Is the feeling you have in your chest 24/7? Also, does it seem to get worse when you are talking about it to someone, thinking too much about it, or even when you are posting comments on this board? It may seem like a strange questions, but there is a reason I ask.
Also, have you had a CT scan of your chest and throat done and what were the results? Have you had an EKG and stress test done to check your heart?
I'm not a proffessional, but based on my experience, I would recommend the following. Go and get the pulmonary function test & 24 Hr PH tests done. I know your not going to want to hear this next part, because I know I didn't want to admit it myself, but if those test come back good, I would start checking into it being anxiety.
Schedule an appointment with a therapist or phyciatrist that specializes in anxiety and see what they have to say, it can't hurt.
The feeling is there a large part of the day and it has different levels. It can sometimes be literally pushing out of my chest or it will just be a light feeling. Whatever the level is, it is always there. The pressure doesn't seem to be related to when I think about it because I can be totally distracted and it will still be there like "hey, I am still here buddy". lol.
CT scan of my chest and throat, multiple EKGs, and a stress test has been performed to cancel out any of the major issues. My next steps will be the pulmunary function and the PH tests soon as I finish my cycle of Flovent for the asthma and this Prilosec for the GERD that is possibly causing this. I would say I have about 2 more weeks. After that the two tests that you stated will be done.
Yes, anxiety is definitely not the route I would want to go because I am not an anxious person. Most of the time I am pretty mellow so it is just crazy to think that this would be anxiety related. But, if those tests come back fine, I think that is the last step that I have. The feeling is highly annoying and frustrating; it is not something that I just want to deal with for who knows how long.
My wife was thinking that I should get a second opinion; maybe go see a doctor in another hospital. Did you ever try that? In my opinion, it seems like it would be a waste of time as the new doctor will have to start from scratch and probably go down the same path; not to mention, it will be more medical bills.
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I went to three different GP's and went to one Gastro, which is who scheduled the 24 hr ph for me. I completely understand where you coming from with the frustration. I even went to see a Dr that specialized in natural medicine, and a chiropractor (I would advise against going to these people, they are nutty). Your symptoms are a little different than me, I felt like someone was sitting on my chest all the time.
Do you notice if symptoms get worse after you eat, sleep, or exercise? Also, does it wake you up at night?
First of all is your Asthma being monitored. The correct medication for Asthma is essential.
For mine I use SERITIDE which is a reliever and proventative all in one. I have been an Asthmatic for over forty years and have no problems with my Asthma with this treatment.
Aside from this I do suffer from Gastritis and a Hiatal- Hernia and when I get a flare up my breathing and the pressure on my chest is really bad.
In my case I know now that Gastritis and the Hiatal-Hernia cause me similar symptoms to what you have.
Have you had Endoscopy's and what did they reveal. I dont ever remember having a Pulmunary test for my Asthma (maybe they werent available forty years ago) I have had PeakFlow monitoring tests.
I hope you find an answer and all the best,
I also have trouble breathing when there is too much acid in my stomach. I was afraid of asthma. At first the doctor thought it was allergies and prescribed all types of pumps and medications and sent to me to an allergy specialist, but the medications made me more sick and my nose became clogged up. I was anxiety-ridden. I was on a slippery slope going down. I finally went to an acupuncturist. God bless his soul. He pulled me out of my misery. He told me to stop taking all those medications. I gradually got back to normal, but it took about 1 year. I still suffer from acid reflux, but things are under control. I hope to some day find a definitive cure.
Hello, I am a 29 year old healthy (Lifts Weight and runs) male that has had constant upper chest tightness since March. The tightness is 24/7. It varies in severity, but never goes away. There is nothing I can pinpoint that makes it worse and there is definately nothing that makes it better (Other than Golfing). I can feel the tightness in my upper chest/lower throat.
It all started in March. I started feeling the tightness and figured I was just getting sick. I have Asthma as well and whenever I get a cold I get this tightness. However, I never ended up getting sick and the tightness has never went away. My Inhalers do not help at all.
