Posted , 4 users are following.
I've been having a an intermitant pain in my right lower chest over the last 2-3 weeks. It generally goes away after a few seconds or less, but sometimes recurs once or twice within the next 10-20 seconds. It's never been horrible. Maybe at most reaching a 4 out of 10, but even that might be more than it really is because there's a mental compontent due to the lack of prediction, how it comes out of the blue without warning and not based on exercise or anything else than I can tell. Sometimes I barely feel it, so it's a 1 or 2 at most. Sometimes I'm walking, sometimes just standing, sometimes sitting, sometimes lying in bed. It seems pinpointed in this one area that is near the center of my chest, but then off to the right where the rib cage starts. after I get this pain and feel in the area, it does feel tender do the touch, but if I feel it later, it doesn't feel tender. I can go hours with no pain, and maybe the most frequent has been a couple three or four times over the course of two hours. I feel like the frequency was more when it first started, but after several days it went down a bit and now kind of ranges from 5 to 10 times per day?
I do have a history of heart disease, but have been on a whole foods plant based diet for three months and other than this and persistant issues with cervical stenosis, feel much better than I did before, with lipid numbers to show. BP is very well controlled - I do take meds, but I'm guessing at this point I probably don't need to - cardiologist appointment for the end of the month.
I've been wondering whether I should make an appointment with my primary care doctor. I did have an annual checkup a couple of months ago and they did a full blood workup and everything was normal. As mentioned, I've a diagnosed issue with cervical narrowing of vertibrae that has caused quite a bit of mainly upper back and shoulder pain over the last 6 months. Been doing physical therapy for that over the last 4 months which I feel hasn't helped all that much.
Googling this type of pain doesn't provide a whole lot of clues, so wondering if this could be at all related to the stenosis or some kind of inflammation (myocarditus or pericarditus)? I got a CT scan a year and half ago when I was having other pain along my rib cage, but I think that was on the left side. It was normal except that they said I had a pericardial cyst. I talked to my cardiologist about that and he said in his experience it never caused an issue for the patient...
0 likes, 6 replies