I'm experiencing considerable pain and tightness in my sternum as of late. Usually it has been coming and going, but the past few days it has been almost constant. I have had a chest CT scan, x-rays upper abdominal ultrasounds done, and all they have been able to find is that my right lung has a mass called granuloma, which my pulomonolgist thinks is a fungal infection due to an organism called histoplasmosis, especially since my tuberculosis test was negative. He doesn't think my pain is related. My Rheumatologist thinks it's fibromyalgia, but refused to diagnose me with an AI disorder even though she know I do.
My symptoms are:
Pain in sternum--that feels anywhere from crushing or stabbing to just uncomfortable tightness. The pain is worse when taking deep breaths and stops when I hold my breath.
Difficulty breathing and catching breath-especially when I walk up stairs or wake up from sleeping.
Pain in neck and esophagus.
Pain when swallowing, hurts my throat and sometimes the pain feels like it's radiating to my spine.
New occasional choking on saliva, or just a weird sensation of choking out of nowhere.
Pain sometimes radiates to my left side of my chest, and the pain feels stabbing at times, then goes away.
Could these be related to Lupus, or should I blame it on the infection, even though my pulomonologist thinks it's impossible? My symptoms seem way too severe to be simple fibro.
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