I went to my Asthma doctor and he thought that it was allergies. He also did a Pulmonary Function Test, which turned out good. Although March is too early for my allergies to start, I started taking Calritin anyways. He also give me a perscription of prednizone just incase there was an infection in my lungs.
A couple weeks later the Claritin and predinzone wasn't working, so I went to my family doctor. He did an X-ray to rule out Pneumonia and an EKG to make sure it wasn't my heart (Keep in mind that the tightness does not get worse when I am exercising). Everything turned out normal. His next theory was that it was acid reflux aspirating into my lungs. He put me on a stronger PPI and said to come back in 4-weeks if it wasn't helping.
The PPI did not work so I went back and he scheduled an endoscopy. The endoscopy showed no signs of acid reflux, however, there was a small Hital Hernia. He said the Hital Hernia was too small to be causing the tightness I was feeling and to keep on the PPI's and come back in another 4-weeks.
No surprise, I went back to the doctor in 4-weeks because nothing was helping. He scheduled an abdominal and chest CT. We also did some blood work. The Cat Scans and blood work all came back normal.
I have been off the PPI's for a couple weeks and although there has been a little reboud reflux, I don't notice any increase in symptoms. I will also mention that I was on a light does of PPI's before this because of problems swallowing food, (Started in November 2010) which helped take that away.
I do feel bloated sometimes, also, I haven't had what looks like a normal bowel movemant since March (sorry for the detail) that I wonder if it has anything to do with it.
I also went back to the Asthma and Allergy doctor to test for food allergies and It came back positive for slight allergy to Soy, but the doctor doesn't seem to think this is the problem. However, I am going to cut out soy for a month and see what happens.
Is there anyway this could still be realted to acid reflux? Although my difficulties swallowing are gone, could there still be an esophugus strictor that is causing this?
Please let me know if you our someone you know has experienced similar symptoms and what they found out.
High I have the same problem uoper chest and lower throat super tight. I haven't done endoscopy but I know it's from rebound acid but it feels like scar tissue bc it's super tight and used be sore. I won't be able go gym. I also have small hernia so I was wondering your endoscopy showed no signs of any inflammation or scar? Wonder why it's so tight for you? If I did dips I'd be in pain.
I hope you feel better already Gonzoe. Based on my experience with acid reflux, it DOES cause tightness of breath. I got good results with a diet free of yeast and all things that the yeast likes to grow on. This means no bread, pasta, pizza, wheat products, yoghurt, pickles, mushroom, broth cubes, and no alcoholic beverage--beer and wine were very bad for me. I only started to see results after one month and I got gradually better. I'm still on the diet (5 months later). I feel much better and don't need anti-acids most days-- I used to take them everyday. The PPIs never did anything for me. Another thing that is important to consider is ANXIETY. You need to be relaxed. More importantly you need to pay attention to your spiritual growth. I certainly saw a relation. I hope this helps. Pray and meditate and you will get results.
I know exactly what you mean. I have the same problem. Mine is in the middle of the chest, practically all the time. Mine also causes breathing problems. It started almost 2 years ago that summer when it got super humid all of a sudden (i live in Missouri, and i have never experienced humidity this bad ever, and ive lived here all my life). I assumed i was having allergies and brushed it off by occasionally taking allegra or something. It never really bothered me that much because it would go away in a day or so. But a few months ago, it came back with a vengeance and it has stayed since then. It got to be everyday so i finally went to a surgeon (referred by my MD), he did a gallbladder ultrasound and low and behold found a pal lop, so i had the gallbladder removed. This was a week ago and I have still had no luck getting rid of this, so the doc gave me a PPI and told me to hang in there. From the research i have done, a PPI may take some time to really start to work, so im trying to be optimistic. I have done everything i could possibly do (i quit smoking (stupid for starting), i changed my diet by: completely eliminating caffeine, replacing 2 meals with fat free or low fat foods, i drink nothing but water or herbal tea, and im trying to exercise more). Im not overweight and im only 24, I never thought i would be having problems like this. I know some of my symptoms relate from anxiety, but I can usually compartmentalize. I guess it all affects eachother though. If anyone has any ideas, I am completely open.