This pain has me getting depressed - PLEASE HELP
I'm a new memnber and have joined to seek advice / help and offer any that would be useful to others. I have an issue that I have struggled with for years now. I am 27 years old, 5'11 195 lbs.
For 2 years now I have had this odd chest discomfort. It radiates from the entire left chest to my shoulder and left arm, and left neck area. It sometimes moves to my right side clavicle area as well. Some days is is unbearable and some days it is moderate. Needless to say say it is always there. It feels better, almost as if it dissapears when i remove my shirts, (outer shirt and t-shirt). My heart rate seems normal, my blood pressure is normal. I have had multiple EKG's and have had and echocardiogram which came back normal. The weird part is that is feels better when I am shirtless or hold my shirt off the skin (tug it forward). I have been to the doctors on numerous occasions all claiming it to be musco-skeletal in nature -but I do not know and am worried. DR's diagnosis range from Chostrochondritis to seek mental help. My chest is always cracking along with my left side rib cage when I lean back - cracks bad. I am always stretching it and am fearful that I have overstreched and may have caused nerve damage (if possible)? I have terrible posture and sit in a cubicle all day. I have hiatel hernia and bad acid reflux (use Prilosec). I also feel an odd, tight sensation on the left side of my face. I feel like the discomfort worsens under stressfull situations. My father died young of a heart attack - 40 years old. Unfortunatley, this really is impacting my quality of life and keeps me on edge, always expecting the worst. I drink and smoke socially (10 cigarettes a week, 8-10 beers a week). Also, it does not hurt when I excercise, actually it feels better; however the next day, the day after excercising, the pain/discomfort will be worse.
To sum up my symptoms -
left (and rarley right as well) chest discomfort
Pain that radiates from chest to left neck, shoulder, and upper, mid back
Sometimes tightness in left side of face
Ribs and chest crack when stretching
Relieved when I lay on my back
Relieved when shirtless
Relieved when active, but worse the next day (day after excercise)
Please offer any help you can, I am at my wits end with this - Thanks.
Last edited by axltransam; 02-05-2009 at 01:10 PM.