Chest pain that won't go away

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Hi, the first thing that I want to state is my age which I know is sort of irrelevant when it comes to potential heart issues, though I just thought that it'd make my questions a lot easier to answer. With that being said I just turned seventeen years old and for about a week or so, I've been having unexplained chest pain. I have major health anxiety and my entire family is aware of it, but at this point they're so dismissive of it because they think that it's all in my head. My anxiety was so bad that I went to the ER back in June because I thought I was having a heart attack, and it turned out that I wasn't. You can read about it in one of my other posts: https://patient.info/forums/discuss/i-ve-been-having-anxiety-over-the-possibility-of-having-a-stroke-brain-tumor-blood-clot--604468.

The months after I went to the ER I felt fine and did not experience any chest pain and I didn't have much anxiety about it anymore. That is until now. Early last week, I think that it was on a Monday, I was experiencing chest pain again for the first time in months. Only it was not like the usual pain that I felt. The pain I currently feel is on the sides of my chest and under my chest as well. The pain is felt on both sides of my chest, though it did begin on the left side first. It does not feel excruciating but it still hurts and makes it hard for me not to be anxious. When I tried telling my parents about it they didn't think that it was a big deal, and I'm hoping that they're right.

I google a lot of symptoms and I just want to clarify that the pain is not worse when I breathe in, cough, or anything else. I don't have shortness of breath and my arms do not hurt either. I also don't feel pain in my neck or jaw. I am however experiencing more indigestion and though I have before, it feels worse when accompanied with chest pain. The pain doesn't get worse with physical activity either. I'm just really confused as to what this could be.

 

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    Hi. I'm not a medic but can identify with much of what you report. You will probably know that the body reacts sometimes irrationally to stimuli that you can't figure out the origins of, often referred to as the fight or flight apparatus. For myself if I encounter a seemingly unsolvable problem then I get to experience the simptoms of stress.... Which morph into all kinds of aches and pains that disappear when the problem resolves itself. It kinda doesn't help in some ways when those you turn to for advice or reassurance cannot understand your situation and dismiss it as fanciful. You seem a bright person who would readily understand that much of what you feel is transitory but nevertheless real for you. Assuming you have undergone examination for this, and nothing found will go some way to reassure you. I urge you to seek advice and reassurance from a neutral source that will hopefully explain what is happening and therefore allow you to live your life in peace and freedom. My very best wishes for your future

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    Thank you for reading my reply. If I can help further please do not hesitate to relate. I know from experience how confining the feelings and sensations you are subjected to can be. Best wishes
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    A minor update: So far a lot of my symptoms seem similar to GERD symptoms, and I have been taking antacids and drinking apple cider vinegar to help. They work and the pain does go away for a while. Though now it's at the point where it bothers me literally every day and I'm just tired of it at this point. As I'm typing this, I feel pain on my right side under my chest when I take a deep breath, and I'm the only one awake at my house right now. I'm just trying not to be too scared and after I'm done with this I'm going to drink apple cider vinegar to see if that improves anything. 

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    Hey, do you actually regurgitate bile acid? If so do be careful. ,a result of this can be bronchiectasis, a lung disorder that comes from unnatural widening of the airways causing ,pain, excess mucus ,coughing and ultimately chest infection. Your symptoms could also stem from a pleuritic source ,all of which should be qualified by specialists in those fields. conversely, you also seem very agitated by what you feel ,as is reasonable ,maybe seek advice about stress related symptoms. Especially if gastro intestinal reflux is an issue. Good luck finding a resolution. We will be thinking of your needs

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      I didn't regurgitate anything as of right now. I did think about pleurisy and I know that symptoms are different for everyone, but I only feel pain when I breathe in deeply, not when I cough or move. I think I will call my doctor and ask about the symptoms, especially if they are related to something serious or something like gastro intestinal reflux. I will note that the pain went away after I drank apple cider vinegar, but now I'm starting to feel the pain again but it's not as bad as it was earlier. Thank you for responding again.

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    Happy to help. Here in the UK we use lanzoprozole for acid reflux which is very effective. Maybe where u live it's called smth different. the most important thing is to find the root cause. So with that good luck . Keep in touch

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    Update: I'm not really in the best place right now. The chest pain has gone away for the moment but right now I'm experiencing a symptom I have not had in these past two weeks. In my left arm, there's tightness and slight pain in the middle of it. I don't know where it came from and my mind went right to a heart attack. I'm really scared and I'm thinking of going to the hospital, though I'm not sure if my parents would want to take me, they don't think that it's serious and I'm hoping that they're right but I still don't know where this unexpected pain came from. 

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      Update: I waited to late to call the doctor. My night was stressful but today, I have no chest pain or arm pain. I haven’t been sleeping that well but last night I did and I’m working on improving my diet and doing more things to manage my indigestion. I’m planning on scheduling an appointment with my doctor so I can be aware of the exact cause of these symptoms that seem to be on and off. I’ll update if I feel any of them again.
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    Wow in so short a space of time,a much more positive attitude. Sleep of good quality Is often the best medicine, and the right frame of mind before sleep. I hope you will be symptom free for some time to enable your body and mind to recover further. For you, what you feel is very real but you are intelligent and can overcome whatever befalls you. Keep positive.

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      A month has elapsed, so how are you doing? Here's hoping the positive attitude you displayed then still supports you. Kind regards.

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