I have sharp pangs in my upper chest, left and right, mostly left. They also continue into the collar bone area, and into my upper left arm, but not the right. Also into my back but more like the back side my heart not my actual back. I'm eighteen, and I do lead a mostly sedentary lifestyle. The pangs have been happening for about two-three years now. They can last anywhere from 10 seconds to an hour. They very in degrees of pain (scale of 1-10). I'm not very good at describing the feeling. it's sharp and constant no throbbing. It feels as if my muscles are being shredded and my bones are stabbing me at the same time. Breathing, moving, talking, and sitting or standing up only make it worse. Working out to get into shape triggers an attack. However I can be lying still in bed asleep and attack triggered. There is no rhyme or reason for the pangs.
My doctors said that it was the muscles surrounding my chest wall, and that they were overextended. However they also said they weren't sure if that really was it. They told me to take to weeks rest from any physical strain and I'd be fine. That was two years ago. I am soooo not fine.
I do have a family history of heart disease. My maternal grandfather has had multiple heart attacks in the last few years.
Please help me. This pain in dishabilitating (sp?). I generally end up in the fetal position breathing extremely slowly and shallowly to not aggravate it.