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Chest pain

My boyfriend has been having an achy pain in his left chest and breast area for the past two months. It started when he developed a cold with a really bad dry cough. The pain has spread to his left armpit and the middle of the left side of his back. Occasionally he will get a sharp pain for a second or two towards the middle of his chest. He will also get light headed and dizzy when the achy pain gets really strong. He has been to the emergency room 2 times. They told him it was bronchitis with muscle spasms and inflammation of the pleural cavity, they prescribed him pain medication both times which did nothing. He saw his primary care physician twice after that who told him it was a social anxiety disorder and prescribed him Xanex which didn't help at all. The second time his doctor told him it was either a thyroid problem or a heart valve problem. After this trip he went back to the emergency room with very bad chest pain light headedness to the point of almost passing out and dizziness. In the ER they gave him dilauded which did not relieve any of his pain. He was admitted over night and monitored. He has had 3 or 4 EKG's done, 3 chest x-rays, 2 CAT scans, a CT scan, a stress test, and countless blood tests all which came back as negative for any problem relating to his heart. He is currently taking pain killers and anti anxiety medications which do absolutely nothing for his pain. Doctors have no idea what it is and we are begging for answers. What could this possibly be from? Is there any chance this could be referred pain from something else?
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Hi, the pain may not be cardiac related as all the test done are negative. Sometimes it can be costochondritis, inflammation of the sternal rib junction. The pain can also be due to orthopedic related causes like cervical rib, cervical spondylosis or disc prolapse. A simple x-ray will help and an orthopaedician can guide you. Regards.
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