chest pain and only 18 years old

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   Posted 10/2/2012 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello. I am new to this forum and I need help. My daughter who is 18 years old recently went to the ER with chest pain, jaw pain and she felt dizzy. All her tests came back normal. They did a chest x-ray and an ekg. Blood work was done including checking her for a blood clot in her lung. In the end, they sent her home and told her to take 3 ibuprofen every 6 hours. Her chest pain still has not gone away and she slept all day today. She just told me that her chest still hurts. I don't know what to do and I told her I am at a loss right now...her reply back to me was "There's nothing you can do. No doctor's will help me." This breaks my heart! She is very young and should not feel this way. It seems as though the medical community isn't interested in helping us...can someone on here give me a direction to go? I am about ready to return to the ER and refuse to leave until they help her. cry

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   Posted 10/2/2012 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
It’s my pleasure to welcome you to our discussion forums.  I hope that you take your daughter to her family Dr. if she continues to complain of chest pain.  Did the ER physician mention Costochondritis ? Just a thought as you mentioned the ER Dr. sent her home and told her to use Ibuprofen which is an anti-inflammatory drug.
Costochondritis is inflammation of the junctions where the upper ribs join with the cartilage that holds them to the breastbone or sternum. The condition causes localized chest wall pain and tenderness and is  a common cause of chest pain in children and adolescents.
Please remember I am not a physician and these are just my own personal thoughts so do get her checked out. 
Also let her know that I am thinking of her and I care what is going on with her.  :-)
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   Posted 10/11/2012 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, scaredmom1994,

How is your daughter doing now? I hope she has experienced improvement since your last post. Regardless, please give an update whenever you get a chance. I would like to chat with you...

Thanks, and take care,

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   Posted 11/5/2012 12:49 AM (GMT -6)   
scaredmom - I originally ended up in the ER with nearly the same symptoms, although mine were accompanied with what I am coming to find out are PACs. Regardless, I was also diagnosed with costochondritis, something the moderator mentioned. Like your daughter, I was told to take a higher than normal dose of NSAIDS (ibuprofen, motrin, etc.), but not much seemed to help. Desperately, I saw everyone from a chiropractor to a massage therapist. The massage helped; it was hard at first as the massage therapist couldn't go very deep because I was in such a fair amount of pain. After two to three weeks of an hour a week, I was seeing some improvement. Unfortunately, I was told that it generally takes 6-8 weeks to heal.

The most important thing for me, though, was finding a doctor that would listen and help me. It took three for me to find one that would take me seriously. So my suggestion to you is to find another doctor. Keep going until you can get a physician who will help you. I heard the greatest saying the other day: "Remember, it's called PRACTICING medicine; they can't ALL get it right ALL the time." And I've found that they each practice in a different way, so hopefully you can find the best one for your daughter's needs. Finally, please let us know how your daughter is doing. She will be in my prayers.

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   Posted 12/12/2012 12:23 AM (GMT -6)   
GERD maybe? I had chest pains and it turned out to be acid reflux.

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   Posted 12/12/2012 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear this! How is she feeling now? Has she recently suffered a virus or flu prior to the onset of the pain? If so, be sure to tell the doctors this as it can be important to getting the right diagnosis. I would recommend seeing her regular doctor for an exam and perhaps a referral to cardiology and/or GI if it seems indicated.
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