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Chronic Chest Pains

Posted by
Mel on June 09, 2003 at 00:25:57:

I am a 30 year old female with chronic chest pains for 6 months now, a pack a day smoker for 15 years, a receiver of 2 blood transfusions, and have had 4 cesereans (last in 2001). I have been researching to find the cause of my chest pain, since my doctor has told me it is muscle spasms. I have had chest x-rays, CT Scan, blood work, EKG, and stess test. The first EKG results were slightly abnormal showing a right axis deviation. All other test were OK. I just can't live with this pain anymore. The pain is mostly under the left breast. It feels like alot of pressure with sharp pains (sometimes pulsating)and sometimes travel under my left arm and to the right chest. I have been tested for reflux, but results were negative. The pain is daily, and the only pain relief I had was when I had bronchitis for 2 weeks. I have been prescribed Zanax and skelaxin. I stopped taking them, because they haven't helped. I have been to my doctor several times for this, and I am too embarrassed to go back. I think they have done all they know to do. I might ask to see a specialist, but I wouldn't know who (a lung or heart specialist)

I have a family history of lung and heart disease.

Blood results:
CK-MB .8
Triponin I <0.10 f
Myoglobin 22
White Blood: K 3.3 (all other within normal)
Blood Cell Profile: HGB 11.1
HCT 34.7
MCH 26.3
(all other within normal range)
Urinalysis: pH 5.0
Nitrite positive
Leukocyte small
RBC 5
(all other within normal range)
X-ray: 5 views of the cervical spine
1. Mild loss of the normal cervical lordosis

Sorry to bombard you with all this junk, but I am not sure if any of these test results might tie into the pain I am feeling. Do you have any suggestions? I am at the end of my rope. I am a working mother of three and this is slowing me down. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Mel.



Re: Chronic Chest Pains

Posted by Happygal on June 09, 2003 at 07:35:14:

In Reply to: Chronic Chest Pains posted by Mel on June 09, 2003 at 00:25:57:

Hi Mel,

First you might read the archives about costochondritis and see if it has any relevance to your condition. If so, then read the articles "How to be Healthy" and "Skilled Relaxation."

Second, it would be hard for me to believe that the chest pains are not in some way related to smoking a pack a day for 15 years. If I were you, I would think seriously about quitting. Especially, since your family has a history of heart and lung disease. And because you have children who need you.

Best wishes,
Happygal (Certified Massage Therapist)



Re: Chronic Chest Pains

Posted by Maz on June 09, 2003 at 14:28:38:

In Reply to: Chronic Chest Pains posted by Mel on June 09, 2003 at 00:25:57:

You really MUST giving up that pack a day. I know it's hard and all smokers say "I'm addicted" but until you give that up no doctor can tell if your problems are related to smoking. I think they are a combination of stress and what you are breathing in through those fags.




Maz

Posted by
Mel on June 09, 2003 at 21:09:31:

In Reply to: Re: Chronic Chest Pains posted by Maz on June 09, 2003 at 14:28:38:

Maz,

I appreciate your response to my post. I have known for many years that I should stop smoking, but I always tell myself it's not the right time. I know now, a good time to quit will never come. My life revolves around my smoking. It consumes time that I don't really have. I am a property manager and mother of three small children.

Thank you so much for taking your time to respond.

Sincerely,

Mel.

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Re: Chronic Chest Pains (Silly!) Archive in costo.

Posted by Walt Stoll on June 10, 2003 at 06:42:17:

In Reply to: Chronic Chest Pains posted by Mel on June 09, 2003 at 00:25:57:

Hi, Mel.

Listen to Happygal. With all the professional evaluation you have already had the only possibility is costochondritis. Since this is common in smokers, the amazing thing is that thousands or dollars of tests have been done when any competent clinician would have known the diagnosis within a few minutes of examination and NO costly tests! In my opinion, it must be kickback time.

See the bracing and the costo archives and let us know how you do.

When will it be the "right time" to stop smoking; when you finally have a diagnosis of emphysema or cancer? What will THAT do to your family??????

Walt

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Happygal

Posted by Mel on June 10, 2003 at 20:24:41:

In Reply to: Re: Chronic Chest Pains posted by Happygal on June 09, 2003 at 07:35:14:

Happygal,

Thank you for responding to my post. I read the archives, and yes, it does seem very similar to the symptoms that I am having. I can't wait to try out the "Skilled Relaxation"; however, I am not looking forward to quitting smoking. I know this is something that I MUST do. I am researching different medications to quit smoking, because I tried "cold turkey" several times (obviously no luck).

I appreciate your time. You might just have sent me on the path to feeling better.

Thank you,

Melody



Re: Happygal

Posted by Happygal on June 10, 2003 at 22:11:55:

In Reply to: Happygal posted by Mel on June 10, 2003 at 20:24:41:

Hi Melody,

You are welcome. It is so great that Walt makes it possible for all of us to learn through this website.

You can quit smoking! In addition to what you mentioned, join a support group, too, or do whatever it takes! You can do it!

Best wishes,
Happygal

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