1.5 Year of Chrinic chest / back crushing pain

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Hi guys,

About a year and a half ago I woke up one morning in Greece on holiday and could not properly sit up. I had a stabbing pain on the left side of my chest, back and arm. I thought it was my heart but after many tests they could not find anything. I was flown back to A&E in the U.K. Where they could not find anything either. I could not lie down or sit up I was stuck half way in the middle it was agony like a crushing sharp pain.

2 weeks later the stabbing pain turned into a crushing aching pain. It radiated from a spot just under my left shoulder blade, right through into my chest wall and under both arms.

I have had so so so many blood tests, about 10 x-Rays, Bone Scans, 5 MRI scans and they can not find anything wrong with me!

I'm 21 and the last year and a half has been hell for me. The pain is worse when in bed or I have not moved e.g watching TV or driving.

It is a dull, crushing pain and never ever goes it's always there.

About a year ago I visited a chiropractor for months , I had 20 sessions but only 1 was beneficial. I woke up one morning pain free !!! Ben the over to put my socks on and BAM shooting pains all down my lower back and left leg, the pain then shot back up to my chest and back and under my arms and has remained there constantly.

The doctors have given up on me as they can't see anything on paper, I've lost my life basically and they can't even diagnose me sad

Anyone any ideas what the hell it is ?

The only thing that helps is a boiling hot shower, the second I ate out my chest wall tenses up and the pain returns instantly .

Please , please help I'm 21 and feel 90

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    I am really sorry that you are in so much pain. Being in pain for 10 years myself I can appreciate having to deal with pain constantly. I understand that you don't have a diagnosis but I have you looked into any kind of pain control medication to control the pain? If not you really need to get with a pain management doctor that can do something to control the pain you're in even if you don't have a diagnosis. And that does not mean you automatically have to get on opiates. There are other things that the doctor will try first such as Gabapentin which work for nerve pain which is what this sounds like your problem is. You also might do well with injections like trigger point injections or steroid injections I'm not sure exactly where they would do it on your body. But that's why you need to see a pain management specialist. They would know how to handle that. That would at least get you some pain control while you tried to find out some reason for your pain. In the meantime I want to recommend a site for you to join that has helped me. Not only will it help you in getting some support but someone might have some suggestions as to what might be the problem or what you might be able to do to help your problem. That site is called My Chronic Pain. One other thing you haven't mentioned is going to a physical therapist. You may need to get some pain control before doing that but that is an absolute must do. Physical therapy may very well help with the pain. Whatever the case is I hope you find help soon.

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    Hi, So sorry you are having such a hard time. I agree with amkoffee and would add you need a nerve conduction test. This may be a pinched nerve, a bulging disc that sort of thing. When nerves are involved it is a major problem. This is going to take perseverance and it can turn out to be a big job trying to find what is going on. You have my best wishes and good luckYou have to keep fighting, sending a hug your way.☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️
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    Hi guys ,

    Saw my doctor this morning who again was useless. However , he has referred me to a pain clinic, he said it's a 3 month wait though, shame they didn't do it 1.5 years ago, I want to go into the Fire Service and this is stopping me.

    So you guys think it's a pinched nerve ? Honestly I have had so many tests and they can never find anything and think I'm over reacting.

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      Hi again, DO NOT let anyone tell you it is in your head!! Truth is this is hard to diagnose and the average Dr. Isn't educated for it. You do need pain management type Drs. Once you find out what is going on you will have choices for help. However, you need to be aware that these kind of issues can and do influence what you are capable of handling. If you have to reexamine your choices you can and you will!! You are not a whimp!! It is not in your head, you tell them your body is trying to tell you and them that something is wrong. Keep strong buddie! ????????

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