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Posted By : PhoenixGuy1 - 6/4/2017 8:17 AM
I been having chest pain issues on and off for the past 7 years. I was being treated for acid reflux but tested negative for GERD in 2013.

Symptoms include a mild burning chest pain, mild rib pain, and mild upper and lower back pain even pain in the upper abdominal. I was symptom free for almost two years until this April this year when I came down with the flu when my chest started to feel heavy. I had been lifting weights for over a year.

From a scale of 1-10 my pain is usually a 1. Currently, the pain and discomfort is constant from the time I wake up to when I sleep. Sometimes, it disturbs my sleep.

It also effects my appetite but I still eat.

I had many tests over the years which included, a CT-Scan, chest x-rays, ultrasounds, gallbladder tests, bloodwork etc. All normal.

Could this be a spine for rib cage issue?

Posted By : straydog - 6/4/2017 8:40 AM
Hi PhoenixGuy & welcome aboard. Has any of this changed since April especially after eating? How long ago was your gallbladder tested?

There is a condition called costochondritis (may have spelled it wrong) that may fit into some of this. I suggest that you go to a reputable website, not Wikipedia either, too much garbage there & read up on the symptoms & see if anything catches your eye.

We have had people here with it & you can use the search feature above & read the old posts about it. We do ask that you do not post on the old threads, as most likely the member is no longer active here at Healing Well.

Take care.
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Posted By : PhoenixGuy1 - 6/4/2017 1:22 PM
Hi Straydog,

I last had a ultrasound in January which I get every year for a small polyp. I had two hida scans in the past, last which was about three years ago.

My chrioprator told me I have bad posture and I told him about my symptoms. He thinks it's my ribs from the bad posture.

Costo sounds about right except that I do not have tenderness when touching my chest or ribs. I do feel a little pain when stretching my chest.

Posted By : (Seashell) - 6/4/2017 4:17 PM
You do not mention your age. I bring this up as routine aging does come with its own aches and pains.

You report that your pain is a 1 on a 1-10 scale. I do not quite understand why a pain of 1 would be troubling you (1 = low and 10 = high).

You mention that you lifted weights several years ago. What about now? Are you fairly sedentary? I bring this up as you mention that you see a chiropractor who has commented on your posture. If you have a rounded posture (forward head and rounded/slouched shoulders) you will experience discomfort when the body is fully opened and stretched outward.

The suggestion raised of chrondoitis is a valid consideration. You need not have each of the identifying symptoms. The interface of the sternum and individual ribs is a site of continual micro movement with each breath intake and exhalation. Inflammation due to repeated micro movement is the basis of chrondoitis.

You may want to find a "functional medicine" physician. These MDs focus on how the body moves and functions in assessing for pain and dysfunction. As you have had fairly extensive imaging scans and a GI work-up without a distinct diagnosis, a functional medicine MD might be a insightful nexr step.
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Posted By : 1 day at a time - 6/4/2017 6:36 PM
What type of weightlifting do you do? I've been doing cross training for years now and many times overdo to the point of injury. So much so that I'm on the sidelines again, only barely doing basic core and watered down circuit training. Depending on the type of weights you do, you may have strained yourself into a hiatal hernia. It happened to me. I didn't even know I had it until a CT showed the stomach had migrated into the chest. Have you had a CT done yet? GERD isn't always present in a traumatic hiatal hernia other than some heartburn. It's really hard to tell the difference between muscular pain and gut pain, at least for myself.

Posted By : Everett1 - 6/9/2017 5:03 AM
Does weightlifting make to feel easy with your chest pain?

Posted By : straydog - 6/9/2017 6:48 AM
Hopefully the OP will come back & answer a couple of questions. Keep checking back Everette.
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Posted By : PhoenixGuy1 - 6/18/2017 7:54 AM
Sorry for the late reply. I had a CT scan many years ago which was normal. I was told during one of my tests that I may have a small hital hernia.

I continue to lift but lightly. It does not make my pain any better or worse.

I am 34 years old. Costo might be giving me the pains. Its just that researching online makes me think costo gives people extreme pains especially during movement which my pain is mild.

I work in a office so I am sitting a lot and hunched over when sitting and walking. I worked in a office most of my adult life.

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