- CASE FILE
18-months of severe & constant chest pain, seems to originate behind the sternum and/or right breast. Chest x-rays, EKGs, CT scans normal
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
Feb 2018 began experiencing chest pain, thought I was having a heart attack. The cardiologist performed EKG, ultrasound, and nuclear stress test, all of which came back normal. Changed my blood pressure meds and referred me to a GI doctor. The GI doctor performed an upper GI and discovered a small hiatal hernia but did not feel that was the cause of the pain. No sign of GERD. Told me to lose weight. My blood pressure continued to rise, so I went to another cardiologist who again performed EKGs, stress test, and ultrasound, all of which were normal. When I complained that I was experiencing shortness of breath and a fluttering feeling in my chest sometimes when I exercised, he performed a CTA scan, which showed no abnormalities. After a year and with the pain increasing, I went to another GI doctor for a second opinion. He performed another upper GI, including an esophageal biopsy, which came back normal. Also did a chest x-ray, which was normal. He again ruled out GERD and confirmed the hiatal hernia was very small. During the past few months, I noticed the pain was also in my right breast and right arm, making it difficult to do all the exercises in my kickboxing class. Now, in addition to the chest and arm pain, I have been experiencing a great deal of abdominal pain. My blood pressure has been up and down, possibly a reaction to the pain. Last year's and this year's blood tests showed slightly elevated liver numbers, but HepC was ruled out; also told I was pre-diabetic. For what it is worth, I use a CPAP (8+ years) because I have severe sleep apnea.