Chest pain for 3 years! Please help

Posted , 4 users are following.

This discussion has been locked due to a period of inactivity. Start a new discussion

OK so to start out I'm 23 years old I weight 185 lbs and I'm bout 5'10. Anyways for as long as I can remember I've had a chest ache on the left side of my chest right where the heart should be. It's a dull ache but it's like it's always there. It doesn't hurt when I apply pressure or push on it, but I do notice that when I stretch my chest up towards the ceiling I feel an intense soreness. I've been to the doctor countless times I've had ekgs, blood work, and x rays which came back fine. Thus is really ruining my life I have no energy because of it I just want to lay in bed all day and am scared of a heart attack at any time. I've tried antacids because I know I have reflux it helps with reflux but not the chest pain at all. I feel like I've tried everything and nothing will get rid of it which is why I am still worried of a heart condition. It's just like an ache that's always there and my chest is always sore when I stretch. I really just want to feel normal again I know it isn't anxiety because the pain intensives when I stretch only certain ways though. Someone please please help me you will save me.

0 likes, 10 replies

Report

10 Replies

  • Posted

    It feels like their is something in my chest in the left side that I just need to pull out because it's weighing it down and causing an ache
    Report
  • Posted

    Most likely costoconditis. Have you had any back pain or injuries.
    Report
    • Posted

      I've thought that and no, no back pain but the thing with costochondritis is that they say u can remake pain by pressing on the spot that hurts but I can't the pain is random and dull and can be very bad when I stretch my chest upward.
      Report
    • Posted

      Try mega food tumeric strength for whole body and take it religiously for a month I swear by it for inflammation so if you have no ribs out of place and the pain is inflammation this will work
      Report
  • Posted

    Hi Micheal I been having exactly these pains on the left side of my chest for 8 month I been hospital many time

    the A@E doctor I getting fed up of me I been gp they say it's all enxyety I had xrays esg many time cholesterol test and it's still there when u lye down to go bed it get worse I start filling evan worse pains and more symptoms I'm 23 years old and it might be all enxyety try to exercise you will fill better and try jog drink a lot of water it makes me fill better when I do this ant tell your gp to refer you for further investigation I asked then for that they refering me to to a Hart specialist wish you all the best if you find out anything let me know

    Report
  • Posted

    Have you been tested for angina  mine has been ignored to this day.Anaethetists won't take the risk.I suspect because I've been a smoker .It is still not addressed  even though given up when had an MI .Keep persisting. Those who revived me  said I was lucky but had been having acupuncture all year as had been ignored weekly by GPspretending had mental symptons..
    Report
  • Posted

    Hi, first of all, I hope by now you've had your chest pain problem all figured out and solved. Anyway, I'm writing just to share my own experience with the similar bouts of chest pain I've been enduring since early last year. 

    It all started when I had the flu which surprisingly lasted for more than 3 weeks. However, I had left it untreated bcause at that time I was so wrapped up with my new job. When the incessant coughing became unbearable, I finally took myself to the doctor's office and received the usual medical attention for common cold/flu which helped in clearing off the coughing.

    The chest pain started months after that and I noticed the pain whenever I was feeling stressed out. Doctors describe the pain to be a musculoskeletal condition where the joints at the rib cage are inflamed and I've been given muscle relexants to ease the pain. I'm sure you'd believe me when I say that the pain is excruciatingly painful and frightening.

     

    I'd like also to mention that costoncondritis is an anxiety related problem, which means that if I'm caught with a lot of stressful situations more than I could cope, the chest pain will come back to haunt me; I've been prescribed with anxiety medications which also helps in controlling the excessive worries whenever the pain hurts me beyond my control.

    Also I've been advised to shed off my excessive weight by practically all the doctors I've been to due to my costocondritis problem; I'm overweight for my height and I find doing a moderate intensity exercise for 30 mins a day can greatly help with the joint pains, in your case you might want to go easy with the weight lifting in case the heavy weights might cause your muscles to tear.

    Anyway, if you've done the EKGs, countless blood test and chest X-rays a few time and your heart conditions are reported to be normal and well, you might as well be happy about it because it's true. What I do nowadays is admit to myself (whenever I have this nagging chest pain) that the pain is a muscular pain which might be caused by anxiety (depression in my case) and I'd just have to deal with the anxiety part of my problem in order for the chest pain to subside. It is painful to stretch when the pain is attacking you and that's because the muscles are not sore because of exercise, the muscles are the thing that causes you to feel the pain. So stretching in this situation is not going to help. Aerobics exercise as well as staying away from stressful situations however does help in easing the pain. 

    Anyway, I hope this information helps but if you're already well, congratulations.    

    Report

Join this discussion or start a new one?

New discussion

Report as inappropriate

Thanks for your help!

We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters. Always speak to your doctor before acting and in cases of emergency seek appropriate medical assistance immediately. Use of the forums is subject to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and steps will be taken to remove posts identified as being in breach of those terms.

newnav-down newnav-up