Chest and arm pain

Hi everyone. I've posted several times about my left side chest, arm, shoulder and jaw pain. It has been 5 months and it's not letting up! The only thing that doesn't hurt every day is my jaw, I've gone probably a week or so without that bothering me. But the chest, arm and shoulder is on and off all day, every day.

I have been to the doctor I believe 6 times and the ER once. I've had a lot of tests..

Numerous EKGs

Chest x-rays

Blood work

Stress echo cardiogram

I guess I should add...

I'm almost 38 (in 17 days)

No risk factors

BP and cholesterol are good

Has anyone had something similar? I don't really have any shortness of breath or anything like that. I guess I'm just wondering if I've had enough tests. My husband and family and friends said after the normal echo that this has to be muscle tension. I do have a little discomfort in my shoulder when moving a certain way but my chest isn't affected by moving so how can that be muscular?! My jaw doesn't hurt to open or chew! So I don't see how this can be muscular either.

I hate that this has taken over my life.

I keep thinking what if they missed something on the echo?! I was always the person who was relieved after a normal test result, but I haven't gotten that reassuring feeling after these tests.

Can anyone offer any advice or suggestions? Thanks!

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  • I also always suffer with left arm pain and chest discomfort. Even my family says i have to convince myself that nothing is wrong with my heart. Might be its one of the symptoms of anxiety

  • Have you had all the heart tests?

  • Yeah ecg, echo

  • It sounds like Costocondritis and anxiety. Rub in circular motions your chest like small circles gently, especially between your ribs and sternum. Soak in the tub with epsoms salt. If you can take anti inflammatory medicine like ibuprofen but be careful with that too. It can cause tummy bleeding. Ugh. Me and my friend have costo. It's not life threatening it's just annoying and painful. It's where the muscles tighten up in the chest and and whole lotta areas in the upper body are affected by it. You can look it up online. I hope you feel better!!! 😊😊😊 you'll be ok. Stop worrying and stressing also that help a lot. πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

  • It sounds like Costocondritis and anxiety. Rub in circular motions your chest like small circles gently, especially between your ribs and sternum. Soak in the tub with epsoms salt. If you can take anti inflammatory medicine like ibuprofen but be careful with that too. It can cause tummy bleeding. Ugh. Me and my friend have costo. It's not life threatening it's just annoying and painful. It's where the muscles tighten up in the chest and and whole lotta areas in the upper body are affected by it. You can look it up online. I hope you feel better!!! 😊😊😊 you'll be ok. Stop worrying and stressing also that help a lot. πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— I also told Nikki this.

  • I deal with these same symptoms on a regular basis. I have been to the ER more times than I can tell you. They always send me home with Xanax and a pain pill. I even had a $300 follow up with a cardiologist which was a 24 hour holter, stress, and echo...ALL PERFECT!!! And this was a prominent cardiologist in my area. Right now, I am having the same symptoms and as scared as I was before I went to the cardiologist. I am so sorry you suffer with this too, I wish I could give you some better advice.

  • Do you even get the jaw pain?!

  • Yes...it runs up the side like TMJ but I do not have TMJ!! Its so annoying and worrysome. I usually chew gum to try and forget about it....silly but

  • Hi nickie420me, sometimes it can be a trigger point knot that is giving you referred pain. Once that knot is massaged out by a physical therapist, the other pain locations will subside. I get that myself from time to time. A few days ago, it was a trigger point in my left shoulder that radiated pain to my left temple and jaw. I used a small pain patch on the shoulder, took 1 Tylenol and relaxed. The pain started to subside in a few hours and never came back. Just a thought....

  • Thanks! I've read about trigger points! I actually made a trigger point massage appointment tomorrow! It can't hurt to try!

  • Good Luck nickie, feel better.

  • Thank you!

  • Yes lots of anxiety triggered all those pains for me

  • I just dealt with this. Last year I had a holter monitor - all normal. A couple weeks ago I was on an event monitor for 30 long days. I haven't gotten the results back yet but I'm assuming since I've heard nothing it's 100% normal.

    Which means - likely high stress and anxiety. Which slightly thankful it's not serious but it sucks. I also have stomach issues - do you? I sometimes think it might be digestion related.

  • No, luckily I don't have any stomach issues.

  • All stress sweetie.I had the exact symptoms and had all heart test.Even went to the dentist.I finally realize it is the stress.When you get it under control the symptoms will leave.

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