I’m experiencing an intermittent dull pain in the center of my chest that feels like it’s coming from my breast bone as opposed to deeper within my chest. It worsens when I lie on either my left or right side. Pressing on my sternum and ribs worsens the pain only very mildly, not nearly as badly as with the bruised ribs or pleurisy I’ve had in the past. I also have “skipped-heartbeat” palpitations. Sometimes when walking briskly, I have a palpitation that produces the sensation that my breast bone is being struck as if by a hammer from behind.
Background: I’m 56 years old and have experienced the single “skipped-heartbeat” palpitations for many years, which my doctor has concluded are benign. I’ve also experienced intermittent episodes of lightheadedness and faintness (without passing out) for eight months. Recent tests, all within the past five months, all normal:
Treadmill and cardiolite stress tests
24-hour holter monitor
Blood studies, including TSH
CAT scan (head)
Ultrasounds of my liver, pancreas and gall bladder.
I’ve also suffered from heartburn for years, so I know what that feels like, and my current pain is not similar (I take OTC 20mg Prilosec daily, which has almost totally relieved my heartburn). Other meds are Mirapex for restless legs syndrome and 20mg Lisinopril for mild hypertension. Any clue what this breast-bone pain might be? Thank you!