Re: Chest Pain
Hi TG, All anyone can do as guess at what might cause this kind of pain, Torn cartlidge between the ribs, costro condritis, where you spererat the the area where the sternum comes together, etc etc. You need to see a doc and don't stop untill you have a definitive answer. My cousin dveloped testicular cancer when he was 21 , The odds of having it at that age are very low so nobody considered it, It took a year and over 20 trips to the ER and to urologists, being called a drug seeker by many different ER docs untill the right test was finally done, He was fortunate they cought it, He had lost 45 lbs that year and was near death but he did recover.
I know we have a tendency to accept what docs say without too much question but in all honesty you could have a heart condition. There are plenty of stories about teenagers dropping dead during HS sports. That's where I would start, you simply can't ignore and self DX chest pain. That pain right through you chest to the middle of your shoulder blades was one of the things I experienced during both my heart attacks, and it's painful enough to stop you in your tracks, I got pale, clamy and and also hard the classic left armpain, but everyone is different. I Had my first one on my 36th Birhday but had put off several ealier bouts self DXing myself with GERDS or REFLUX, More stress related things, I couldn't be more wrong and am lucky to have survived blockages of the widow maker, That's what they call a blockage and MI of the left anterior descending arterie, so nothing is impossible. It's easiest to get the testing you need for a heart problem if you go to the ER while having chest pain. Sure it could be gerds, reflux or any number of issues that send a signal up the same nerve pathway that heart atacks send their sugnal. But since you or noone in your family is a doctor, self DXing is tricky and potentially life ending business. Docs take vhest pain serriously in the ER. At the very least they would do an EKG and bloood work to look for the enzymes that show up when heart muscle is damaged during a miocardial infarcction "MI is a heart attack" go to the ER while an episode is happening because you really dont know unles youhave done some minimal testing. Then their is follow up tst like a stress test "the treadmill test" they can do in this test in the offoce ofice of a larger cardiac group or they can set it up at your hospital. If you have insurance under your parents name , ir's the best time. Rather than waiting untill your out on your own, have no insurance and are trying to make a decsion if it's worth spending the money on an ER trip.
As far as stress making it worse, it's like that with any kind of pain. There is a mind body connection, that doesn't mean the pain is all in your head, but anyone with chronic pain is going to feel worse the higher the level of stress.
Good luck, Dave
Last edited by Shoreline; 12-29-2011 at 07:29 AM.
Reason: more about heart issues.