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What is causing chest tightness, problems breathing and pain

I had triple by-pass surgery back in February, 2008, and had another angiogram back on September 8, 2008, as I am having alot of chest tightening and breathing problems.  The chest tightening and breathing problems will get worse if I do activities and even with just no activity at all.  In the last few weeks, even just sitting or lying down in bed will bring on chest tightening and breathing problems.  I also have pain just below the rib cage on both sides of the ribs and I notice it is worse on the right side.  Just recently, I noticed if I bend down, I get a sharp pain on the right side below my rib cage.  I am really worried as the angiogram I had on Sept. 8/08, showed my heart was in good shape---no blockages and the by-passes are fine.  I also had other tests on the heart such as echo cardiogram, stress test, prefusion study, etc. and they all showed I was fine.  In 2006, I did have an angioplasty on my left groin area due to blockage but this was cleared up with angioplasty.  I have lost over 20 pounds in the last six months even though I am eating normally and even eating more than I used to.  Back in July, 2008, I started experiencing alot of dizziness and lightheadedness when walking so my doctor has arranged for me to see a ear, nose and throat specialist as he thinks I also have an inner ear problem or problem with my equilibrium.  Recently, an ultrasound on my thyroid showed there is a nodule there and my doctor has ordered further tests to see about this nodule and why I am losing weight for no reason.  Could a thyroid problem be causing the chest tightening and breathing problems and pain?  Since I have such a strong history of blockages and family history of heart disease and artery disease, could I possibly have a blockage in another organ in my body close to the chest or even in my chest.  What could be causing these symptoms? I also start sweating for no reason, quite heavily at times and get very cold so I have to bundle up in a blanket.   Could cancer be a cause? I was a heavy smoker for 22 years, however, quit 12 years ago.  Any suggestions or help would be appreciated.
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I would really appreciate  a reply when you have the time.  Am undering further heart tests this week, as well as, a total body bone scan.  Next week will be undering pulmonary tests.  Hope they find out soon as my chest tightening and breathing are getting worse---now at rest when sitting or lying chest tightening comes on and stays for long periods of time.  Little exhertion---just getting up quickly or bending down brings on chest tightening.  Any thoughts on my condition would really help.   Thank you.
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