Hi, I get sharp chest pains when I am extremely stressed out. It hurts to breathe in and I can't lay on my back to sleep when I am experiencing them. My rheumy recently recommended yoga and massage therapy which I haven't done yet. I hope you are feeling better.
Ask a good (private) physiotherapist to check out muscles under your arms for trigger points active - same in pectoralis muscles - they can cause tight/painful sensations in chest that medics miss. Very easily treated.
I know this will sound very silly but it happens to me all the time is that gas gets into my chest. It hurts really bad. But most of the time that is not the reason for me. Many years ago, I had a bad accident. I could have died. The pain I was feeling made me feel like I was dying. Then they put these contraptions on me to make me well, and they gave me panic attacks. During this time I just thought something was happening to me. I had no idea what a panic attack is. But as time went on, my health kept on getting worse. I several times a year, I will have a terrible time trying to breathe and the chest pains will come on. That is when the emergency room finially informed me what I had been suffering from panic attacks all these years. The very first two I had both happened when I went to see my in-laws. At least ten times a year, I get excruciating chest pains, so I go to the emergency room. All the time except the last was fine. And that even turned out to be fine in the end. I am on a medication that can cause you to have a sudden fatal arrhythmia. Every now and then, that thought would enter my brain, and I might get a chest pain because I turned around and a muscle caused it. I think that was all it took for the mind to take over and cause more chest pains and a panic attack would start. I have a three month supply of Xanax. I was almost taking it every day. I am glad to report that over the past four weeks, I have used it five times. That is awesome for me. I have so many medical problems that when my imagination gets going, a lot of these diseases end in death at some point. And I let my imagination go off to problems they can cause eventually leading to my ultimate fear. Our I just imagine dying and that gives me a panic attack. I don't even try to do it. I think it is funny that I am afraid of dying when I really don't want to live anymore with the pain I am in. I have been tough a long time. It is just getting harder. But this is not about me except for relating our common situation.
I use to be a real people person. I was the life of the party. I was diagnosed as manic. But it was never serious. I was a happy manic with several sad periods a day. They call it a rapid cycles. For the most part, you would notice me as happy, energetic, go to person. I love people and still do. I just can't handle being around them any more. I use to help people. This goes along with the panic attacks by the way. I considered myself a natural healer. I knew how to help people who were hurting inside. I didn't wait for them to come to me. I could see and feel their pain by the way interacted. The way they looked around, who they looked at, their micro expressions. I was able to help a lot of people. This sounds very grandiose but I am getting to a point. I really am not trying to be prideful. But I had a breakdown and developed this anxiety problem because I didn't know how to handle that and my accident. To have empathy for people and to truly put yourself in there shoes takes a lot of imagination. Having medical problems and not knowing what is going to happen and trying to figure it out takes an endless imagination. I love those people who our like my brother. He says I will worry when I need to worry. He thinks in the now. I would so love that. I wouldn't even worry about tommorow. But People with anxiety problems have a strong imagination. I am not talking about being a hypochondriac. I am talking about being able to play out all the things that could happen to us. Or if you are helping someone and they tell you how they hurt, your pain can be endless as you imagine every conceivable way they can hurt.
Just remember, I may sound like a nutcase for this rambling that I have gone on and on about. I probably made no sense and I am sorry for that. I am not that bright. But again back on to remember it at least I need to.. I like to remind myself that I am not a hypochondriac. Some have felt that way about me. The definition is that person is abnormally anxious about their health. Ours our physical manisfestations based on the unknown and unexpected. It is physical emotional response.
The way they have helped me thus far is by putting me on Zoloft. They use it and Paxcell and a couple of others for anxiety disorders. Then when you are having a panic attack or you feel one coming on, maybe your can order you one of the benzos, Xanax, klonopin. They usually work within 15 minutes. I usually know to take one because all of a sudden, I will get this deep dread of doom come over me. Like I don't know what's gonna happen but I most likely am going to die. Oh by the way, just so you know I am not a complete fruitcake, I know at the time that these are irrational and most likely won't happen but as we all know we can try to change how we feel but we feel what we feel. It is pretty funny, I will have trouble breathing, lite chest pains, and know that this is all in my mind but then at the same time wonder to myself if I can die scaring mysel to death. So I end up still being afraid.
