A few weeks ago my left arm had pins and needles, ALL day... I went to the ER and had EKG and ct of my head all fine so the called it anxiety and sent me home. The next day I had chest pain and pain behind my left shoulder blade and the tingles were still there so I went back to the ER and another EKG, chest X-ray and next ct later I had muscle spasms and again anxiety... First of all hooking me to machines and putting me in large radiation donuts is going to make me panic! But I wasn't anxious. The next day I went to my doc who said I had a rib out of place, she adjusted me and said I had anxiety and sent me on my way... I have now been to her 3 times where she always adjusts me and thinks the rib must be back in place, she said costochondriatis and to take ibuprofen 800, Xanax and paxil. Well after today I feel even worse than before! My arm tingles and burns with pain , my shoulders hurt, ribs spine neck and some tingles in my legs... The chest pain is so sharp and painful! What sighns and symptoms do you have? Are mine consistent with costochondriatis because I really need to feel better about my diagnosis, if this is what I have I will actually be happy that I have something muscle and skeletal related and not a problem with an organ, but the pain is excruciating! Help!
Costochondritis is caused by inflammation of the cartilage that connects the ribs to sternum and spine. It is common, especially in females. If you press hard on your sternum edges where they connect to ribs, it should be painful or tender if you have costochondritis. Ibuproofen or naproxen (anti-inflammatories) can both help, as well as a heating pad on the chest. Also avoid exercise that hurts like rowing.
The other thing that can cause sharp chest pain is pleurisy, an inflammation of the lining of the lungs. It causes significant pain increase WITH A DEEP BREATH and shallow breathing relieves it somewhat. This is usually self limited and often follows a cold, bronchitis, and is more common in smokers. It may or may not show up on chest xray and physical exam. It responds to the same meds. Recurrent pleurisy is not normal and should be checked out by Dr. Pleurisy should go away within 2 weeks with anti-inflammatory treatment.
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