I'm a 39 year old male, in pain, habitual smoker and crack user. I do not get any conclusive results from Royal London Hospital or my GP apart from telling me my pain is muscular or chest infections but i keep on having severe pains and aches in my right side of my chest coupled with backache. i was robbed in the street on 15th november 2013 and presented to RLH as i was in pain and couldn't breathe they following day. as soon as i said i am a crack user the medic said "well given your history it's more than likely to be muscular so go home and take paracetamol" I did this yet the pain has not gone, it is not the first time I had this & if anything the pains fluctuate, yet am told give it time, but it's 24th December 2013 now, & still getting progressively worse not better like it, apparently, supposed to be doing, if i take paracetamol or smoke crack it doesn't hurt for a couple of hours but have a constant dull ache as opposed to 'stitch' type stabbing pain that usually i have, especially when lying or sitting, lying is worse as i have great difficulty in getting up and also lose feeling in my legs and fall over as leg are completely numb, i have told hold a sturdy object, rock sideways and pull myself up, more so first thing in the morning, as the chest pain really hurt then. if i lie down and am leaning on my elbow my arm goes numb too. All i ever get told it is either muscular or chest infection pains and due to frequent absences with chest problems i was dismissed from my job this year too. i was admitted to RLH in May 2012 as i collapsed in Whitechapel LU Station as i couldn't breathe, they did a scan thing when they put they dye in you but apparently there was a problem so the test proved inconclusive and was discharged with the advice of give up cigarettes as i am a candidate for emphysema due to smoking constantly since the age of 5 and used to be on 60 a day when I was 16 years old. i asked if my 'current lifestyle' was the cause of my collapsing and needing to be on 100 units (?) of oxygen, as breathing was too painful unaided, however I was told "no but it doesn't help" but yet it does, at times, seem to help lessen the pain i feel. i am at a loss on what's truly wrong with me and don't feel i get taken seriously due to my lifestyle (which i do get help with trying to overcome my addiction in a community based DTP). can anyone help guide me as to what my chest issue is, as my mother-in-law was being treated for over a year for muscular pain and this transpired to be terminal lung cancer, she was given a prognosis of 6-12 months and 2 WEEKS later she passed away so obviously i am concerned with this knowledge but feel my symptoms are overlooked as follow my presenting myself numerous times for chest related problems, no tests get carried out and am sent on my way with painkillers so find myself developing a dependence on them now too. my shoulders constantly ache too especially in the joints & when lying down or try to rise up. advice anyone please? x
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