I've been suffering from a grinding, popping and all round discomfort from my left shoulder that reaches down to the back of my left an side of the back of my rib cage for about 2 months now. my arm only feels comfortable when its twisted in a weird position (kind of bent back upon its self) the grinding is bearable just a pain in the **s, but discomfort coming from the side of the ribs is beyond a joke, since it started i get out of breath just walking up the stairs, when i wake up I'm feeling like i cant breath properly for about 10 minutes and getting asleep is just as much a ****h but my GP (i only registered with 6 weeks or so back) seems that she doesn't want to know as I smoke (before i get hounded i know i need to quit - waiting for help with it as have just got over extreme anxiety problems).
I had tests done last year (as one of my left ribs is extruding past the others by about 15mm) so know its not cancer and such, and after a (really brief) seeing by the doctor they told me it is just muscle damage and that theres no worry, even tough all she done is listened to me breathing to make sure there was no infection - can they diagnose muscle damage this way?
I'm struggling with how to rest the muscle when its one thats in constant use while you breath. a heat pack helps but the relief wears off soon and after 2 months of trying to sort it I'm just sick of it and with the GP unwilling to help any further I'm kind of stuck for ideas?
also if it is just muscle damage is it usual to be waking up feeling harsh of breath and also the getting exhausted quickly??
I'm only 24 so its not as if its a case of I'm getting on a bit and by parts warn out, and it wasn't caused by any strain or injury i just woke up one day in pain a its gradually getting worse.
Thanks for your time