Chest pain over the heart

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I am suffering from left chest heaviness/discomfort for the last 10 months since February 2018 on a daily basis lasting almost all hours of the day. I am a male, 42 years old, smoking many years, not known health issues– only cystitis on the bladder removed through cystoscopy last year.

This left chest discomfort is mostly below the left nipple and sometimes move to the left (on the armpit) or to the right (close to center of chest). This feeling/pain makes be miserable and prevent me from every day

activities including work. When happens sometimes I feel like to faint and seek emergency advise as soon as possible. Not much stress at work. AT times I do not have that feeling heavy headaches are coming.

When initially started (February 2018) I went to the emergency and made all related exams (ECG, blood testing, X ray) which came back fine. After for a period of three months I went another 4 times to the emergency doing the same with same results. In addition, I have been to various professions (cardiac, gastro, pulmonologist, neurologist, neurosurgeon, rheumatologist, physical therapy). All related tests including ECGs, echo, Trend mill, CT heart with dye (cardiac), CT thoracic, fluoroscopy, endoscopy,

colonoscopy (gastro), various blood tests including prostate, thyroid etc., CT chest, various X rays at numerous directions, X ray neck, and physical examination by neurologist were found ok. In addition, I did physical therapy including TENS, magnetic fields, laser, and massage. However, although the results of all tests were ok

I was having the same chest discomfort on a daily basis which was a bit relieved only by placing hot plaster at chest. At early June 2018, the gastro doctor has prescribed amitriptyline (at 10mg daily before sleep which later on increased to 20mg).

After some time (2 weeks) chest heaviness/discomfort was reduced in frequency to the half (instead of daily it was every two to three days). However, at mid-September I realize that amitriptyline was not adding any value and thus I stopped it. A week after the chest heaviness/discomfort came back more

intense every day lasting the whole day and did not go away with ibuprofen, paracetamol, etc. The only thing which a bit produce a relief was capsicum plasters placed either on the back or chest side (due to the heat the discomfort was felt taken off).

I went the last three weeks again to the emergency and GP and prescribed with baclofen which I took for almost two weeks with no results at all. Then, last week, the gastro doctor advise to start again the amitriptyline (initially to 10mg).

As a conclusion, after having all these exams and pills nothing has been improved and the chest heaviness/discomfort is still here all day every day. Doctors told me that is something muscular/neuro, however, when I asked them whether it is costochondritis, fibromyalgia, or rheumatic polymyalgia they told me that they do not believe. As such the matter was left open with diagnosis of atypical chest pain.

Can you please help me???????

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    Try and cut down smoking, although nothing has come back on your tests, your body can give you an early warning sign that something maybe wrong. It sounds lung related because of the pain going to the armpit. Have you tried the e cigarettes or vaping? You are still of an age where you can stop serious damage happening.

    when you get a craving, try distracting yourself with a computer game, they can be quite addictive and take over for a bit. It is how I quit. Just distracted myself with computer games I didn't want to put down! I didn't smoke as long as you though so I know it will be harder for you. Ask your doctor if there is any help available to quit.

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    This is my story. Seriously I am not lying but exactly this is what is happening with me since July 2018.

    I used to run everyday for 3 miles atleast , active Gym life and all. One day suddenly I got so called panic attack where I had chest pressure and max Blood Pressure was around 150/95. Within 5 minutes I was with EMS and they did ECG /EKG which was all normal. After that I went couple of times to ER and many doctors including Gastro , Cardio , Neuro and GP. I tried all of them when again I visited to new city and all of them are saying everything is normal . 2D ECHO , CT Scan , EKG everything is normal.

    Yes , I do have issues with my stomach as I always get constipated , acid reflux and having minor Antral Gastritis because of H-PYLORI. This was eradicated and have had past 3 negative tests for H Pylori including biopsy.

    I still have feeling of being drunk or some kind of brain fog or visibility issues ( like I suddenly feel some darkness etc.) these symptoms I tried to explain and everyone thinks I am having Anxiety.

    They gave me Tryptomar , Zanxax etc. I never tried them because I dont believe if its anxiety. I get good sleep , weight is also 200lbs for 30 years old and 6 feet tall.

    Tried everything from Alopathy to Homeopathy and Ayurveda as well. I would appreciate if anyone knows whats going on with us ......


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