pain in middle of chest and under left breast
by agram2011, Sep 18, 2011
For the past month or so I have had constant pain and tenderness usually in middle of chest with soreness in left breast. Sometimes I feel the need to take a really deep breath. My gp said its reflux and prescribed losec but they have not made any difference. Today I have taken 4 gaviscon tabs, 1 muscle relaxant, and at the moment have a hot lavendar pad on the area and am resting in bed. It does not seem to be related to what I eat and I eat very well, and do not drink or smoke and not suffering from stress. Am thinking of going back to doc tomorrow but he will probably refer me on to someone else. I am 59 and now worry it may be related to my heart although the doc did an ecg last week and bp is fine. My mon died at 53 suddenly.

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by LivingInHope, Sep 18, 2011
If the doctor only checked your blood pressure and did an echocardiogram (or were you referring to an electrocardiogram- EKG)... in any even, they did not do thorough testing for your heart.  He should have ran blood tests to rule out heart attack.  Also, did your doctor order a fasting lipid blood panel?  If heart attack is ruled out, they may want to do a nuclear stress test to check for any areas of abnormality, such as ischemia (lack of oxygen to tissues) in the heart.  It is good to get your heart checked out, and if your doctor doesn't know the tests to order, it is best to get referred to a cardiologist who knows what they are doing.  If your mom died of a heart attack or cardiovascular disease, I hope you have impressed that fact on the doctor, since family history can be very important.

With the tenderness and soreness you mention here, did you do any pressing on the chest wall where you feel these feelings especially?  If so, it is very possible you have costochondritis (should be properly diagnosed by a physician, though, which I am not).  I've had costochondritis diagnosed by a doctor, and it is very painful.  I've had a doctor pin-point it with pressing on it.  I've read it can hurt to take a breath with it even.  It is an inflammatory process that can attack either side of the chest (I've had it on both sides) but many patients, including myself recently can think it may be their heart.  Typically, when the doctor diagnoses this, they prescribe anti-inflammatory medication for this.  You might think about what you might be doing to aggravate the problem (like leaning on your left elbow, for example) and try to avoid these things and rest it until you get to feeling better, if it turns out the doctor says you have this.
by LivingInHope, Sep 18, 2011
Your doctor may have suspected esophageal spasms, which can feel like heart pain and gastritis (stomach under left breast), but from what you say about your not being bothered by eating, etc. plus the acid fighters not helping, it might be the doc got it wrong.