I have been having sharp pains on the left side of my chest, sternum, pressure in and under my ribs, and shortness of breath. It's like having asthma, not in your air passageways, but just in and around your heart, lungs and chest. I went to the hospital a week ago with stabbing pain on the left side of my chest, stabbing right through my heart and into my back. Pain radiated through my arm, shoulder, spine and neck. I immediately went to the ER. They did an EEG, found a rapid heartbeat, took blood, found nothing abnormal and then took a chest x-ray, which was also presumed normal. They didn't treat me at all and diagnosed me with GERD, something I already have and knew it wasn't the cause. My doctor called me the next day, and reported that I actually did have an abnormal x-ray. She didn't tell me why, but I found out later that it was a lymph node that was enlarged. So she had me do a CT scan, but I won't know for another week if they found anything. I'm scared it might be cancerous or nothing at all, and if it's nothing, she won't treat me and I'll keep getting worse. I'm pretty sure it may be pericarditis or pleurisy, especially because of my symptoms, tests, age and gender. Would a CT scan catch chest inflammation, if that's what it is?
I keep having chest tightness, I can't breath well for periods of time, my heart area gets stabbing pains and it gets better with rest. I'm sure it's inflammation, but the ER doctor wrote my theory off and didn't treat me. I went to a Rheumatologist the next day. He didn't seem to think it had anything to do with a Rheumatological disorder, and totally ignored me when I told him about
my malar rash. He basically told me I was crazy and nothing was there, didn't care, even though I was slightly red that day. He said I had a neurological disorder and need to see a neurologist. But neurological problems are only part of what I'm having. I don't know what to do.
Post Edited (pink blobs) : 2/27/2011 6:19:28 PM (GMT-7)