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I am a 20 year old female, have had lung and chest pains over 2 years. Doctors have not diagnosed.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 28, 2014
  • 01:15 AM

Hi their, I am wondering if anyone has any advice or help you can throw my way. I am a 20 year old female, I am just underweight and have a reasonable good diet. I am really worried about myself and the doctors will not give me any answers. I am currently in Australia on a working holiday Visa so it is hard and expensive for me to keep going to the doctors here to get no answers. I am a British Citizen.
I am first going to start with my smokers history. I started smoking when I was 16 years old, I smoked 10-20 a day for the first 2 years, cut down to 10 a day for the next 2 years, then had enough of smoking and cut down to 5 cigarettes a day, then moved to rolling tobacco as it had less chemicals in. Then I thought now is the time to quit and I did. I brought a E-Cigarette Shisha(vapor)- Which consists of putting liquid into the device. I am now addicted to this E-Cigarette due to replacing it as my addiction. I have been smoking it for about 2 months now.
It all started just over 2 years ago when my lungs and chest started to get these strange pains, they were very un-comfortable and worrying. I thought at the time their was a problem with my heart as well as it was strongest in the chest, heavier and heavier, I was coughing and finding it hard to breath more in the night. When the pains got too much I went to the hospital and they done a blood test, said I was fine and sent me home. Like they do. The day after, it was getting worse. But I thought maybe it would get better if I stop worrying about it, at the time I was travelling and working. I went to sleep that night and I woke up early hours in the morning screaming as the pain was so horrific and I thought I was going to die, every time I breathed in it felt like I was getting stabbed in the heart. I couldn't stand or move, my other half called an ambulance straight away.
As soon as I got into the ambulance they checked my heart strait away, sorry I can't explain how they did it, but I was wired up to a machine. They told me that it isn't my heart, after I knew it wasn't I felt so much better.. Deep down I had a different opinion but that's us being humans. I got to the hospital and I still couldn't walk due to pain, they straight away gave me morphine and tablets to stop the pain. I had blood tests and nothing came up, so they took me for a chest scan, they told me that my left lung had lung inflammation. I thought to myself how could a lung inflammation cause this much pain all over my chest and my lungs. However that's what they told me so I was dismissed after 5 hours when I was numb from the pain and told to take 1 paracetamol and 1 ibuprofen every 4 hours, 3 times a day for the next month.
After a week or two the pain dispersed. However through time it comes back, sometimes for weeks, sometimes not for a month and then it hits me hard, some days worse than others. Every time it has got too painful or worrying I have gone to my GP or the Hospital and explained my history and they do a blood test and check my lungs (breathing etc) and find their is nothing wrong with me. It has now come back while I am at the start of my year in Australia, if I was in England I would demand for them to find out what is wrong with me. I am scared that it might be my E-Cigarette that is making it worse so I am trying my best not to smoke it. However I am stressed due to it.
If anyone has had similar or any advice what to do in Australia with the doctors here, or what I should demand for? I've had enough and I'm scared that something is seriously wrong with me. This is not right for a healthy 20 year old girl.

Thank you. Jade.

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