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Chest discomfort

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 28, 2006
  • 11:01 AM

For several years now I have had pain/pressure/tightness in my chest. It will range from sharp pain center left of my cheast to tightness all over the whole chest causing me to feal like I'm suficating. Many times it will cause pain either in the left shoulder blade or the cender of my back between the shoulder blades. I have gone to the Dr and they give me a EKG and it comes back negative, they take chest x-rays, and that comes back OK. I have had an asthma test and that came back negative. Anybody out there have any idea what this could be, or what I should ask them to look for next?

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  • Exactly I am having the same for past 6 months now. Had a panic attack in the begning when my father-in-law passed suddenly passed away. Was taking Klonopin for a while but then stopped it. Still sometimes it is worse and sometimes it just disappears all the way. Also my left ear is has a whisling sound as well. Anybody there who had similar symptoms, please hlep....
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 30, 2006
    • 03:37 AM
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  • For several years now I have had pain/pressure/tightness in my chest. It will range from sharp pain center left of my cheast to tightness all over the whole chest causing me to feal like I'm suficating. Many times it will cause pain either in the left shoulder blade or the cender of my back between the shoulder blades. I have gone to the Dr and they give me a EKG and it comes back negative, they take chest x-rays, and that comes back OK. I have had an asthma test and that came back negative. Anybody out there have any idea what this could be, or what I should ask them to look for next?I have the same problem. It comes and goes evry few months and may last for weeks. I've had a stress test twice in the last 4 years and the last time they did an angiogram and didn't find anything except maybe hypertension. My doctor is not very helpful now that heart problems have been ruled out. The pain is annoying at best and debilitating at worst. No one seems to know what it is. Any ideas?
    noidea 1 Replies
    • October 31, 2006
    • 10:22 AM
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  • I had the same feeling went to doctor many times and ended up in the hospitol. Surgeon came in had ultra sound done and found out I had stone in my gall bladder. Hope you find out what it is have it checked out.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 2, 2006
    • 04:47 PM
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  • I am having similar problems. I have been in the emergency section of a hospital twice with shortness of breath, heart palpitations, soreness in chest wall, but all tests comes back ok. Now, I am having pain in middle of back, shoulder and chest and no one can tell me why. I am worried about having lung cancer.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 5, 2006
    • 05:39 AM
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  • You Might Wanna Check About Costochondritis And Tietze Syndrome
    Melody 5 Replies
    • November 5, 2006
    • 07:18 AM
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  • Wow...those are some of the symptoms that I have been having. It started with extreme neck stiffness,palpitations, pressure in chest, and now shortness of breath. I have seen 3 cardiologists, and Internist, Neurologists, and several GPs. This is driving me crazy. I have had EEGs. EKGs, several Echocardiograms, MRIs, CT scans, etc. They have not found anything wrong. My symptoms continue to get worse. My vitals are "picture-perfect". I am 25 years old and played professional sand volleyball for the past 5 years. Now I can't play because of these symptoms. Someone PLEASE HELP!!!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 5, 2006
    • 07:48 PM
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  • COSTOCHONDRITISCostochondritis is an inflammation of the junctions where the upper ribs join with the cartilage that holds them to the breastbone or sternum. The condition causes localized chest pain that you can reproduce by pushing on the cartilage in the front of your ribcage. Costochondritis is a relatively harmless condition and usually goes away without treatment. The cause is usually unknown. Costochondritis is also considered as a possible diagnosis for adults who have chest pain. Chest pain in adults is considered a potentially serious sign of a heart problem by most doctors until proven otherwise. Chest pain in adults usually leads to a battery of tests to rule out heart disease. If those tests are normal, and your physical exam is consistent with costochondritis, your doctor will diagnose costochondritis as the cause of your chest pain. It is important, however, for adults with chest pain to be examined and tested before being diagnosed with costochondritis. Often it is difficult to distinguish the two, without further testing. The condition affects females more than males (70% versus 30%). Costochondritis may also occur as the result of an infection or as a complication of surgery on your sternum.Tietze syndrome is often referred to as costochondritis, but the two are distinct conditions. You can tell the difference by noting the following:Tietze syndrome usually comes on abruptly, with chest pain radiating to your arms or shoulder and lasting several weeks.Sneezing, coughing, deep breathing, or twisting your chest can increase the pain.Costochondritis CausesCostochondritis is an inflammatory process but usually has no definite cause. Repeated minor trauma to the chest wall or viral respiratory infections can commonly cause chest pain due to costochondritis. Occasionally, costochondritis as a result of bacterial infections can occur in people who use IV drugs or who have had surgery to their upper chest. After surgery the cartilage can become more prone to infection, because of reduced blood flow in the region that has been operated on. Different types of infectious diseases can cause costochondritis.Viral: Costochondritis commonly occurs with viral respiratory infections because of the inflammation of costochondral junctions from the viral infection itself, or from straining from coughing.Bacterial: Costochondritis may occur after surgery and be caused by bacterial infections.Fungal: Fungal infections are rare causes of costochondritis
    Melody 5 Replies
    • November 5, 2006
    • 09:18 PM
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  • Costochondritis TreatmentSelf-Care at HomeTreatment involves conservative local care with careful use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve) as needed.Local heat or ice may be helpful to relieve the symptoms.Avoid unnecessary exercise or activities that make the symptoms worse. Avoid contact sports until there is improvement in symptoms and then return to normal activities only as tolerated.P/S: THIS IS JUST ONE OF THE POSSIBBILITIES OF UNDIAGNOSED CHEST PAIN..SEE YOUR DOCTOR FIRST..
