Posted 7/6/2011 8:32 AM (GMT -7)
I don't know if anyone remembers me but I've posted here before (as well as on A/P and GERD). I stopped posting because I just got too busy trying to find answers. I tried not to google symptoms but see doctors instead. I tried not to post on forums but to get advice from doctors instead. But alas, I'm back here to let you know that nothing worked.
I've been battling 'atypical' chest pain for years now, and right up to this day, I am still in pain. In fact, it's worse than ever.
I've now spent a TREMENDOUS amount of money on doctors and tests that revealed nothing. Echo stress tests, angiogram, endoscopy, xrays, blood tests, ECGs, and the list goes on. I've seen regular doctors, specialists, even a chiropractor...heck, I even caved in to a friend's advice and went to see a 'traditional chinese' physician. I was desperate to get better. I am now literally broke, and my pains are getting WORSE.
I have a hiatal hernia which they say is not supposed to cause the type of pain I've been having, and I think they're right. I have mild asthma. I have a problem with gas (tried probiotics and all sorts of antacids and meds that dont seem to work long term). Basically that's it.
BUT I AM IN PAIN.
I am not having anxiety over it (since nothing seems to work, the doctors have told me, again, that it might just be anxiety). No, I know how it feels to have anxiety; what I have right now is depression. This is making me horribly depressed!!!
I JUST WANT THE PAIN TO GO AWAY. It's ruining my life. I am 29 this year, I have a family, a child, a job. I am constantly distracted and crippled by the pain.
For the past 8-9 days, I've been chest pain that comes and goes, back pain that usually coincides with the chest pain, pain in my left forearm(including wrist and hand), pain in my left leg and bottom of my left foot. The doctors don't seem to want to see me anymore.
My husband suggested seeing a "pain management doctor". You see, I would do that, if only I know the source(s) of my pain. After all those tests, NONE of the doctors were able to give me a proper diagnosis. It was maybe this, or maybe that.
With the amount of pain and discomfort I am facing, I won't accept maybe for an answer.
And I'm posting on this forum because heart disease runs in my family and I believe I might have some heart-related issue that is still not discovered yet. My own father spent years trying to find a cure to his
"gastritis/indigestion" problem; ALL his ECGs were normal even when he had his final massive heart attack. Only when he was minutes from dying did they find out that he had a major blockage that was too late to do anything about. Only after he died did they tell us that he had numerous heart attacks before the massive one that killed him. Duh, he had bad chest pains so many times before but the ECGs were always normal so nobody took him seriously.
All along the doctors just told him it was NOTHING. Because their tests said so.
So yes, I do believe there is something going on with me but I have nowhere to go for answers already.
Maybe I (or my family) will know when it is only too late.
But for the sake of my husband and child, I really don't want that to happen. I am at my wit's end. I've tried everything in my power. What else can I do?