Hello everyone! I am new to this message board and wanted to share my struggles that I have gone through for the last 4 months. It all started back in February when I got chest pain on the left side near my sternum. I went to my PCP and he said there was nothing to worry about. It was probably from stress. Then 3 days later I had chest pain that started by my neck and radiated down to the middle of my chest. I was scared and drove myself to the ER. Everything came back normal. Since then I have been to the ER 4 more times for chest/breathing and 2 for head injury (hitting my head did help). I have seen over 9 doctors. The best they came up with was Anxiety and Costochondritis.
I have had multiple EKG's, Echocardiograph, Stress test, multiple blood tests, breathing tratments, X-Rays, massages, back cracked and other tests. All normal.
I have been to the ER far too many times. I have been working with my PCP, seeing a therapist, chiropractor and now a sports medicine doctor. Now they donít think I have Costochondritis but a torn Labrum in my shoulder.
I am currently taking Zoloft, Klonopin (weening off after a month), Duexpis, Amoxicillin (infected tooth), Flexeril, Vistiral and Flonase (post nasal drip).
I get new symptoms every day.
Chest Pain: (In the middle or near the sternum usually) Dull, Achy, Sharp and Burning.
There was a short time where I would wake up in the morning and the top of chest near my throat would spasm.
I get shoulder and arm pain. Shoulder is near the arm pit and chest. Sometimes my forearms hurt. Tingling in my fingers and arms. I will get headaches that are on both sides. Neck and back hurt. Sometimes I get pain on my sides and stomach. There are days where I feel like I am having the flu or pneumonia. Sometimes I can't breathe and my throat feels like its sore all the time. My left side of my face has been somewhat tingling with a headache every day. My jaw was even hurting. I have gone back my doctor and he has no answer for me. They think it be caused by the tooth. I have chills that run from the top of my head to neck. The list will go on and on.
The worst thing about all of this is I am doing what everyone is telling me to do. I fought for awhile to stay off the medication but ultimately was put on it. Does it help for the anxiety? Yes, but I still have all the physical symptoms.
I have meditated, hot showers, baths, eating healthier, IcyHot/Tiger Balm, relaxation music, breathing techniques, CBT and just trying to stay positive. There was even a week period where I had weird intrusive thoughts. Those are gone. The only thing I canít do is exercise because they thought it was Costochondritis.
A little background too: I am a 29 year old male. I have always been an active individual. I have played basketball my whole life. All the way up through semi-pro level. I play sports all the time. Obviously over the years I gained weight and was not in top basketball shape. My blood pressure was high and my doctor was ready to put me on blood pressure medicine. So during all of this I have lost 30 pounds, havenít drank in 4 months with all the medication and my blood pressure is back to normal levels. Is life stressful? Yes but I was always able to handle it. I always got through things. Does it seem like I am searching for the Holy Grail? I have multiple doctors tell me that there is something physically wrong while my PCP is marking all of it as Anxiety. I will admit I did develop anxiety because of this. Any help suggestions would be great.
Thanks and sorry for the long story.