Center upper chest pain when breathing in/ bending over

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Cdavislyme
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   Posted 10/12/2015 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been having the worst chest pain for about a week, right in the center of my chest. At first, I thought it was gas because it came and went, but it has been constant now for about 24 hours. :/

I HATE going to the ER and my GP. I saw my Lyme doc on Tuesday and mentioned it because it had started the day before. She says it's diet related. However, how is it like this constantly?!

Could this be a really bad herx? Or babesia presenting itself? I also have had a raging headache for 2 days and have gotten to full doses of the Byron White formulas. Maybe I just haven't detoxed enough and am killing way too much?

If this is something I should be concerned about, please let me know! The pain is right in the center, upper chest area (slightly above and in center of breasts). Again, it comes with deep breath and when bending over.

Thanks, everyone, for being so supportive!!

Cdavislyme
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   Posted 10/12/2015 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Also, I am on minocycline, if that helps. I used to do detox baths, but CA is in a super bad drought, and I have been using other detox methods (circumin/turmeric, lemon water, plenty of leafy greens, detox teas-dandelion and ginger, dry skin brushing, milk thistle).

One more thing, I was exercising for a month, had to stop because I was overdoing it and the chest pain flared. The week before last, I cheated on diet for a few days in a row (I know, not good, but I'm human).

Maybe detoxing the toxic food and the bugs in combination is giving me these symptoms?

I just don't want it to be something serious, like clots in my lungs. 😭

PeteZa
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   Posted 10/12/2015 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
As a used to be athlete, when I got that pain it was costochondritis. Of course that was pre-Lyme. Costochondritis is when the cartilage of a breast bone gets stretched. Did you do "chest" at the gym? Coughing really hard can do it too. If that is it, it will take time and an anti-inflammatory.

Now being a Lyme newbie I have found that there isn't much on my body that can't hurt. The duration is always weird too. Some pains last maybe an hour, some days. I have found no rhyme or reason in my lyme pain. Any pain I get now, I chalk it all up to lyme and hope it quits sooner than later.

A girlfriend just had a knee replacement and she got a blood clot in her lungs. She could not breath even being super still and her back hurt one heck of a lot.

Still, maybe even a trip to an urgent care center will make you less apprehensive. Either one of those I have mentioned are a quick diagnosis by a doc.

Dancingbear*
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   Posted 10/12/2015 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
HI, I am sorry you are feeling bad. If I were you, I would give myself a time line. Like if this is not gone or improved by a certain date, I will go check it out. That will, hopefully, allow yourself to relax! You need to relax about this. I have had chest pain thru out my sickness and stress made it worse.

I have come to think my chest pain is/was acid reflux. If this is your problem you can try HCL with pepsin. There is another thread about HCL on this forum. Also, check out this sight

http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/how-to-supplement-with-betaine-hcl-for-low-stomach-acid/

you have to slowly increase your dose to get to the right dose for your body.

sense you get worse pain when bending over, I think this may be your issue.

Good luck and I agree with your LLMD that this is digestive.
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Rikky1
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   Posted 10/12/2015 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like classic babesia to me. I know because I've had it in that exact spot. Have you tried any new or upped any medicines of late to cause a reaction? I remember before I started heavy abx that I took an epson salt bath and caused that chest pain for 4 days straight. If you want to test it try taking an epsom salt bath with 1-2 cups of salt in a semi-hot bath for 10-15 minutes. If the pain intensifies you can be sure its the babs acting up.

Cdavislyme
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   Posted 10/12/2015 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes I tried an Epsom salt bath and felt so dizzy and the pain was awful when getting out of the bath! I went straight to the ER (currently waiting) to be sure. The family and boyfriend were concerned, as was my boss.

sarahm620
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   Posted 10/13/2015 6:36 AM (GMT -7)   
For me, that is babesia. "Air hunger." Are you treating for babesia?
Sarah
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B777
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   Posted 10/13/2015 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
It is good that you went to the ER.... you just have to know for sure that you aren't ignoring something serious. Please let us know how you are doing...

My first and most prevalent symptoms have always been in the upper back, shoulder and chest area. I agree with PeteZa that costachondritis causes shooting nerve pain into the chest that culminates at the sternum. That being said, I can't begin to tell you how many times I convinced myself that this time it was truly a heart issue. At one point it became so bad that I ended up in the ER as well. That visit lead to a cardiologist appointment and all kinds of heart tests. The conclusion was that my heart was fine.
I hope you discover the same about your heart.

Rikky1
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   Posted 10/13/2015 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
sorry you're in such pain cdavis maybe that advice to take the salt bath was a bad one but it pretty much confirms its babesia acting up. i had a chest attack tonight that lasted a few hours. babesia loves to sit in your chest. i'm on cefdinir/tinidazole MWF pulse and its definitely helped my main issues (head/chest) for what its worth.

Cdavislyme
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   Posted 10/14/2015 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm okay now everyone! Chest pain and stabbing leg pains have been coming and going (scary!).

These were my VERY FIRST Lyme symptoms after being bitten (almost exactly one year ago), and I, having no clue about Lyme, thought these symptoms were blood clots prior to diagnosis.

It's strange because the symptoms all lead to clots (stabbing pain behind knee, larger, more visible surface veins, swelling), but I got several ultrasounds and they were all fine.

I think the stress of the chest pain and the PTSD from being in the ER (I was in ER daily prior to diagnosis with crippling anxiety) probably made my Lyme flare again. It's crazy because my mind totally went to blood clot AGAIN!

Ugh. I wish Lyme & Co. would just stop messing with me. :/
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