left chest heaviness/discomfort for the last 10 months

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I am suffering from left chest heaviness/discomfort for the

last 10 months since February 2018 on a daily basis lasting almost all hours of

the day. I am a male, 42 years old, smoking many years, not known health issues

– only cystitis on the bladder removed through cystoscopy last year.

This left chest discomfort is mostly below the left nipple

and sometimes move to the left (on the armpit) or to the right (close to center

of chest). This feeling/pain makes be miserable and prevent me from every day

activities including work. When happens sometimes I feel like to faint and seek

emergency advise as soon as possible. Not much stress at work. AT times I do

not have that feeling heavy headaches are coming.

When initially started (February 2018) I went to the

emergency and made all related exams (ECG, blood testing, X ray) which came

back fine. After for a period of three months I went another 4 times to the emergency

doing the same with same results. In addition, I have been to various

professions (cardiac, gastro, pulmonologist, neurologist, neurosurgeon, rheumatologist,

physical therapy). All related tests including ECGs, echo, Trend mill, CT heart

with dye (cardiac), CT thoracic, fluoroscopy, endoscopy, colonoscopy (gastro),

various blood tests including prostate, thyroid etc., CT chest, various X rays

at numerous directions, X ray neck, and physical examination by neurologist

were found ok. In addition, I did physical therapy including TENS, magnetic

fields, laser, and massage. However, although the results of all tests were ok

I was having the same chest discomfort on a daily basis which was a bit relieved

only by placing hot plaster at chest.

At early June 2018, the gastro doctor has prescribed

amitriptyline (at 10mg daily before sleep which later on increased to 20mg).

After some time (2 weeks) chest heaviness/discomfort was reduced in frequency to

the half (instead of daily it was every two to three days). However, at mid-September

I realize that amitriptyline was not adding any value and thus I stopped it. A

week after the chest heaviness/discomfort came back more intense every day

lasting the whole day and did not go away with ibuprofen, paracetamol, etc. The

only thing which a bit produce a relief was capsicum plasters placed either on

the back or chest side (due to the heat the discomfort was felt taken off).

I went the last three weeks again to the emergency and GP and

prescribed with baclofen which I took for almost two weeks with no results at

all. Then, last week, the gastro doctor advise to start again the amitriptyline

(initially to 10mg).

As a conclusion, after having all these exams and pills

nothing has been improved and the chest heaviness/discomfort is still here all

day every day. Doctors told me that is something muscular/neuro, however, when

I asked them whether it is costochondritis, fibromyalgia, or rheumatic polymyalgia

they told me that they do not believe. As such the matter was left open with

diagnosis of atypical chest pain.

Can you please help me???????

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  • Posted

    Do you still smoke? Are you taking any medication?

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    • Posted

      yes i still smoke. but even when not smoking for a day or two still the same discomfort. i am on the amitriptyline now but still with no results

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    • Posted

      Try esomeprazole, try really hard to cut down smoking, if you drink try cutting down. I used to smoke and drink and would need PPI tablets every day with chalk tablets. I gave up smoking a while back and recently had to give up drinking due to health problems. I didn't need to take them every day when I gave up drinking, when I started again, I had to take them every day and still get chest pain.

      After having multiple pulmonary emboli, I can't recommend enough the importance of giving up smoking. I know it is tedious to hear, but if you ever get an illness where the only way to recover and stay alive is to give up, you will understand the importance. Your body sometimes gives you early warning signs you need to listen to.

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    • Posted

      how have you been diagnosed with pulmonary emboli? what tests needs?

      I though I have done such tests e.g. X ray chest, CT chest

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    • Posted

      A chest CT with contrast. I am not suggesting you have PEs, but letting you know sometimes your body gives off signals before you get ill like a warning sign. When I drink too much I get loads of chest and stomach problems. When I last smoked, I started getting this gravelly feeling in my chest, which is why I stopped. If I had continued, I wouldn't be here now. There could be something you could prevent if you give up now. I know it is difficult but your lungs and heart are so important and it is really scary when they go wrong.

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  • Posted

    so you think is something with lungs what I have?

    I have done CT chest with contrast last May and was clear

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