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Think I just need to be talked down (chest pain)

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  • Posted By: myalias101
  • August 4, 2011
  • 05:16 PM

Hello and thanks for taking the time to read this.


I think in the end I just need someone to tell me to relax and wait a week or something. What you will read is a bit complex as far as my mental state and actual physical pain, in my opinion, so not sure how to handle it.

Here is the issue. A week ago I noticed I felt like I wasn't breathing very well. I would notice then when I awoke in the morning. I would feel slightly short of breath.

Then, over the coming days, I developed Pericarditis (inflamation of the sack around the heart). Ive gotten this 'all the time' for the past 8 years or so and was diagnosed with Lymes Disease which i suspected was the culprit behind this. I have since been treated for the lymes but I still get the Pericarditis

If you had 6 years to kill you could read about it at http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=7797&page=5

So, i figured the shortness of breath was just due to the (then unknown) oncoming bout of Pericarditis .

But, now that is gone (the Pericarditis ) for the most part but I still feel short of breath and I have a slight pain in my right ribcage, top armpit level, that is of concern to me because I (stupidly) smoked for 23 years. (This Nov will be 2 years of non smoking).

Due to the years of chasing down random symptoms of the Lyme, half my family having MS, and having other health issues that I have never been diagnosed over, I admittedly, freak out (mentally) when things regarding my health occur.

Due to that, i probably see the doctor so much they think I'm crazy.

I can't be going to the doctor all the time.

Plus, it seems all my trips to the doctor end up hurtuing me more than helping me with meds that have left me with new problems that I probably wouldnt of had if I didn't seek help to begin with.

And although I know sometimes Xrays miss things, I had an Xray Nov of last year because at that time I was having bouts of shortness of breath also. That came back fine.

So, I know most people come here looking for help.. but I think i just need someone to tell me to STFU and relax for a week or something before I go into the doctor complaining of pain and and they submit me to yet another Xray , or cat scan, that at this point the last doctor said I should be 'glowing with the lights off' due to all of them that I have had.
And we all know there are potential long term health problems associated with that also.

See, the problem here is that i 'always' have real but unknown pain. I had very intense, ER type pain, in my lower intestinal area that lasted for a couple weeks then just went away. So, due to this its VERY frustrating to put things in the perspective they need to be in. I don't know when to get something looked at so I dont die, or when to ignore something. Doctors have no clue most the time (And i dont fault them for it). Usually they will just say they think i have some sort of everlasting nerve damage from the Lymes or something.

Sorry for the weird post and thanks for any insight.

I guess I just need to tell someone and get some sort of opinion.

For the record.
My energy level is fine.
I exercise and that has been fine also (ive been taking pain meds though for the percarditis) and going lightly.
Appetite is fine.
The pain does not change on deep breaths.
No real cough. Ive been clearing my throat but that could just be stress, or not.
I still feel short of breath.

I know this post was all over the place and i will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

And once again, thanks.

*edit: and when I wake up in the morning my chest doesnt really seem to hurt. It comes on as the day goes on.

