intense sternum pain radiating into both sides of face
several years ago I woke up with an intense pain (labor intensity)that started in the upper middle of my chest, through my neck and into my jaws on both side. This lasted for about 10 minutes and went away. It was months before I had a similar attack, this time in the day. They have gotten a little closer but still several months apart with some lasting 10 minutes, others up to 30 minutes. But I now have a discomfort in my throat, sometimes trouble swallowing like the food is getting stuck and a mild variation of the intense pain mentioned before. I mentioned it to my doctor and it was brushed off as heartburn. I have been on Prilosec for over 10 years which keeps the heartburn under control. I recently had several tests for upper right quadrant pain and burning, back pain, nausea vomiting and belching. They say I have gallstones and removing it will take care of all my symptom. The stones were discovered during a CT with dye to check my heart. This was followed up by an abdominal ultrasound, upper GI series, endoscopy and a colonoscopy thrown in for good measure. Endoscopy showed gastritis. I am also low in Vitamin D and B12. I am not convinced the removal of the gallbladder will be a cure all. I have read lots of horror stories of after affects such as SOD, pancreatis (pancreatitis) attacks and such. Anyone out there have this intense chest, throat and jaw pain?
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