Mild pinching pain in upper abdomen pain that come and goes with similar chest pains.

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I'm 19 years old (soon 20 in a month). So the past 6-7 months have been complete hell for me. It all started with pressure in chest and high blood pressure. I went through serveral blood works and heart echography, 24hr holter and liver test. Nothing was found. In fact, still to this day, doctors can't explain my high blood pressure because there is no family history and they can't find an underlying issue. 

Anyways, all those tests were back in august. Then september and october passed and I was feeling much better. However, at the end of october, I started feeling chest pains again and occasional pains with deep breaths. I went to ER again and they conducted new tests for Lupus and other immune disorders and nothing was found. November went by and my symptoms got worst and worst so I went back to ER again and, once again, they found nothing. I even had an ultrasound of my thyroid and it worked perfectly fine. 

And now, for the past few weeks, I've been having those abdominal pains that feel like something is pinching me inside. The pain usually lasts a few seconds and goes away and comes back without any consistency. It can be to the left or to the right just like my chest pains. There's no real pattern to the pain, similarly to my chest pains. In fact, my chest pains are similar to my abdominal pains where they lasts usually for a few seconds and feel like something is pinching me and then goes away.

I saw countless of doctors and specialists over the past 6 months and none of them seem to be able to find the reason why I have those pains. I was recently diagnosed with a very low calcium and vitamin D levels. However, my internist told me that they don't usually cause such pains.

Of course, I'm getting more and more worried that it might be cancer as that's pretty much the only thing that is left in terms of a reason and because it seems the pain is spreading. (First started in my chest and is now in my upper abdomen too).

I  would really appreciate if anyone maybe lived through something similar or if anyone could give me an idea of what it could be. Thanks!

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    Hi Ben

    I'm currently experiencing similar symptoms. I've been told it could be ulcers, liver problems, even swollen organs caused by kidney/ liver failure. I haven't been checked out but I've started reading up on it and found many less severe probable causes. I've begun doing them and seen great results. If it comes back then I'll get checked out. Please follow to learn what could be causing your symptoms.

    Water, lack of water can cause your muscles to cramp, nerves jump feel like pinching, or numb. And cause shortness of breath due to lack of oxygen.

    Constipation. There's times we don't notice we are because we go, but we don't always go as often. Your intestine begin filling and you feel pinching. Good cleansing with magnesium should do the trick.

    Lack of exercise. Lack of activity can really give your muscles a hard time when trying to perform daily movements. Lack of blood is delivered to your muscles causing cramping, feels like pinching. Especially your abdomen, legs, feet, arms because it's what we use the most.

    Also your high blood pressure can be elevated by all of the causes described. Also your symptoms may not be linked. May be very different causes for your individual symptoms.

    If you think it's more severe ask you doctor to see a neurologist, oncologist, and nutritionists. If you think you need a 2nd opinion see another doc. And try all of the above especially exercise.

    Hope you feel better soon.

    P. S

    It's probably just your body telling you to be more active.

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    Hello ben,may i ask whats your pain caused? Thank you .pls reply asap
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    Hey Ben, I'm a 23 year old male with similar pains, in November 2017 i had my first scare when i actually had to pain symptoms and had to call the medics to my house, they did a few tests on me in my living room and they said everything was fine, i felt relieved. About a month later i was at work and felt the pains sharpen and get worse throughout the weeks of dealing with it and i went to emergency. Turns out i caught the flu in September of 2017 and i actually had paracarditis which is (inflammation of the protective sac around the heart) and i never heard of it before and they told me that getting paracarditis is an unknown cause but what it is was while having the flu it backfired through my blood stream and went directly to my heart. I was on anti inflammation meds for a month and the pains had gotten a bit lighter but i was still experiencing them and still am to this day. I've been researching and asking around to people i know to see what they may think it is, i do work with chemicals and maybe breathing fumes would cause this but I'm still unsure because no one i work with has had this either, hope all is well and hang in there! Hope to find out more about this and hopefully it goes away!

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      Everyone is different. It may be that you have had a particular sensitivity to the chemicals that your colleagues don’t have.
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      Hi, the coxsackie virus B will cause pericarditis. That is most likely, what you had or some other entrovirus. There is no medication for the virus, but you should follow up with your cardiologist. You get it from ingesting fecal matter, can live on surfaces for a long time, highly contagious, wash your hands often. 
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      Coxsackie B is a group of six serotypes of Coxsackievirus, a pathogenic enterovirus, that trigger illness ranging from gastrointestinal distress to full-fledged pericarditis and myocarditis (Coxsackievirus-induced cardiomyopathy).
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    Have you had an ultrasound to check for liver or gallbladder inflammation or gallstones?
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    Hi Ben,

