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I'm sure there are threads that have this same question, but I wanted to ask again and get an answer for myself.
I'm 23 years old, 5'10 230lbs. So yes, I'm am overweight, I know.

A few years ago I went to the ER with chest pains and a shortness of breath, anxiety, and was having panic attacks. My physician looked me over at the time, and due to my young age wrote it off as "anxiety".
Although he did do an ECHO on my heart just to make sure, which came back normal.

Over the last few years since, I've been in and out of the ER with stomach pain, arm pain that goes anywhere at any given time from the shoulder to the arm/forearm, and even into the hand.

At the time (about a year and a half ago) they did a xrays on my lungs, stomach area, that whole region, everything came back good.

About a month and a half ago I was having the pain in my stomach again as well as chest pain that goes anywhere from over the left breast to the center sometimes on the right chest, into my left arm I would getting shooting pains into the bicep area as well as for a time I was getting jaw pain and neck pain.
I went to my primary Dr to get checked out, he told me that I needed to just eat healthier and exercise more, which is agreeable, I do.

But for MY peace of mind I went to a cardiologist and had an ekg done, came back fine (although he said there was a slight abnormality, but he said that it was common) and had a Stress Test done which I was told I passed with flying colors. Also I had an ECHO done which all came back good, valves working fine and all (This was a little over a month ago)


(Oh yeah, I also have been to a GI and had an endoscopy done, they removed some polyps that they said weren't cancerous, and I believe they said I had some acidity (or something like that) I unfortunately got busy and couldn't get back in with the GI dr to get full results - This was about a year ago.

Now though, I'm getting the pains again, honestly, they never really went away I guess, always there somewhat, but now they are intensified I guess.

Chest pain comes and goes in different parts of the chest, my left arm will get pains in different parts, as well as my left hand. My right arm at times too. I'm having some jaw pain as well (I'm probably grinding my teeth worrying about it - Anxiety stinks) I'm burping A LOT, sometimes when that happens I have a nasty taste in my mouth, and I have this cough that will NOT go away. I feel it in my throat, an annoying itch and at times I swear it's coming from my stomach (If that makes any sense). And of course, stomach discomfort, sometimes pain, sometimes feels full or bloated in the upper part/lower chest.


I don't know if I should go and get another endoscopy done or what... Is this G.E.R.D? Should I get an M.R.I.? I'm at a loss with this.
It's debilitating to say the least and always a scary.
Thanks guys.
Hi RightAnswerPlz, from the first half of your post I was thinking cardiac infarction, but seeing how the doctor's investigations are discounting that it seems extremely unlikely. Since you are getting the pains into both arms now, an itchy throat and stomach disturbances I am wondering if your vagus nerves are in some way implicated. The vagus nerve (pair) is a cranial nerve that emerges from your brain, then travels down your neck to innervate your digestive tract, and sends a recurrent branch back up to your vocal chords after looping first under a major artery in your upper chest. Also the phrenic nerves emerge from nerve roots 3,4 and 5 of your cervical spine. The phrenic nerve innervates the diaphragm muscle that is significant to normal breathing and attaches to the bottom of your rib cage at the front and the interior aspect of your thoracic cavity at the back. Now what may be key to this is that function of both these sets of nerves may be affected by something going on in your neck (which may be something as innocent as tight neck muscle .. from anxiety or a past accident) or something far more sinister like a space occupying lesion. I don't think an x-ray would show a space occupying lesion unless it was eroding bone. The other thing to consider is that if you are overweight, the pull exerted by your internal organs under gravity may also by tractioning these nerves and affecting the biomechanics of your thoracic cage. My suggestion, as you are in Florida is to locate and book in for a consultation with a doctor of osteopathic medicine, under the belief that that kind of doctor will see these kinds connections and examine for them.





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