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About 3 years ago, I suddenly experienced a sharp pain in the left side of my chest. I saw a doctor straight away who felt my chest and listened to my heart and told me I was fine.
Since then, I have had recurring pain in the left side of my chest, which is typically a sharp pain but at times can be dull. It often radiates to my left shoulder and my left arm, occasionally to my neck and even my lower jaw. It has become more frequent and more severe, it sometimes prevents me from doing physical work. Throughout all of this pain, I have not seen a doctor - until just yesterday.
I told the doctor about my symptoms. He listened to my heart, pressed on my chest and took my blood pressure (which was through the ceiling but he said it was only because I was “anxious”). He was very confident that my heart was okay. But I wanted answers so I had an ECG; which was fine. He concluded the pain must be coming from my chest wall, and is a result of anxiety and stress. He suggested I speak to a psychologist about managing the pain. He told me that if I really am still concerned I can have an x-ray, but he is sure it is just the chest wall.
It does not make sense to me as I get the pain in my arm and neck, so how can it be the chest wall? I wouldn’t consider myself to be an anxious person, although I can get quite stressed at times.
Should I get an x-ray? Should I see another doctor? I hope for my sake that he is right but my gut is telling me it is more serious than some anxiety induced chest wall pain.
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