Hi, of course...I am new here, but thought I'd try here, to look for some answers. My story is long, but very puzzling. Starting the first week of Jan, I became short of breath. My breathing became very shallow and felt almost impossible to take a deep breath. Then, one week later I began having pain in my sternum, that radiated into my ribs and my back and neck. I had just started a new job, and refused to give in and risk losing it. I made it 7 days before it was just so unbearable I could not handle it. I visited the ER where I was told I had "Bronchitis and Pluerisy" What??? I had not been sick, AT ALL. But desperate, I took the meds given to me, which were steriods and anti-biotic. (the only test given were, ekg, blood,chest x-ray.) 2 weeks later I followed up with my "new primary care dr" still in excruciating pain, still breathing shallow, in tears and begging for help. Upon his exam, I found out, that I was sooo tender in my chest wall and ribs, that I could not stand to be touched. Dr. advised me I had "costochondritis" I had never heard of it and was convinced he was making it up. But I did my research and found some similarities. He prescribed Celebrex for inflammation. Another week goes by and while the chest wall pain has become tolerable (or maybe I am numb to it now) I was still having alot of trouble. I called his office, he wanted to call me in Xanax, as he blamed the breathing problems on anxiety, (caused by the pain). And also sent me to pulmonary doc for lung function test. I though I was never going to survive this. Results....normal. Long story a little shorter 5 1/2 months later, I am still miserable. I rarely have a day that this does not affect me. They have now determined that I have Fibromyalgia. A diagnosis I refuse to accept. So, I found a new doc, a female this time and she has ordered test such as "upper gi, echocardiogram, gall bladder ultra-sound, and spine and thoracic x-ray. I go back to her on the 15th and I pray that she has some answers. So far the ultra-sound showed no gall-stones, and the upper gi...well that was just miserable. But I do not have the results yet. I also have a "hanging" in my throught that comes and goes, but comes, more than it goes. I have GERD, IBS, VOCAL CHORD NODULES. I have has a hysterectomy. Does this sound familiar to anyone? I fear my esophagus may have some serious damage. This is consuming my life. HELP!!