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I've been suffering with chest pain for almost 21 months now and it shows no sign of stopping- actually it seems to be getting worse now. This pain has developed slightly over time but is now predominantly a constant dull pain covering my chest and with sudden, utterly random, attacks of sharp stabbing pain around (what feels like) my heart area (the stabbing pain doesn't seem to be triggered by anything particular but I can barely move when it happens for the pain and struggle to breath). I'm in constant pain and I'm struggling with day-to-day living now. I tried to ignore it when it started and let it pass, but got so fed up I went to the GP after 2 months. Since then, I've had 5 opinions, all of which have been different, and no one can agree what is causing the pain. I've lost count of the number of tests I've had for my heart and everything always came back negative.
There are other symportoms attached- I've passed out a few times, it affects my arms (shooting pains or loss of mobility) and get frequent breathing difficulties when the pain is worse. I struggle to use my arms a lot where the muscles hurt- I've always been an active person so this has prevented me engaging with some of my favourite hobbies.
I saw a Cardiologist who said my heart couldn't be healthier. The first GP said it was Pericarditis which was then ruled out. Another said it was costochronditis and another said it couldn't be either but didn't know what to suggest. Basically I was left several months ago at "You're not dead yet so I don't think it's fatal...there's not much point coming back because I don't know what to suggest". The problem has recently gotten worse and I don't want to go back to the same GPs for follow up because they gave up on me (twice now). Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I should do/ where I should go? Are there any specialist centres I can try? I'm getting desperate to stop this pain and the painkillers don't help.
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