Im male, 22 and fairly new on here. I have been suffering from constant chest pain for the past two and a half months the cause of which is still undiagnosed. I am begining to feel more alone than at any other ponit in my life. I have always been lucky enough to be in a relationship when i have had any other serious health or other issues. I was seeing someone just before this started but she didn't feel she could cope with it this soon into a relationship.
I am also starting to feel as though my friends and family are begining to view my situation with contempt and even annoyance, despite my attemps to tell them i am struggling to hold it together. I do not expect any of them to be there 24/7 but now and again is surley not too much to ask. It seems as though unless I am calling them or going to see them, no one has any time for me. Yes they all have there own lives but isn't a member of family or a close friend someone you should make an effort for when they so clearly need you?
I realise im rambling so ill wrap this up, just though i may feel better with my thoughts floating round cyber-land. Could it be because i am undiagnosed and can't give them a black and white reason for my pain they don't understand or realise what im going through? Anyway, if your reading this, thanks for listening to my ranting.
The following user gives a hug of support to sickofthisshit: Searchin (10-30-2010)
Well last nights post was d*****ately one of the lower points. I am feeling slightly better in myself today which is one of the few postitive things to hold onto and look forward to.
The thing i am really struggling to help people understand is the difference in my day to day mood. No one seems to realise that just because one day i can have a smile on my face and maybe even manage a laugh and joke doesn't mean im not still creased with pain inside. Somedays the pain is just easier to cope with, its not any less real or present. Just as when i am distant and distracted deosn't mean i want to be treated any differrent or avoided. I understand why collegues might take this approach but it's not too nice when it's yor family and close friends. Or how a simple "your looking better" can cut me up. I am pleased somedays i can manage to present a normal image to the outside world but that reminder that it is so unusual for people to see me like that really hits home.
Really hope something is found soon, i need a reason as much as a cure or permanant plan. Well off to get a shower to try an ease up, this new mediacation isn't helping at all. Anyone had any experience with Dihydrocodeine?
While I am sympathetic to your problem,"chest pain" is so vague I don't know where to start offering suggestions. Could you give it a better description so that we have some idea of what kind of pain, where it is, etc? Chest pain can mean anything from a heart attack to asthma to pneumonia to a cracked rib and so on.
So, are some of these friends and relatives doctors?
That sounds serious and you need to see a doctor now. If I had chest pain for more than a few hours I would head for the doc.
Have you had any breathing or heart problems? I had a trip to the ER this year with pleursy, thought I was having a heart attack. But wowee, two weeks of big chest pain.
Make an appointment,
It sounds like you need someone to talk to. Let's talk about the chest pain. Do you notice any anxiety preceding the pain? If your chest has been hurting this long why have you not been to the doctor? I notice you talk about inner pain...you could be having musculoskeletal pain. It really can be quite bothersome and the more you panic or think about the pain the worse it can become. You really do not have to explain to your family. If they do not see that you are in distress there is really no need to try and count on them. It definitely would help if you give us more information. Sincerely, searchin
Sorry, should of put some more info in there rather than ranting
I have been to and from the doctors for the past two months or so. At first they thought it was heart related, I had several ecg's and a chest x-ray. All came back normal. I was originally prescribed neurophen and diclofenac as it was thought it may be costochondritis. The diclofenac had no effect and the neurophen was no where near strong enough. This was then changed to mefeminic acic for inflamation and tramadol for the pain. The tramadol was slightly better but the mefaminic acid made me overemotional and unstable. I stopped taking the mefeminic acic and was put onto gabapentin alongside the tramodol to help me sleep, to no effect. I am currently on Dihydrocodeine and Arcoxin, and Zimovane Ls to help with sleep. Although iti has only been a few days i am finding the Dihydrocodine less effective than the tramodol.
The pain is a consant ache in the centre of my chest with constants sharp stabbing pains down poth sides an i the bcak chest area. It gets no worse under pressure which seems to be confusing most doctors. I have seen a heart specialist and had a 24 heart moniter fitted, the results of which i wont get back untill i see the specialist again on the 1st December. I also cannot be reffered to any other specialists whilst there is an ongoing investigation with another specialist.
Reading in here i dont know how people cope with high levels of pain for such long periods. I supose as it progresses i will better learn what the best forms of managment are. Would just really like a diagnosis so i can say i have this much pain because of..............
Anyway thank you all for your responses, it's nice to talk to someone who isn't judging or assuming they know whats best.