Costochondritis Worries

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21, female. Went to ER recently and have been diagnosed with Costochondritis, but I'm really not all that convinced...

My symptoms include:

-Mainly shoulder blade pain (pain in both or at one side) Also pain between the shoulder blades

-Chest pain/tightness/heaviness (not right in the middle but around)

- Left arm pain/tightness/numbness (mostly in arm pit, but the whole arm as well). This arm would get really weak also


- Dizziness

-Nausea (no vomiting)

-Neck and jaw pain (mostly left side)

-Tooth ache/pain (only for a little while)

I would say the pain is mostly constant, but every now and then, it'll simmer down for a moment. It doesn't really worsen when my chest is being pressed on. But I just get this constant tightness/heaviness feeling. And right now, my right shoulder blade is in so much pain.

Pain killers don't seem to be working.

I've had EKG, Chest Xray, blood tests, and echo. All normal. And I've been to the ER multiple times for this already. I went to different ERs as well. I would go back to the ER now but I'm afraid to getting the same answers...

There's just no way this isn't a heart problem. It's goo similar to a heart attack. I fear this is a warning for what's yet to come.

Has anybody gone through this before?

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    Back to A&E I would think, could be angina, I experienced the same thing 16 years ago,was told I had a chest infection then suffered a heart attack, was then told by cardiologist I didn't have a chest infection it was indeed angina pain DO NOT IGNORE ANY WARNINGS

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    I would set up an appointment with a heart specialist. I did after not getting any answers to my pains. I did a stress test and everything came back normal I live in pain and still have no diagnosis.
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    Hi Danisha,

    I really feel for you I was diagnosed 16 months ago I had never heard of costo and was convinced it was my heart after many tests I excepted that it wasn't. I had a range of pains from a heavy crushing feeling to burning an a feeling of swelling on my chest and ribs an the worse pain which only ever lasted a few seconds was incredibly painful, it was in my arm aswell at the start, but it never affected my breathing which for alot of suffers it does. It messed with my head lots because i just didn't understand why me, why this pain would it ever go an it affected my confidence what if I went out with my friends an it kicked in or i needed more time off work etc. My best friend was a hot water bottle! All's i can say is 16 months on I do have longer periods without much pain though I feel i will always be weaker in that area, when i do get pain its more soreness on chest an pain around left shoulder blade an im trying to work on my confidence take any help an support you can there were days when i never thought i would move forward at all so I am thinking about you an hope you get some relief from this soon!


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    So sorry you are going through all of this. I too had most of these symptoms, on and off for almost years. Same tests and more. My amazing PCP decided to have a phone consult with a rheumatologist to rule out  rheumatologal diseases. After lots of bloodwork. My dr said I have Fibro Myalgia. Just knowing theres a name to what I have and all the suffering and ER visits..I feel better knowing its not life threatening. Thank God!!!!   I never stopped asking questions and my dr never gave up on me. Hope this helps you. Good luck!!!!!   smile smile smile
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      I'm so glad that you had a doctor that cared! And you are the first person I have ever seen get that diagnosis

      I swear that's what this is I have googled and been to the doctor and all I ever get from him is I've pulled muscles, my muscles are straimed and too tight. Ive bruised my chest muscles etc.... I'm interested in your dull story if you don't mind.


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