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.