Chest pain on breathing, moving and coughing. Doctors not helping and I cannot move due to the pain!
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I started to get chest pain on Thursday night whilst cooking dinner. It was an intense stabbing pain which worsened on moving and breathing in. It subsided for a little while but came back awfully whilst I was eating dinner. It got so bad that my partner called an ambulance as we were worried it was my heart. A paramedic arrived and checked me over, he couldn't hear anything in my lungs and my blood pressure, heart rate and ecg all showed nothing. He asked me to go to the hospital to have blood tests but wasn't overly concerned
the next day I went to my GP who sent me for a chest xray. the pain continued on the Friday but I woke up on Saturday and it was gone entirely. I went back to work Saturday, Sunday and Monday all without the pain.
Tuesday (yesterday) I woke up at 3am drenched in sweat and the chest pain had come back so violently. I could not breathe in or move without it feeling as though someone was pushing a knife through the centre of my chest. I managed to get myself to work and worked until 9am. I finally gave in and took myself to A&E where my heart was checked again and came back fine. I was told there was a 4 hour wait to see a doctor but I couldn't wait as I had a meeting at work so I stupidly left the hospital. the pain got so intense to the point where I couldn't lift anything up and driving was impossible so I went back to the go who assessed me again. My chest xray had come back clear and the doctor was worried that I had a clot on my lungs so advised I went straight back to A&E which I did. this time I had blood tests for clotting etc, another chest xray and an ecg. I was doubled over in pain and scared to move to make it worse. I was given morphine and codeine for the pain which did not improve it. I was told that all tests were clear and told I could go home. I said I didn't want to go home until I knew what was wrong but I got no answers and was told to wait to see if it subsides.
I've woken up today with intense pain, I woke up during the night due to the pain several times and could only sleep flat on my back with my arms across my chest. I have to breathe very shallow and can't move too much as the stabbing pain starts. I have had to take today off work as I'm incapable of any activity other than sitting with my chest on my knees. does anyone have any ideas what this could be? I'm baffled and I need to get better as I do not get paid sick pay from work.
My health is not great at the moment;
- smoke between 20-30 cigarettes a day
- I have ankylosing spondilitis which affects my lower spine, hips and i have fusion in my sacroiliac joints due to inflammation
- I currently take etoricoxib (anti inflammatory), omeprazole (for acid reflux), meptazinol 200mg (pain relief) and an oral contraceptive
- I have had a terrible chesty cough for months which has got worse recently and I cough up a light brown coloured phlegm everyday which goes a pale green colour later in the day
- I am 25 years old and female
- I have no history of heart problems in my family
I hope someone can help because I'm at the end of my tether with this pain and the doctors don't seem to be helping or wanting to help.
thank you 😦
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