    Melody 5 Replies
    • November 5, 2006
    • 09:23 PM
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  • ive been having similear symptoms, chest pain which is prodametly on the left but moves to the right occasionly and sometimes into my neck,shoulder and armpit with bouts of shortness of breath. Started a few months ago, been in hospital twice, no heart problem had a CT snd V/Q scan because of a high d-dimer count, but came back low probibilty. Because the doctors found nothing, dont think they are taking me seriously anymore. Have slight reflux but not the cause, recently have found my self anxious about this, it ranges from severe to mild and im getting it every day now. woul;d like to get it sorted, interfering with life, college, socialising and sport. i am only just gone 20, any ideas?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 9, 2006
    • 07:49 PM
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  • Well, I don't usually have pain as one of my symptoms. Have they done an EKG. echocardiogram, and chest x-ray. I would have them do those to ruile out everything else. After that, I would look into Neurological problems (Fibomyalgia, and forms of Arthritis). It sounds like it could be inflammatory. ~TAKE CARE~
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 9, 2006
    • 08:03 PM
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  • For several years now I have had pain/pressure/tightness in my chest. It will range from sharp pain center left of my chest to tightness all over the whole chest causing me to feal like I'm suficating. Many times it will cause pain either in the left shoulder blade or the cender of my back between the shoulder blades. Also, I feel like I catch a mini-cold when this pain happens..
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    • December 5, 2006
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  • I have severe fibromyalgia (all of my life) and for the past 9 months I have been dealing with this intense chest and upper back pain along with shortness of breath, neck and shoulder pain, a chronic cough that only occurs at night and a rib cage that can't be touched for fear of what I will do to whomever attempts it! I have had all kinds of tests (heart, lung, etc...) and we have ruled out any of those things so as usual we have to go back to the fibro and realize I have developed a new symtom that isn't going away anytime soon. Some of you that have posts on here are in your 20's and although it sounds too awful to be true - you just may have the onset of fibro. If you play any type of sports that can be ******n your upper back and chest area (volleyball, basketball, football, etc...) you are a candidate for fibro starting in the affected area after repeated injuries or say you were in a car accident and then topped that off with a chest or upper back injury a few months or so later or maybe you moved some heavy furniture or appliances on top of all of that - you are causing the infamation to flare up. Myself, I took a blow to my chest 3 years ago, after about 6 months the pain finally let up, then my grandson was born in April and needed my care for a week in May which of course meant carrying him around - he was about 12 pounds at the time, but 12 pounds of "dead" weight because he couldn't hold himself up - the pain flared up again, a few months later a friend passed away and my husband and I took his dog for a few days to help the family out - the dog is a VERY strong hunting dog and I thought I could walk him around our house to tie him up in the back yard....he decided to bolt which jerked my upper body to the point of falling. The pain is very severe and has not let up since. I have plenty of prescription pain meds to take but they just aren't cutting it - including oxycodone. I have resorted to my husbands Jack Daniels a few times which helps but is not a good route to take. It does however relax me which is probably why the pain lets up. I have included a link to a page that further explains this stuff. Take a few minutes to read and see if perhaps that is the avenue you need to explore! Good Luck everyone and I hope that you are lucky enough to find a Dr. that is helpful, like I have. http://www.fibromyalgia-symptoms.org/fibromyalgia_chest_symptoms.html
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 12, 2006
    • 08:38 PM
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  • My husband is suffering from SEVERE shortness of breath! HELP! He had an esophagectomy due to pre-cancer of the esophagus 4 yrs ago and has experienced shortness of breath since that time, however it has recently gotten much worse. He also had chest wall reconstruction (4 yrs ago) due to a herniated lung from the esophagectomy. In August of this year he had surgery for a torn rotator cuff and about a week after that the shortness of breath became SEVERE. He has been in the hospital 4 times since September and no one can tell him why he can't breath. He has no pain, (chest wall is some what numb due to surgeries) but he does have night sweats. He recently had a bacterial/fungal infection. Any ideas on what could be causing the shortness of breath?
