23 year old with unexplained chronic chest pain for over a year help!!!

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   Posted 1/12/2016 12:43 AM (GMT -6)   
So, this all started a year ago, I woke up one day having chest pain. Frightened I went to the ER, they chest x ray ekg everything was normal, and normal blood work so I thought it was no big deal. Prior to that I was working out a lot, taking pre workout(a somewhat heavy stimulant) and some adderall here and there. I would drink occasionally as well, then the chest pain started to come and go quite often, and would intensify with stimulant use or smoking. Everytime I smoked I had chest pains and serious shortness of breath. I did do recreational drugs which I think attributed to these symptoms, but my doc does not since it was over the course of a year. I did cocaine about 5 time and smoked marjiuana pretty daily for a year. I went to the hospital last August as I felt like I was going to pass out at work and my chest pain was constant then, they did an echo ekg blood test everything normal. So I stopped taking preworkout and everything, but then one night I smoked and I couldn't breathe the chest pain was bad and I was incredibly short of breath and sweating, the days following that I couldn't catch breath, I was incredibly short of breath. Ever since that day which was in September I've been having chest pain constantly. I've put on 30 lbs in 3 months, had tons of GI problems indigestion bloating, upper right abdominal area pain, and some rib pain, and quite recently some pain in my legs, also along with muscle spasms that seem to happen in my knees and arms at times. The sternum pain has been the most constant, sometimes the pain will radiate to my left arm and elbow. So far I've had 3 echos, 2 ct angios, multiple ekgs, chest x rays, stress test with echo and all came back normal, but I did have blood work come back abnormal slightly elevated liver enzymes, elevated ddimer(they checked for clots found nothing, and elevated white blood cell count, and incredibly high ck levels over 10,000, they admitted twice to the hospital for the ck levels. So far I have no clue and neither does my doctor, he thinks it's not my heart but to me it certainly feels like it, im in constant pain and I have excercise intolerance now. I was having constant palpitations and I was prescribed atenolol a beta blocker and those went away. I'm afraid it's something like heart failure and they haven't picked it up. I've been to a GI doc and had a scope everything was normal, so now my doctor is sending me to a neurologist and rheumatologist thinking it's something autoimmune. All this came on after I abused stimulants for a year but my doc just tells me to get that's it my heart out of my head? I'm just at a lost, I'm trying to take herbal supplements like garlic, milk thistle for the gi symptoms, l argine, fish oil, nsaids for pain which does nothing, multivitamins. What could this be?? I always have this chest pain it's really making life hard, I'm just worried I did this to myself if it's my heart, I feel so dumb, I just want to know what's wrong with me...

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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 1/12/2016 2:38 AM (GMT -6)   
You didn't say whether or not you are married.
If not, I would move. I would sell off all your possessions, including your car, and leave the state you live in.
I would do this if the net dollars you would have was $3,000 or more.
Move to some place like Maui. Get a new life. A new job of any sort.
It appears you are so caught up in your health problems that you are drowning.
Move.. restore your health by simply leaving everything behind.
I would not be surprised if all your health problems clear up within 3 months of your arrival on Maui.
Perhaps even in 30 days.
It really just that simple, unless you are married.
Otherwise a 23 year old male should be able to move.
After a year or two, if you decide to move back, you can.
There appears to be NO MORE tests for you. Go... Go quickly away.

Your doctors will tell you its all in your head, but they won't give you the above prescription.
I will. Or you can stay where you and your head are now and keep banging it against the door.
Physical medicine has done all it can for you at this point. Risk changing your life, as it seems your current situation is very poor.

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   Posted 1/13/2016 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
ck is released 4-6 hours later after muscle cell damage. troponin is the more reliable marker. ck markers can be indicative of other morbidities. certain drugs do play a heavy role with our ticker. keep strong.



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   Posted 1/14/2016 1:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I've never had trophin elevated. I do feel like getting away would help sometimes the chest pain does get worse with stress, and my anxiety is THROUGH THE ROOF, I think about what is causing this chest pain all the time. I've looked up literally a million different disorders. I just saw a cardiologist at the cleveland clinic and he assures me my heart is fine even though the echo he was looking at was 4 months old, prior to some of these symptoms, but I had a normal echo in December when I was at the hospital. Could this all be in my head? How could I just wake up some day with chest pain from anxiety and have it for over a year? Every single day... a day doesn't pass where I don't feel pain in my sternum. The muscle spasms are somewhat of a new symptom, so they are sending me to a neurologist and rheumatologist thinking it could be something autoimmune, they tested for lupus and it was negative. I'm just worried I might have something wrong that they missed like SADS or something. It's really been consuming my thoughts lately, not to mention a poor home life relationships constant stress from that and work, and then this constant chest pain. It's all becoming a lot, I've seen counter less doctors to just hear, I don't know. Maybe getting away wouldn't be such a bad idea after all...
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