Hi, I have some unexplained upper chest pain. It has been with me for about 5 weeks now, off and on, but more frequent in the last 3 weeks. I am a female, age 47. I have been in stellar health for most of my life with no sick days from work in the last 9 years. I hardly ever get even a cold. The pain can be described as a tightness or heaviness, that worsens when I hold my breath and expand the chest cavity. It also hurts in my arms, upper back, occasionally in my jaw and ears. I had a chest Xray, a Chest CT with contrast, and an echo stress test, EKG and tons of bloodwork. All of this came back fine, and doctors don't think it's cardiac. I do not have shortness of breath or nausea or fever. But...it hurts and I am not anxious, under stress, or otherwise concerned about anything except of course this, because nobody likes to have chest pain. I know two women who had heart attacks in their 40s, and hate it when doctors say "you are too young for heart issues." Nobody is too young. While I am relieved at the good test results (forgot to mention my FSH was 126 so they tell me I am beginning menopause) I take really good care of myself and don't understand why this pain persists. I am a vegetarian, I take magnesium, Vit D, Vit C, Folic Acid, and B-complex vitamins. I am very frustrated because I just want to fix this and get on with my life. I am following up with my GP next week but has anyone heard of this sort of chest pain? It seems to be in the lung area yet my chest X ray and listening to my lungs shows they are clear. I do have a massage scheduled tomorrow and plan to see a chiropractor too in case it could be pinched nerves or out of alignment vertebrae, though I would be surprised. The holding my breath and feeling pain tells me that MAYBE it could be chest wall related, but I had no injury and this has gone on very long. I am baffled, but want to be sure nothing serious is missed.
Edit: I should add that my blood pressure is normal, usually around 117/72 give or take a few points at different times during the day. When the pain is there, it doesn't matter if I am at rest or moving. It doesn't change the severity of it. At times, I think that it gets worse in a sitting position (like driving) and possibly decreases a bit when I lean back or lie back, but I have had it during those times as well. It is not constant, but is there for several hours each day. Sometimes it seems a hot shower makes me feel better, but not always. Adding this info so you have more to work with, thanks!
Any thoughts? Thanks for your time.