if you will please forgive me as this isn't a lung cancer question but i am hoping you can still help me some. i've had near constant pressure inside my upper middle chest for over a year now, and recently I started having episodic severe stinging pain in the upper center chest that rises into my throat and even causes me to feel headaches. this lasts for half an hour at a time, then lingers moderately for hours longer. I had a normal stress test and chest xray, and an MRI of my spine and brain. do you know if this could be something wrong with my thoracic aorta? what can be wrong with me? should i pursue a ct scan or mri of the chest? would this type of pain be consistant with esophageal inflammation?
There could be several causes of these symptoms, including esophageal, aortic, venous, mediastinal, pulmonary, gastric, and even non-thoracic conditions.
A CT scan of the thorax (plain and contrast) and upper abdomen may be a useful test to rule out many of these possibilities. Please arrange to get this done quickly.
All the best, and God Bless!
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