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Hey Dr. Saha:
The EKG was totally normal, in fact that pretty much said: everything on it looks fantastic. No other tests besides the X-ray and EKG - both were fine. The treatment given, or recommended, was a few things: They thought it could be post-nasal drip, some sort of reflux, or caused by anxiety. I've tried taking Guaifenesin and it didn't really do all that much, as well as 3 or 4 days of Prilosec that didn't do anything either. The reason I would think there is a mass in my chest (and this could sound ridiculous, I understand) is because of the chest tightness, feeling the need to throat clear, un-productive cough, added with the mild itching. I don't know, maybe I AM over-reacting, but I'm just worried that there's some stuff going on in my chest that wouldn't have been seen on the x-ray. If you think that reasoning is absurd, please say so. Ha.
No, I don't even think I've had a cold in over a year. I first went to urgent care for chest tightness about 1 year ago, actually, and they did the exact same tests with the exact same results. I've experienced the chest tightness on and off for the past year definitely and it might actually stretch out beyond that. The mild itching has been something I've experienced since January or so, that is also off and on. The throat tightness/congestion/throat clearing/mild need to cough is from the past 3-4 weeks and even THOSE symptoms come and go. I am well aware that anxiety can cause ALL of these things, and I'm willing to accept them as anxiety, I just don't want to miss something in doing so - all the horror stories of things actually being wrong but being chalked up to anxiety for a long time.
I see that you say, "CT scan can be taken if doctor thinks necessary." By saying that, are you saying that I should suggest that I'd like one to rule all the more sinister things out? Would you, although I know you haven't physically examined me, suggest a CT scan or no? So, with the chest mass stuff, you don't think a mass would be causing that because a mass big enough to cause that would definitely show up on an xray? Thanks for clarifying.
I'm not sure if you're actually online still, but I wanted to add more to the last question - about the itching. I've been feeling more and more itchy today and it's the most bizarre thing: I feel the itch, but then when I go itch the itch it just disappears - none of that satisfying feeling of when you scratch. I also have some places (mostly on the back of my shoulders) that feel almost sunburned and sensitive. I know this sounds nuts, nonetheless, it's what I feel. More anxiety, you think?
May i help you dear?
Do you have associated rash on skin? Neck stiffness? Have you undergone thyroid function test,CBC,ESR,etc or other blood work? Loss of appetite? Do you have dry skin? Are you taking any medications for anixety? What is your occupation? Thanks.
I don't have any rashes, no neck stiffness besides my neck feeling tight in the front, I had a bunch of thyroid tests about 2 years ago and they all came back fine (the ones where they test T3 and T4, or something like that), haven't had a CBC or any type of blood test in some time. I've been eating as much as normal and if I haven't been it's probably because I'm been anxious about all these annoying things lately. I don't take any medications for anxiety beyond St. John's Wort. I'm just a lowly food delivery driver. Ha. Thanks for the concern, look forward to hearing back from you. I'm assuming you saw the whole list of exchanges from earlier, right?
So, what types of tests do you think I should ask my doctor to perform on Monday? Should I insist on her doing some blood work? Thanks for the thorough response.