For about 6 years I have felt this uncomfortable tightness or pressure in my chest. It's difficult to describe the location, but it's usually in the upper and middle part of my chest in a large area.
The pain occurs out of the blue, it's never triggered by movement such as exercising, or food/drinks.
I was a smoker from ages 14 to 21. During that period I experienced the pain very often, on the worst days it lasted 30 to 40 minutes and it was painful and uncomfortable. I tried sitting in different positions, drinking water, breathing deeply but nothing relieved it or made it worse, just like now.
Luckily the pain has not been as severe since I quit smoking 6 months ago but I still feel it almost daily. Still the same tightness and pressure, lasts for 10 to 15 minutes.
My doctor thought I should try taking omeprazole because she said I might have acid reflux disease, although she agreed that I don't have the symptoms. I took the medicine for 4 days, felt sick because of that, so I stopped. Also, I feel very strongly about taking any pills, especially when I probably don't have the disease the medicine is made for.
I am a young woman, only 22 years old and I just want to live like a normal healthy person. I want different advice from different people. Maybe someone has had experience with anything I am suffering from.