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MiseryFields 04-12-2012 10:52 AM

Chest pain when moving shoulder?
 
Firstly, I'd like to say that I went to the hospital for this last night. They did an X-Ray and six people prodded at me over the course of a few hours before sending me home with a prescription for ibuprofen.

Since Tuesday of this week, I've been getting a pain in the left side of my chest that is made worse by moving my shoulder up and down. It doesn't hurt to breathe in, except if my shoulder is in just the right position. If I move my shoulder up and down, it feels like the whole of my third or fourth ribs are grinding against something, and it's causing moderate to severe pains.

If I've been lying down, the pain goes away for a few minutes, but as soon as I get up and start moving around, the pain comes back again.

I've taken ibuprofen and naproxen a few times since the pain started, but nothing is helping it and it seems to be getting worse by the day.

tortoisegirl 04-12-2012 06:11 PM

Re: Chest pain when moving shoulder?
 
What type of doctor did they tell you to follow up with? I can see them doing some tests and realizing they can't do more in the ER, but hopefully they pointed you in a good direction? Your primary care doctor should be able to point you towards the type of specialist you need if the ER didn't. Sorry I can't give you any specific help. If it is getting worse, you may want to go to the ER again and hope you get a different set of doctors with some new ideas (refer them to your chart of your previous visit so you don't start over). Best wishes.

MiseryFields 04-12-2012 06:13 PM

Re: Chest pain when moving shoulder?
 
[QUOTE=tortoisegirl;4960569]What type of doctor did they tell you to follow up with? I can see them doing some tests and realizing they can't do more in the ER, but hopefully they pointed you in a good direction? Your primary care doctor should be able to point you towards the type of specialist you need if the ER didn't. Sorry I can't give you any specific help. If it is getting worse, you may want to go to the ER again and hope you get a different set of doctors with some new ideas (refer them to your chart of your previous visit so you don't start over). Best wishes.[/QUOTE]

I don't have a primary care doctor and they didn't give me anything except a prescription for ibuprofen and a prescription for Vicodin. Aside from those to prescripts, they gave me absolutely nothing. No directions or recommendations or anything.

tortoisegirl 04-12-2012 08:36 PM

Re: Chest pain when moving shoulder?
 
I would find a primary care doctor...you really need one unless you have some sort of specialist that will do that sort of stuff for you. Who do you see when you have an infection or a rash or something? The ER was negligent in not at least saying follow up with your doctor, even if you told them you didn't have one. Assuming its non-emergency, I'd see if some walk in clinic can see you in the meantime to refer you in the right direction for a specialist...cheaper than an ER.

Check through your insurance for some local primary care doctors and check them out online for a good fit for experience, office hours, reviews/ratings, etc. I got really lucky with mine. He keeps track of all the specialists I see and meds I take, perfect location, is great with referrals, is in a large practice with other doctors so there is always someone available, although he can often do same day appointments! Best wishes.


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