    InTheSouth 1 Replies
    • December 15, 2006
    • 08:12 PM
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  • i have asthma and my chest allways hurts in the middle is that normal for it to do that.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 17, 2006
    • 07:20 AM
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  • For several years now I have had pain/pressure/tightness in my chest. It will range from sharp pain center left of my cheast to tightness all over the whole chest causing me to feal like I'm suficating. Many times it will cause pain either in the left shoulder blade or the cender of my back between the shoulder blades. I have gone to the Dr and they give me a EKG and it comes back negative, they take chest x-rays, and that comes back OK. I have had an asthma test and that came back negative. Anybody out there have any idea what this could be, or what I should ask them to look for next?yes,i have just got back from hospital today 19/5/07 with the same as above,i have a history of back problems..(hip bone put in neck...fusing...spina bifida and lumbago/sciatica at the bottom of spine),the doctor was brilliant,run all of the chest tests andall were fine...he quoted,it would be the cervical spine at 2and 3 (pressure on the spinal nerves!)i hope this helps....mention it? its so frightening isnt it?
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  • You might want to have them rule out LUPUS
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  • i have the same problems most of you are describing iv had it in the past nearly 2 years ago it was so painful i thought i was dying of lung cancer. i smoked to which made me think it even more. i have no breathing problems what so ever i can exercise and it doesnt get worse. the thing is if it was something so serious id be on deaths door nowim recently having troubles with my chest again iv had it for 2 months now an its getting better with time my pains tend to chance from day to day numbness in chest to pains between ribs and so on, they even change places. iv been to the docs twice iv had no tests because my doctor is a waste of time and he cant see any reason for it to be anything seirous. the doc did say to me that my type of job does help (heavy lifting). im only 20 years old so i souldnt be in any serious ill health just yet fingers crossed if im still alive in another 2 years i no its just minor chest pain loli dont really worry about it any more iv just got used to it. i used to worry about it that much that i made my pains worse and i gave myself nose bleeds but i cant see the point im still alive. i jus took the docs advise by trying to relax more. TRY THIS WEBSITE IT MAY HELP SOME OF YOUTietze's syndrome, also known as costochondritishttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tietze's_syndromeTHE BEST THING I CAN SAY TO THOSE WHO HAVE HAD TESTS IS DONT WORRY ANXIETY WILL JUST MAKE IT WORSE IT MAYBE ALL IN YOUR HEAD JUST RELAX A LITTLE BIT YOU MIGHT FIND THEY WILL GO OFF, IF YOU WANT TO WORRY, WORRY WHEN YOU COUGH UP BLOOD
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 19, 2008
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  • Exactly I am having the same for past 6 months now. Had a panic attack in the begning when my father-in-law passed suddenly passed away. Was taking Klonopin for a while but then stopped it. Still sometimes it is worse and sometimes it just disappears all the way. Also my left ear is has a whisling sound as well. Anybody there who had similar symptoms, please hlep....hey - I have exactly the same thing - what happend with the left ear whistle...........it is constant with me and pressure between shoulder blades....
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  • I have the same problem. It comes and goes evry few months and may last for weeks. I've had a stress test twice in the last 4 years and the last time they did an angiogram and didn't find anything except maybe hypertension. My doctor is not very helpful now that heart problems have been ruled out. The pain is annoying at best and debilitating at worst. No one seems to know what it is. Any ideas?5141 I am having the same symptoms and they told me it was costrochondritis but I think it is something else. Mine started every few months now I am having them every day all day long. I had all kinds of test I am at the point where I lost my voice from this. I also lost my job because I could not saty working in pain all day. I am also looking for answers for the same question. Sorry there is not much I could help you with but when I get any answers I will post.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 24, 2010
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  • Fibromyalgia is a virus. A virus affects both sides of the body. My doctor thought I had it until he realized the about 90% of my pain is on the left side and with all the symptoms that everyone is mentioning in here. Chest discomfort, slight pain by in between my left shoulder blade and my spine, and acid reflux. I don't think everyone here has the early onset of fibro. Also, I think that fibro can be helped with moderate exercise. I was beginning to get leg pain in my left leg as well, but then I started exercising and my pain in my left leg is gone. Maybe if you try some light walking for about 30 minutes 3 days a week it would help. I know when you're suffering with pain the thought of exercise makes you cringe almost more than the pain, but trust me I think it helps a lot! Like everyone else here I've been to a neurologist who tried to throw meds at me, but did no tests. He "had no idea" what could be wrong. Several quacks who shouldn't have received degrees, and then my lovely genius of an internalist/family doctor who just retired. I'm about to find an endocrinologist to find out if I have any internal damages to my organs. I think with those who have reflux that this is a good idea. Also, finding natural cures for reflux rather than meds. The meds always made my heartburn worse. Anyway, I'm no doctor, just someone with a lot of experience with being stuck with needles for tests that come out normal. And I'm only 24. If only people would listen to the lot of us who are all having the same symptoms. I don't believe in costro either. I think there's got to be an underlying cause behind all of these problems...and I'm going to get to the bottom of it eventually. If anyone knows anything more, pleeeeeease let me know. Oh and I've also been tested for lupus..big negative there too... Apparently it's not an auto-immune disorder. At least we hope so. My sister keeps swearing that everyone should stop eating gluten and their problems would go away.
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