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  • hilook here:"pain, in my lower intestinal area" = bowels problem"chest pain/short of breath" = lungs problemAsk any acupuncturist about Lungs meridian and Large Intestine meridian, both are in one pair, so if you have a problem in one meridian, you will get a problem in other meridian (except some special cases). Usually the lungs area is specifically less sensitive than bowels, that is why many people don't notice changes in their lungs along with bowels pathology.
    alltimatehelp 128 Replies Flag this Response
  • Well, I didn't/Haven't gone to the doc.My chest pain has mostly subsided aside from a pain that comes and goes that is not intense, in my upper right ribcage. But I still dont feel like im breathing very well.This is particularly noticeable when laying down. Not sure if its due to the position or due to the fact that when im lying down, im relaxing, and i have 'time' to think about my breathing.But the problem with this is I dont know if im just super stressed out about not breathing well, and this is all just psychological or if I am having issues.I hate my body (and my mind for that matter).I went for a bike ride on Sunday. I was immediately exhausted. Although I have been bike riding for some time as a form of exercise and this was day 3 (in a row). So, i suppose its possible I just need to take a day off. Which im going to do today. But still, it was worst ride ive ever had. And the weird thing is one of my legs is really sore. I mean, getting sore from exercising is not weird but the only times Ive ever gotten sore is when ive taken weeks off and my body had to readjust, not when Ive been doing it all the time.Is it possible to have some sort of 'chest cold, infection' or something with no noticeable symptoms aside from being short of breath?
    myalias101 20 Replies Flag this Response
  • I'm posting to let you know that your posting is not falling on deaf ears.I would think that the reason your posting is simply that your are not findinganswers with your current doctor or doctors. Since you mentioned LymeDisease, I did a quick search and ran across this:http://www.lymediseaseblog.com/lyme-disease-symptoms/All your symptoms could be tied to the effects of this disease. Pleasenote that I am not a doctor, just pointing out what I kind find a fewminutes.Perhaps you need to switch and probably keep switching until you finda doctor that will answer your questions and not just push meds on you and shove you out the door. It sounds like they are just treatingthe symptoms and not really getting to the bottom of the answer.It could also be that treating the symptoms is all they can do.I don't know how difficult it is, but perhaps a doctor who specializes inLyme Disease would be where you can find your answers?Hope this helps.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for the reply.The 'problem' with the Lymes is that I have been treated for it and ...A.) Nearly no doctors will retreat me or even consider it can still be a problem. Most, if not all, have just told me that there is no such thing as being treated for it and then it coming back.B.) Most will just say that its lingering post lymes problems and there is nothing that can be done.c.) Finding a Lyme knowledgeable doctor in Colorado is near impossible. I had only found one, went to him, and he used a lot of questionable medical 'new age' type of ways to diagnose me. He used my blood work to confirm the diagnoses but then would use other ways to diagnose me that were, at least to me, 'weird'. Like he would have a 'stone' on a 'dish' and touch my forehead with his hand and be like "oh, you also have Rocky Mountain spotted Fever" (that is verbatim and not be something he actually said. )Then he would throw massive amounts of antibiotics at me. So many that i developed thrush. D.) my main concern is lung cancer since I smoked for so long and the constant feeling of being slightly out of breath that just came out of the blue 1.5 weeks ago, light chest pains in front and back, and my workout yesterday didn't help to alleviate this fear being so tired so fast when all I did was rest all day before that. But, I really cant have any more xrays. Ive had too many. And I really need to stop going to the doctor because I don't think they take me seriously anymore anyhow. I dont want to take any more meds either. And , currently, im with Kaiser, so I really have few options for a fair second opinion when any 'new' doctor i see will just see my records from the last doctor. My only hope for a doctor is waiting till the year is up and i can switch medical providers and be in a better position to choose a doctor. But up until them im stuck with Kaiser and , for the most part, at a dead end in getting a clean second opinion on things.I just don't know what to do in the mean time. I think I should wait another week before I go to my current doctor to see if my breathing doesn't get better. But its really stressing me out... ughhhh.I'm posting to let you know that your posting is not falling on deaf ears.I would think that the reason your posting is simply that your are not findinganswers with your current doctor or doctors. Since you mentioned LymeDisease, I did a quick search and ran across this:http://www.lymediseaseblog.com/lyme-disease-symptoms/All your symptoms could be tied to the effects of this disease. Pleasenote that I am not a doctor, just pointing out what I kind find a fewminutes.Perhaps you need to switch and probably keep switching until you finda doctor that will answer your questions and not just push meds on you and shove you out the door. It sounds like they are just treatingthe symptoms and not really getting to the bottom of the answer.It could also be that treating the symptoms is all they can do.I don't know how difficult it is, but perhaps a doctor who specializes inLyme Disease would be where you can find your answers?Hope this helps.
    myalias101 20 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for the reply.But its really stressing me out... ughhhh.I can only empathize with you. I see that you have limited choices.But if your have major concerns with your breathing (and if yourinsurance allows it); perhaps, go see a Pulmonologist. They willgive you some breathing test before they take you to the X-ray.I know this because I currently see one due to my issue. (you canread my blog on the Crystaline Sillica exposure).In my case, I am also seeking Somatic Therapy (if you have thecash flow for this). Something called the Alexandre Techniqueis the best.Hope this helps...
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  • Just an update as I know it sucks when you search for someone with similar problems, find them, and then there is never any follow up.So, eventually I broke down and went to the doc.I actually tried going straight to a pulmonary doctor but they wanted me to see my GP first.So i did.The Dr gave me a chest Xray. That came back fine.But another Dr (because I just so happen to be having surgery in 2 weeks) did some other basic tests on me in the same week and one of those tests were a Basic Metabolic Panel...I scored 'high' in that test under the Co2 portion. I came in at 31. Standard results for that are from 20 to 29 mmol. I think.So, not sure how out of line that is in the big picture but there is some evidence my lungs/kidneys might not be working all that well and all of this isn't in my head?So now im no better off then I was before.I still feel like crap.My chest still hurts although now it mostly hurts in the upper right cage area. Across from the top of my armpit (height wise, not next to the armpit). Still not breathing all that well.My Dr said the next step would be to do a CT scan.But he doesn't think its necessary at this point.And at this point I don't want it either as ive already had like 6 of those things and they are horrible for you.So, I need to try and stay away from that.So, no diagnoses... still feeling like crap. Feel like i have no healthy options left to me.Im going to wait another week to see if things don't turn around.Although If they don't, I don't know what to do.
    myalias101 20 Replies
    • August 19, 2011
    • 05:34 PM
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  • So now that you have seen your GP; why not go see the pulm now?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 19, 2011
    • 05:50 PM
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  • I can't argue that. I will do that. Thanks.So now that you have seen your GP; why not go see the pulm now?
    myalias101 20 Replies
    • August 19, 2011
    • 06:06 PM
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