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I started to have chest pain 2 years ago, when I was only 19 years old. It happened after I ate, out of the middle of nowhere. I did not know what to think about the pain, at first I just thought it would go away. I have been perfectly healthy before this exept for the occasional headache. I decided if it did not I would call the doctor the next day. The next day I still had pain, I went to the emergency room thinking at 19 years old I was dying of a heart attack. The doctor took one look at my chart, said you are a healthy 19 year old, you have heartburn. He did give me an EKG, everything was fine, and they sent me on my way. Two days later I was back in the ER with worse pain and burning, they gave me another EKG and a chest x-ray. Both tests seemed ok, exept they did see a little inflamation of the chest wall, diagnosing me with costocondritis, gave me some steroids,and vicodin and sent me on my way. Two weeks later, after following all the doctors orders, bed rest,hot/cool compressions, prednisone...I countinued to have problems. I called the dr., he told me this condition could last months. Oh great.... This was affecting my school work, and full time job. A few days later I was driving home from work, and I felt bad pain in my chest ,stomach and felt like I was having heart palpitations, I pulled over and called 911...this time I was sure that I was dying. Once again, I went to the ER, they gave me a anti-iflammitory shot, told me oh, you have anxiety thats causing you all your problems, call your DR. he will prescribe you something. I did just that, called the DR. he said yes..anxiety, visit a therapist and take these effexor tablets and you'll feel better in a couple weeks. Better... did he say better...sure I will do WHATEVER it takes, this has been going on for 2 months now. A few weeks later, back at the ER, the effexor made me go INTO panic attacks, they gave me 2 EKG's, both fine, told me to quit taking the effexor and call the DR.. Did I mention that by this time I had already lost 20 pounds because I was afraid to eat anything. In the months following, I lost a total of 35 pounds, had a 48 holter heart moniter, sleep apnea test, upper GI, a sonogram of my heart, everything turned out fine. Was diagnosed with Fibromyalga, carpo tunnel syndrome, anxiety and arthritis...and all this happened at once,( I was a 20 year old with a 50 yr old womans problems) but no medicine made by stomach and chest problems go away. Almost a year later I started to be able to eat again, gained some weight back, felt ok, but that went away quickly. Now 2 years later,AND many DR.S later I am 21, I still have chest pain every now and again, have bad heart burn everyday, palpitations, feel like I can't breathe, usually i feel ok when I eat or drink, so that what I do to feel better, needless to say I have gained back the weight but still feel horrible. It has been 2 years and still nothing. I hope I can get a DR. to help me out, by now they all think I am a hypocondriac, they hear my name for an appt. and try to guess what's going on with me now. This has all been a horrible experience for me and I hope someone can offer help. It has ruind my social life, I hate going out and feeling like crap, I have missed a lot of work going to and from DR. appt. I had to take off a year of college, because I never feel good.If anyone has advise I would love to hear it . Thanks all.
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