Well done rambling. Again sorry. This is about you. I wanted to be understanding and extend my ears to you if you should ever have need to talk. I wish the best for you. This type of pain is hard to manage and deal with so I hope the best for you. Have a great day. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sorry to write again but I notice the topic said Probably anxiety. I took it that you knew it was. I am sorry. I didn't want to give you poor advice. If you every have chest pains and they are concerning you, you should go to the hospital. Except for people like me who have panic attacks and my mind tricks me into thinking something is wrong. I think that we know when something is really wrong. A lot of people play around and wait around to the last minute or try to talk themselves out of it. But we should always err on the side of caution.
But since I was so worried about heart problems, my doctor did a stress test and ecg. She said my heart was perfect. But something can always happen. But she told me the sure sign was chest pain. Pain in the left arm. That doesn't always have to be present. Also there have been some reports that it can happen on the right arm. So don't use the left arm standard as an absolute. Also, on top of chest pains, the doctor stated that the patient would be panting like for breathing (again not all the time, a good many cases), they could have chills and sweats, upset stomach, heartburn, labored breathing It would be good at that time that you think this is important, to take an immediate dose of aspirin. That is all the news that I have. This is all I know about this subject at present. I will try to keep in touch if I hear any news that may be helpful to you and try not to be to boring in the meantime. Have a great day. 😊😄. You may not find this funny but I got the influenza several years ago, so this me at ever medical building I go to. I went to a facility the othe day and just in that in this rural clinic not to far away from the city, we had thirty that day. I asked the staff not to breath until I put my mask on. Ha ha. Good night agsi
Amazing that this topic is here today.. I too suffer from chest pain. I had surgery many years ago to try to fix my shoulder and they cut my pectoralis major muscle and brought it under my arm and grafted muscle and tendon from my leg the rest of the way around and across my back. I now have tremendous scar tissue growth and adhesions. I also have Thoracic Spondalytic Myelopathy and the pain comes straight through from my spine to my chest and upper abdomen. I've been having these chest pains for a couple of years now. I was going to post and ask if anyone else suffered with this. I've had EKG, echocardiogram, blood work, CT Scans, chest X-rays and also been reminded that with all of the wires in my spine and scar tissue, the pain hits the same nerves on the diaphragm as a heart attack. Also, I can't sleep in a bed because laying down is horribly painful so I sleep in a recliner which does not allow my spine to decompress overnight. I, too, suffer from gassy situations and the gas gets trapped in the chest area. I'm glad I'm not alone in this. By the way, I also suffer anxiety for which I take Ativan. I think most of us with this kind of pain suffer with anxiety. We're all together in this... At least we know that none of us are alone.
I have had several episodes where I would hurt just left of the center of my chest, making it hard to breathe deeply in or out for a few seconds each time. Some days they occur frequently and then I can go weeks to months before it happens. After running tests two doctors decided its costchondritis (not sure if spelled right).
Low vitamin D and low Magnesium did it in me - get both checked - and if you want to supplement both, you need to use Mg citrate not carbonate/oxide as former actually absorbs into blood properly. Also take calcium if you are taking magnesium otherwise one can lower the other. Don't try taking one dose a day - buy lower dose tablets and take three times a day as better chance of getting full absorption into blood. Get a physiotherapist to have a look at chest and shoulder muscles too - a good private physio (about £30 for 30 mins is typical) is a huge bonus for any type of pain - keep one on speed dial ;)
Just remember, ALWAYS check with your doctor (or pharmacist) before taking any extra medications/vitamins/supplements. They can interact with any meds you are currently prescribed. I just want you to be safe 😊.
I am new to the group and just saw this post. Chest pain is not something to take lightly. I have experienced it exactly as described above. It went on for years. Finally I was tested for sleep apnea and got a machine to help at night. The chest pain happens rarely now. I have been told that the two should not be related. Well lots of things don't work like expected with me. I am not saying that you have sleep apnea nessarly but not to give up. Keep telling your healthcare professionals about the pain there is a reason for it.
I just read your post and it was very interesting that you mentioned sleep apnea. I went to be tested and turns out that I do NOT have sleep Apnea. I also have a monitor that I wear at night to check my vitals, the depth of my sleep and it records when I move, etc... (It will also record snoring, clearing of throat, etc). It was something I never gave thought to... I'm glad I got checked. Now I know that not only do I have healthy heart and lungs but I don't have sleep apnea. Thanks for the mention, I'm sure many haven't thought of it...