ongoing chest pain and shortness of breath: heart and lung tests all normal

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Ongoing chest pain and shortness of breath: heart and lung tests all normal

For 8 months I have been in agony. Recurring chest pain, all the typical heart-attack warning signs, pain radiating under left arm, over left side of chest, sometimes in the center, sometimes right side...

Shortness of breath daily, and occasional shooting nerve pain that strikes my thumb tip and radiates up and down my arm and back...stress echos and multiple chest xrays, ct scans and other tests have ruled out many issues such as heart or lungs.

The doctors suggested it could be costochondritis. I am 32, always thin, excellent cholesterol numbers, normal blood work, never smoked or did drugs a day in my life, but I do have a high stress lifestyle.

I nursed my 3 year old until this last week! I am also pregnant with my second. Perhaps the nursing or carrying did something? Does this seem like a chiropractic issue?

Frankly, I'm not sure, but depending on the answers to these questions, yes, perhaps a chiropractic condition.

Press on the joints between the ribs and your sternum; are they tender, any swollen, are they equally tender right and left?

Lie flat on your tum, and ask hubby to press (quite hard) just lateral to the spine where the ribs join to your back. Any really tender spots?

Sitting, turn right, then left, then tilt to the side, right, then left. Sore?

Does (did) taking in a deep breath ever cause pain?

These are issues concerning Chiropractic rib pain treatment and the costosternal anatomy

I'm also wondering about a condition called Tietzes syndrome ... related to costochondritis.

Concerning the pain in your arm what needs to be determined is whether you have any pinched nerve signs. There are many possible causes. When you have the symptoms down your arm, does placing your hand on your head, relieve or increase the symptoms.

A simple test you can do at home for a pinched nerve: Upper Limb Tension Test ...

The long and the short of it is that only a careful, thorough chiropractic examination can determine whether this is a "chiropractic condition".

Let me know...

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Dr Barrie Lewis

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May 21, 2016
Same symptoms
by: Anonymous

I have been experiencing the same thing for last 3 months. I have had a pinched nerve in back that I was taking some chiropractic treatments for, but they have not helped. But I thought I was having a heart attack at 30.

Recently went to ER got everything scanned and checked. Then again with my PCP. Did echo Doppler more blood work. Perfectly healthy. I too have just finished nursing my 2 year old and believe I have damaged something due holding to the weight of my child. How to solve this?

Hello Anonymous,
As hubby to press quite hard on the joints between the ribs and your spine in the midback, just lateral to the spinous processes. Are any quite tender?

More gently, press yourself on the costo sternal joints. Again, are any painful?

Does, or has taking in a deep breath, coughing or sneezing cause pain anywhere?

Let me know.

Dr Barrie Lewis

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