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Chest and armpit pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 13, 2007
  • 00:41 AM

I have had pain under my left armpit and upper left chest for the past 4 years. I'm a 33 year old male, who doesn't smoke or drink alcohol. I ended up in the E.R. 4 years ago due to the pain, where they did tests and said that it was muscle pain and sent me home with pain meds. The pain in my chest and armpit lasts throughout the day, and gets worse with exercise and lifting things over my head. I have seen numerous doctors, and have done mri's, tredmill tests, x-rays, nerve tests, ekg's, etc with no answer. At first my doctor thought that it was costocondritis, and said the pain would go away in a month and gave me pain meds. He then said that it was gerd and gave me nexium which didn't work. He then sent me to an orthopedic dr who gave me a cortisone shot in my left shoulder which wasn't a big help. The pain is above the rib cage and feels heavy and can be recreated when pushed on. I am frustrated and looking for someone who may have had the same problems that I have. Four years is way to long to live with this pain! Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated.

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