Hello all! Just checking in here to see if any of you suffer from upper chest wall pain. I have pain right above my left breast, my muscles are painful to the touch there. I also have pain in the back on that side too. I have been tested by two different docs with EKG's to rule out cardiac origin and they were always normal as were my cardiac enzymes. One doc told me it was muscle pain wrapping around from the front to the back and wanted me to go into therapy, but it just got too expensive. One doc told me it was costochondritis, which is an inflammatory problem with the chest wall. I also know I press and lean on that side quite a bit while I work. I just wondered if any of this could be PBC related? I am getting ready to have Thyroid cancer surgery in June and also was worried this was cancer related, but not sure.
I know that PBC is an inflammatory process and fibro causes chest pain too (which I don't have as far as I know), but this certainly flares up when I am under stress. I can usually make it go away with over the counter pain meds, but the only treatment for costo is high doses of ibuprofen, which I know we shouldn't take. I did break down today and take two, but the pain was really bad today. I've been under considerable stress lately too. Besides the cancer, death in the family, etc.