    I'm much older than you, but I remember having similar problems at your age - also at subsequent points in my life.  A few points.  First, you've had a lot of tests and you're frustrated that the results have all come back negative, because you haven't gotten an "answer" (that is, a diagnosis).  But you have gotten an answer to some things.  Those tests are telling you that the general systems in your body are working well.  When people have serious problems, things tend to deteriorate and various systems start to affect one another.  So that's all very good news.  Second, the stress test was negative.  That's also a very good sign. Especially if you're worried about blood pressure and heart stuff.  Third, like me and like others who frequent these boards, you seem to be an anxious person.  The last thing someone whose anxiety is often around physical symptoms wants to hear is that "anxiety" might be responsible for your problems, because that sounds like the problems are "made up" or not real.  Not so.  When you're anxious, you generally have higher levels of the hormone Cortisol in your system which can create all kinds of physical problems.  That's not some new age idea, it's science.  Here's where I'm going with this: you can spend a lot of time - and a lot of your life - trying to hunt down the reasons for odd pains and sensations but, once you've done your due diligence - and you have by getting all of those tests done - you might consider that the biggest issue you have to deal with is anxiety, and work on that.  Anxiety can easily  elevate blood pressure.  You BP may not be high most of the time - just whenever it's taken! Especially by a doctor or nurse.  It's called "white coat syndrome."  But, beyond the effects of Cortisol, which can give you big stomach problems, palpitations and muscles tension (which, in itself creates a lot of problems), what anxiety does to people like me is amplify.  It takes signals, like pain or discomfort, that other people might ignore, and effectively cranks up the volume, so that any pain or distress becomes a fixation.  If you'd not been through all the tests you've been through, I wouldn't say this, but I would try to turn my focus to dealing with my anxiety and my obsessiveness with respect to health issues.  Things that might help: a therapist; meditation; yoga; jogging.  Frankly, when I was your age, I was convinced that I was going to die on a regular basis.  I had the same concerns you have.  I was 5'10" and 145 pounds.  That was 40 years ago, and not only am I still here, but I'm probably healthier than most of my peers.  Although I still have to be careful not to obsess! ;-)



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      I had white coat syndrome when I had my blood pressure taken a while ago.   Although my blood pressure was fine, my pulse was racing.  The nurse commented on it amd when I explained I had been walking fast so as not to be late for my appointment and didn't want to run in case I got hot and bothered 

      and out of breath, she gave me a funny look! 

      I had been very stressed because it was my introductory medical after joining a new Practice, I didn't know what to expect and I have a phobia about all things medical.  I had just moved house and was new to the town and was unsure of my direction which is poor especially in unfamiliar places.  Having Aspergers makes me prone to anxiety and causes me to get lost easily.


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    Hi there,

    I was wondering how are you feeling? Have you found what was that bothering you al along? The thing is why I am asking is that I am suffering from the same symptoms. I don't have shortness of breath BUT sharp pinching abdominal pain is here!

    It drives me nuts!!! It comes and goes, feels like fast pulse pinching in the center, maybe two inches left from navel (belly button).

    A year ago I went to talk with doctors they told me it's just constipation. Then it disappeared, today from the moment I woke up the pain is sharp and persistent, sometimes its pinching me more then it disappears for another 5 min and again. I massage circle movements and it disappears then I stop it comes back maybe few min later and same goes on and off. I did not do MRI or ultrasound yet but I believe this will be my next step! Everyone knows, once it hurts we all say "I am going to take care of this, then pain stops and we do all the same and procrastinate until next time". I would be grateful if you let me know what have you done to fix it and what doctors concluded?

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    Also, I can add to many good people here saying about anxiety and stress. Yes those two factors playing along things like stomach ulcers, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome. All conditions stated above often exacerbated by stress.

    The good idea would be to start writing down dates and to connect the dots. Days where you had more stress then others and your pain levels accordingly.

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    Ben, did you ever find an answer? I’ve had this for months now and no one knows what it is. I can tell all of you that it is NOT anxiety. I get this upper center abdominal pinching feeling if I am at home completely relaxed. I have also had two x-rays that showed constipation BUT I still experienced this feeling after taking care of the constipation. It comes and goes. I have also had a blood work up that showed that were all normal EXCEPT my CRP was extremely high. CRP is the protein they use to measure inflammation in the body. The highest it should ever be if you’re normal is 7–mine was 14! The doctors are stumped and this thread has me scared that a year or more will go by and I will still not have any answers. 
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    Hi Ben, I know you posted this a while ago, but I had a similar experience and wanted to share. First of all after months of tests and hospital visits everyone was stumped. And of course anxiety was their diagnosis. I had such sever pain in my upper left side near ribs that at one point they gave me morphine, still no diagnosis. I took myself to an infectious disease dr. And asked to take blood work for coxsackie viruses, which I had some some 20 years ago. I did not have your usual rash, fever, etc. guess what? Not only did I have it, I had both A & B all the strains (like 5 each) and the levels were 1600 (extremely high) I had sever myositis and Bornholm disease from the B, and a hole host of other symptoms. Make your Dr. Check for different viruses and Lyme disease as well. Good luck, and I hope you find relief. BTW Its 8 months since my diagnosis although I'm much better I do have relapses now and again, which the dr. Said, could happen. 

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    Hi, have you looked into POTS or gastroparesis? I have very similar symptoms to yours and after years with no answers I finally got a diagnosis. Doctors are often uneducated about POTS despite how prevalent it actually is. POTS (Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) in short, is when your heart rate rises markedly after standing up. It causes an array of symptoms, including fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, fainting, and chest pain. You can find more symptoms here: it is SO frustrating when tests come back normal and you’re told it is just anxiety or depression. If the symptoms of POTS sound like you, you can try measuring your heart rate and blood pressure when laying down, sitting and standing. If you find that your heart rate rises, I suggest contacting a neurologist or cardiologist who has experience with POTS. It is very easy to test for. I also suggest you look into gastroparesis (delayed gastric emptying) because POTS and gastroparesis often occur together. Gastroparesis causes abdominal pain (often after eating), nausea, vomiting, acid reflux, and lack of appetite.  Let me know if you find anything!

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