Very complex story, but seeing no "answers" offered I'll give my simple input.
You post read to me like you are a "high strung" person and maybe a very competitive (argumentative) person subject to high internal stress and even anxiety/panic when pushed too far. The medication you mention, is that an anxiety med? If yes, that confirms the diagnosis in my mind.
Try to force yourself into a calm and open mind state when you engage in competition..that my make you loose some games, but it may bring better balance to your life.
Jerry, thank you for your reply. I also feel that I'm a very competitive person and it might have taken its toll on my body. If my case is truly stems from psychology then I must admit, I have no knowledge on what to do. Can a psychologist help with this?
Going into my 6th month now of the same symptoms. Doctor increased my Inderal to 20mg. Feels like it's wearing out much faster now. Sleeping is more difficult, Nytol pills seem to help though.
I find your story has similarities to mine: I had to leave a high-stress job 5 years ago when I started getting sharp pains in the upper-left section of my chest, that came to a head one day when I had to go to the hospital, they were so bad.
When I got checked out: no cardiac problems, but the doctors couldn't tell me WHAT it was. All I knew was that if I jammed my fingers into the part of my chest next to my sternum bone, the pain was reduced a lot - but I couldn't go around all day with my fingers poked into my chest. I wasn't exactly the healthiest guy back then( mid-30's, good weight, cycled but didn't lift weights )eating so-so foods.
So, I did some research at the time, and came up with the possibility that the severe stress / adrenaline load might have damaged the muscles of my inner chest wall - just a theory.
After I left the job, the stress level dropped for a while, but in the last year it's been cranking up again... and the chest pains have returned. I've had my heart checked out and it's A-OK, I can exercise( and I have, cycling around 400km a month for years )and generally do just fine.
I've started taking 560mg of natural Hawthorn root( be sure to check the side effects / interactions for your own health! )and the pains have mostly gone away... except when I have a particularly bad day. Even so, they're more like twinges, not pains... but they scare me, even so.
Hopefully you're doing better since your last post in 2015, and might still get this message posting!
"All I knew was that if I jammed my fingers into the part of my chest next to my sternum bone, the pain was reduced a lot..."
Here's a helpful tip about chest pain from someone who has studied anatomy: Because of the way human embryos develop, pain from the internal organs (called 'visceral pain,' which you can google) uses a different pathway than does pain from anywhere outside of the chest and abdominal cavities. This more exterior type of pain is called 'somatic pain,' which you can also google.
This is the word: If you can put your finger right on your chest pain or cause it to change in any way by pressing on it or moving or changing your body position, it is *not* heart pain. It is coming from something on the outside, like a pinched nerve, or chest muscles, or bones, or connective structures like tendons and ligaments.
Your problem sounds a bit like costochondritis, which you can read about here: