I have been getting a dull, burning ache on the outer side of the right breast area which sometimes extends around into the back and shoulder blade area. This had continued now for 6-8 weeks and nothing seems to make it shift - it's perhaps not quite so intense as it was but it doesn't seem to want to go! I have been to the GP who had no ideas but has sent me for a neck x-ray and for blood tests - I've also been having problems with my right arm: it just feels odd - my hand gets cold very quickly on that side and a bit tingly and the whole arm feels slightly numb and not as strong as the other (and I'm right handed unfortunately). I don't know if the two things are connected - I've had non-cyclical breast pain in the past as well as pericarditis and it doesn't feel the same at all. I was wondering if it could be something to do with autoimmune disease as I've long been diagnosed with a 'lupus-like syndrome' and was more recently diagnosed with primary sjogrens - this seems to have flared up over the past couple of years after many years of being largely 'dormant' (I blame impending menopause and all those wretched hormones myself!)
I was wondering if anyone had experienced something similar? It's not an unbearable pain but the ache in the whole right chest and back and into the upper arm makes it hard to sleep and is really getting me down. I haven't had the results of the x-ray or bloods back yet (everything takes forever at our local doctors and I've got a GP appointment on the 8th March next) - I have a feeling though that they won't show up very much. There are no lumps or bumps in the area - the GP checked - there's no redness or rash or anything to see. Could it be muscles/ligaments/tendons (my shoulder on that side clicks a lot and doesn't move as easily as the other) or could it be nerves/neuropathy? Painkillers don't seem to do anything - I feel better when I'm moving about rather than staying still - I do Tai Chi twice a week (thoroughly recommend that to people!) and I feel better for a little while afterwards but it comes back.
Any thoughts? Thank you x