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Old 08-22-2009, 11:18 PM   #1
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Chest that hurts or feels sore in the morning

Hi. I have a question for all of you. I have been having some chest pains for a while and even shortness of breath when I am doing nothing. I realize the shortness of breath could be partly due to anxiety, but what I need to know is if anyone out there wakes up with chest pain that kind of just feels really sore, rather than usual pain? When I get up in the morning, my chest feels sore as if something muscular is going on and once I start moving around it improves. It is hard to explain the feeling, but I hate getting up in the morning since I am usually so uncomfortable. I get this feeling at other times during the day as well, but it is usually worse in the morning. When I feel like I can't breath, it feels like a soreness and once in a while when I take a deep breath it actually hurts my chest, but not always. There doesn't seem to be any consistant pattern to what I am feeling, other than the fact that almost every day I experience some symptoms that make me not feel right. I have had an EKG, echo cardiogram/stress test and chest x-ray with nothing showing up that would indicate an abnormality. I am trying to put together an accurate picture so my doctor will have a better idea of what is going on, but other than cardiac issues or GI disorders, I can't imagine what would be causing these problems. I read something about an inflammation of the rib cage maybe causing chest pains and I do sometimes feel pain when I push in my rib cage, which I was told was excess gas in my colon, so maybe the gas is pushing into my chest area when I sleep, causing problems? I just don't know but know I want to start feeling normal again. I have been sleeping a lot to try to avoid my problems, which of course just makes it that much more sore when I finally do get out of the bed. I also get twinges of pain that can strike my anywhere from the left side, to the right side of my chest near or even under my arms, but they usually only last for a second. The middle of my chest generally doesn't feel too sore except when I get up from laying down for a while. Any ideas?

 
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Old 08-23-2009, 09:36 PM   #2
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Re: Chest that hurts or feels sore in the morning

Wow..I'm expierencing very similiar symptoms. My chest actually hurts if I press on it too? I think oddly it's a nerve pinched in my upper back. I have not gone to the dr. At all I am hoping it goes away. The pain is in the middle and if I exert myself,but I have been doing so much lately I think I strained it..or pinched a nerve in my upper back..which gives off chest pains too.idk just praying it goes away soon. Be careful when you sleep on the left or right because your crunching up and that can make it sore in the morning.

 
Old 08-23-2009, 11:25 PM   #3
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Re: Chest that hurts or feels sore in the morning

It's interesting that you have simliar symptoms to mine I am still trying to figure out the best position to sleep in. I am sure you have heard of referred pain, where you actually have pain in another part of your body, but it feels like the pain is actually stemming from some place else. Like you, I keep praying I will start feeling better, but because my dad had a history of cardiac problems, I wasn't going to fool around and not see a doctor. I know if you press on your chest and it hurts more, that is probably a good sign since cardiac problems don't just hurt when you press on your chest. I would advise that if you continue feeling symptoms, you get it checked out, but that still doesn't guarantee the doctor will know exactly what is wrong since I have been through some tests and still have no real answers to why I am feeling this way. Let me know if you feel any improvement.

 
Old 09-01-2009, 07:21 PM   #4
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Re: Chest that hurts or feels sore in the morning

Not cardiac related, but there is a condition called costochondritis that is pain in the chest. Mine feels sore and hurts to touch. It is similar in pain to pleurisy. I regularly sleep with a heating pad wrapped around my chest. That seems to help at least temporarily. I also have FMS and Lupus so it is not conclusive that is what is causing my pain, but I have had this occur for many years now. I was told that in my case, there was not much they could do for it. It is painful and if you have a cold or flu-like symptoms, the pain is somewhat exaggerated by simple deep breaths or coughing. My first attempt at learning what this anomaly was led to a rib scan and chest xray. Since that was negative, I learned after experiencing it off and on, that it was something I just had to live with. I have other health issues that limit any medication therapy for this symptom. If that is the case, you may find something to help. I would start with my primary care physician and tell them what you may suspect.

 
Old 09-01-2009, 11:11 PM   #5
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Hi! I actually have heard of costochondritis before and have suspected that I may have it myself. A few years back I was actually tested for lupus since that was suspected based on some blood tests I had and a few other factors, but nothing conclusive that would indicate lupus was found, although I still never totally elminated the possibility since I have other symtoms that would possibly indicate it like gastric problems and having an eye occlusion which is more common with people having diabetes or an autoimmune disorder. I have also used heating pads on my chest and around my rib area when my ribs get sore. I am due to go back to my primary care physican on Thursday and have a long list of concerns to go over with him, but that still won't guarantee he will know what the problem is without going through a process of elimination. Even with the negative chest x-ray and echo/stress test results, I am still worried about blocked arteries causing my problems, yet fear having an angiogram. At this point an angiogram wasn't even suggested, but of course it is something I have been thinking about. Another new symptom I have is my lips on my left side of my mouth feel a little numb. I don't have jaw pain, which is good since I know that is a sign of angina, but am concerned about the numbness, yet I know for a fact that I have a nerve going back on the other side of my mouth and another possible root canal problem on the side of my mouth that feels numb, so maybe it is related to that and has nothing to do with my other problems. I also have an appointment to see my dentist on Friday so I will have to see what he has to say. It all just makes no sense since this past weekend I did a lot of walking and was fine, so I would think if I had blockages or a heart related problem, I would have experienced symptoms from all the walking that I did, so maybe something else is going on, but what it is still remains a mystery.

