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Posted by
Sarah M. on September 03, 2003 at 00:20:09:

Hi,
I have been having chest pains for three years, and as
yet have not been diagnosed with anything. I get sharp
pains in my chest lasting a few seconds every couple of
days - only occasionally strong enough to make me
stop in my tracks. The pain feels like stabbing, and
hurts worse when I breath in when it's bad, when it's
mild it feels like palpitations.This happens usually
when I am sitting or lying down, doing nothing athletic
or even active. It did not start after any injury or strain.
For a long time the pain was localized on the right side
of my breastbone in a specific spot- sort of on a rib-
which still is tender to touch, but has now moved to the
left side under my breast. It has become worse, and
hurts when I lie on my side at night.Over the course of
the last three years I have had a gastroendoscopy, an
EKG, and a chest xray, which have produced no positive
results. I have moved around and thus have had many
doctors, and no one following up on this. Of course I
am afraid it could be my heart, and that they just haven't
done enough tests. Doctors seem to think I am a
hypochondriac and tell me to take advil, and my family
and friends have started calling it "panic attacks".
However, it always seems to happen when I am deeply
engrossed in something not at all stressful - a
conversation, looking at my work, out of the blue in the
middle of the night. It is real pain, not imagined.
I am 32, single, and have no major diseases - just
migraines and anemia. Within the past 2 months I have
also very suddenly come down with TMJ and "Vertigo",
after starting a new job that I don't like. I am starting to
feel like my health is falling apart, at the exact moment
that the people in my life seem to be starting to think
that I am making up these various maladies.
What does this sound like?
Thanks for your help,
Sarah



Re: costochondritis? (SIGH!) Archive.

Posted by Walt Stoll on September 04, 2003 at 06:18:54:

In Reply to: costochondritis? posted by Sarah M. on September 03, 2003 at 00:20:09:

Hi, Sarah M.

The one thing your worthless tests have done is prove that this is costochondritis. The scandal is that this should have been their first diagnosis and not the last (if ever).

Just do what is suggested in the costo and the bracing archives and let us know how you do. By the way, your TMJ is caused by the exact same process. You can see that connection by going to the TMJ archives.

It is typical of the bankrupt allopathic paradigm that we tend to blame the patient (calling them a hypochondriac) when WE are too ignorant to make the diagnosis.

The proof of what I say will be apparent when your symptoms are gone. The quickest way to get rid of the symptoms (albeit temporary)is to either do a series of Rolfing or Hellerwork (archives again).

By your sharing your progress with the BB participants, you can save many others from falling into the same trap your docs led you do.

Walt

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