 
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Re: Chest that hurts or feels sore in the morning

Glad you are following up. I wanted to say that 60-70% of those diagnosed with Fibromyalgia also have costochondritis and 10% of the general population also suffer with this symptom. I do think that some of the problems you have mentioned are familiar to me. Especially the numbness in the face has bothered me and was one of my first symptoms along with visual disturbances. I went through a long process of doctors and tests before finally receiving a concrete answer to my problems. I am glad that you have a list to take with you. I took time to type up a page of the most bothersome and then some fleeting symptoms for my primary physician before I could get him to take me seriously and actually do some comprehensive testing. I also had cardiac symptoms that I attributed to the anxiety and stress of not getting any answers to my complaints. I had one doctor actually state on the Fibro diagnosis that he can give it a name but there was not much he could do for me. I assured him, I felt better knowing the diagnosis whether he could or could not help. I was tired of not knowing what was wrong with me. I can better deal with the known than the unknown. I do hope you find your answer.

 
Old 09-02-2009, 10:47 PM   #7
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Hi again. I am actually kind of nervous about seeing the doctor tomorrow since I don't want him to think I am some kind of nut with all of my problems. I know something isn't right I also don't know what it is going to take to get to the bottom of my problems. I guess as long as it is nothing life threatening, I could deal with it, but would like answers wtihout going though a bunch of very invasive tests. I don't mind blood tests, and didn't mind taking a chest x-ray or having an EKG and a stress echo/cardiogram since they weren't invasive tests, but the thought of tests like angiograms, endoscopies, colonscopies or worse scare me. I was getting really bad headaches a few years back and saw a neurologist who had me do an EEG and a MRI, both of which came back normal. I also saw a retina specialist after my eye occlusion and had the test where they inject dye into you and take pictures of the retina, which showed the occlusion, but was not very invasive and did not hurt. The numbness in my face is new to me, with the exception of when I had two teeth extracted a year ago and my lip became numb for months, but eventually cleared up. My cousin's wife has lupus and it took the doctors years to finally get her diagnosed, but she did have other autoimmune problems like RA, and was being treated for those problems which gave her some relief. By the way, when I saw a rheumatologist a few years back, she checked the typical pressure points involved in having fibromyalgia, but didn't feel I had that at the time, but maybe things have changed since then since I am talking about approximately 6 years ago.

I will write again and let you know what the doctor has to say.

 
Old 09-02-2009, 10:56 PM   #8
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Hi once again. I just wanted to let you know that I looked up the symptoms of fibromyalgia and was just amazed at how many of those symtoms matched what I am feeling. Maybe that is what my problem is, even though 6 years ago the doctor did not feel this was the case, yet my symptoms have changed a lot since that time. Thanks for making me aware that this could be a possible cause of what is going on with me now.

 
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Re: Chest that hurts or feels sore in the morning

I too have the same symptoms. GP thinks is muscle related, but i've stopped excersizing for weeks now and just walk a little and do stretches. Knot/pain still there, around the sternum. I sleep okay but then get woken up too early and mind is racing thinking, worring, cant stand it. Seems better when i'm walking around and keeping busy but once i get back to desk i can feel it again. I have EGD scheduled this week to see if GERD related.

 
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StaciL320, any updates on your condition?

 
Old 06-15-2010, 12:51 PM   #11
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Re: Chest that hurts or feels sore in the morning

I have the same sounding pain as you, when I have it I take gavisgon and it normally goes. you could try that? also, you could possibly have some sort of angina?
but I'm not too sure, I'm only a kid!
hope it gets sorted x

 
Old 11-13-2010, 05:33 AM   #12
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Re: Chest that hurts or feels sore in the morning

Chest pain is a strange thing... because we have no spot on nerve connections in our chest it is often difficult to determine what is causing the pain we feel. It may not be possible to tell whether the pain is from the heart, the lungs, the gall bladder or the esophagus.

You may have a condition which is becoming much more widespread... EE or
Eosino Esophagitis. This condition causes general chest pains and can
lead to sharp pains in the chest. Eosinophils are a white blood cell functioning
part of your immune system and they are sent to the esophagus to protect against an allergic reaction. To determine the cause of the symptoms you would likely get scoped and a small biopsy taken to determine the level of eosinophils in the tissue. They will also look for telltale rings in the esophagus which are caused by the condition. EE is mostly caused by food allergies but also by airborne allergies.

Hope you don't have it.

 
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