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could anyone try and diagnose me please! shoulder/arm/chest pain on one side.

(44 Posts)
piratecat Thu 22-Aug-13 18:07:14

It hurts to breathe deeply, right under my breast on the left

It started 3 days ago.
I have been stressed with my depression, but have never had this before.
I might have been a little constipated as not eaten as healthily as usual this week, and have been reading that wind can cause pain like this.
It's really painful, and as i don't feel able to breathe in properly it's making me a little anxious.


Rooners Thu 22-Aug-13 18:08:16

PC you know if you rang NHS they would send you to A&E, don't you?

piratecat Thu 22-Aug-13 18:15:08

i don't want to go to A&E. oh bloody hell. grr. it's one hour away by car. and i'm on my todd.

what about my local tiny hospital, they have a bit where you can go for minor injuries. Would they be able to 'do anything' think they close at 6.

Or gp first thing. I don't think it's my heart, no sweating or doom or any other symptoms.

Rooners Thu 22-Aug-13 18:16:13

Yes, if you think it isn't an aortic aneurysm about to take place then I'd do exactly that. They will soon set you straight if they think otherwise smile

Good luck pet x

piratecat Thu 22-Aug-13 18:19:03

ok can't go to minor injuries hospital as it's shut.

Think i'll get to the gp first thing. thanks. I'm 44, my mum had a HA when she was 48. So it's in the family unfortunately.

Rooners, are you a medic?

piratecat Thu 22-Aug-13 18:21:02

i'm sure it's wind you know, it's bloody painful. why would it be in the places i mentioned, it's a real stabbing pain when i breathe in it's really bad, and goes up my shoulder blade and neck. confused

Doinmummy Thu 22-Aug-13 18:23:12

It does sound like wind. It can be agony. Is the pain there all the time or only when you breathe?

RegainingUnconsciousness Thu 22-Aug-13 18:24:14

Erm, you know you need to go to A&E, or at least ring NHS Direct.

Paramedics would gladly blue light you in for chest pain like that.


valiumredhead Thu 22-Aug-13 18:25:07

Strained muscle? If it gets worse then phone for help.

RegainingUnconsciousness Thu 22-Aug-13 18:25:55

HA in women are notoriously different in experience to men. Ring a professional for advice.

chickensaladagain Thu 22-Aug-13 18:26:04

Women often don't experience classic heart attack symptoms

Any chest pain that affects your breathing should be investigated pronto

I don't care if a&e is an hour away -go!

piratecat Thu 22-Aug-13 18:31:12

i googled heart stuff and Pericarditis came up as a good match.

The pain is there all the time. dd wants tea, I'm not trying to make light of it, I would have to drive myself there. Don't want to scare dd.

maybe i should ring nhs direct then.

Leverette Thu 22-Aug-13 18:39:11

You really should go to a&e. I know it's a pain in the ass but its better to be safe.

hellymelly Thu 22-Aug-13 18:42:53

Do you have a friend around who could go with you to A+E? You could have muscle pain in the shoulder, as that can cause pain in the breast and armpit. You could also have a chest infection. I do think you need to get seem though, good luck, I hope it is something minor.

valiumredhead Thu 22-Aug-13 18:49:18

Driving yourself is out off the question. Phone nhs direct, they will tell you to go to the hospital.

hellymelly Thu 22-Aug-13 19:18:37

I agree it is better to be safe. TBH I would call an ambulance, as you are alone and can't drive yourself. I think NHS direct will say the same.

Rooners Thu 22-Aug-13 19:31:18

Sorry I buggered orf PC. No, I'm in no way a medic - hope that didn't swing you either way.


I hope you're ok. Wind shouldn't last 3 days in the same place imo. IIWY I'd get OOH to call me back and assess over the phone.

digerd Thu 22-Aug-13 19:58:10

Wind ime comes and goes even if that lasts for some time. Muscle strain usually hurts when you use it but not when relaxed.
Rib muscles will hurt if strained as being used every time you breathe in.

I had that with a 10 nights of a hacking cough and was agony.

As your DM had a HA at 48 you should have your heart scanned

RegainingUnconsciousness Thu 22-Aug-13 20:05:07

OP, have you seen/spoken to someone yet? <stern look>

Notmorelego Thu 22-Aug-13 20:13:12

PC - I was in your position a few months ago. Eventually went to see my GP who said it was probably muscle strain (I run a lot) but did an ECG just in case. It showed possible heart disease and I am now waiting to see a cardiologist (my Dad has heart problems).

Sorry but you need to see a dr as soon as possible.

piratecat Thu 22-Aug-13 20:16:31

no, i have taken ibuprofen, am sitting quietly and it's better if i stay still.
The ibuprofen because it's an anti inflammatory, i don't feel that it's bad enough to stress myself out over completely.

I was hoping for more wind stories tbh. I really don't have anyone here who could take me to a&E, but if it was worse i would go iyswim. Our surgery phone lines open at 8, so i will get in asap first thing.

I have looked and looked at the HA symptoms, but i can't have been having something like that for days. If it's angina, then the dr will help.

If it gets worse i will reconsider. I know if I ring nhs direct they will tell me to go, and i can't, but i also feel quite well in 'myself' iyswim.

piratecat Thu 22-Aug-13 20:18:56

now i'm more worried after your post notmorelego, i will go to gp. how long did you leave it till you went?

How old are you, are you still in pain? sorry to hear of your illness.

Badvoc Thu 22-Aug-13 21:35:40

Cat....I have just buried my beloved dad who died suddenly and unexpectedly of a cardiac arrest on 27th July.
Please go to hospital
Never ever ignore chest or arm pain.
I would not wish the last few weeks that my family has endured on anyone.

Leverette Thu 22-Aug-13 21:46:09

I look after people at work who have been having heart attacks in progress for days. They are not always elephant on the chest/grey/collapsing obvious, especially in women.

If you call 999 for an ambulance they will do an ECG. If its normal you can then just send them on their way smile

Cat, another who has lost someone to an HA, please go and get it checked out, dont feel worried about dialling 999, they would rather you did.

specialsubject Thu 22-Aug-13 22:29:32

James Hunt. Richard Beckinsale. Just to use the celeb examples.

PLEASE get help. May it be nothing.

valiumredhead Thu 22-Aug-13 22:42:13

Take aspirin?

purplewithred Thu 22-Aug-13 22:48:40

I am not a medic, but there is a reason why all central chest pains get an ambulance in double quick time. They can do an assessment and an ECG on the spot and will be delighted to leave you at home if that's the right thing to do. There are lots of reasons of chest pains, you could be boiling up an infection or have torn a muscle. Do please do something.

purplewithred Thu 22-Aug-13 22:50:11

Aspirin improves the prognosis of someone having a heart attack but is no substitute for full assessment and treatment, and it's not as good at pain relief as paracetamol or ibuprofen.

Badvoc Fri 23-Aug-13 07:36:05

Hope op is ok

ChestyNut Fri 23-Aug-13 10:35:02

How are you this morning?

hellymelly Fri 23-Aug-13 11:24:27

Hope you are ok OP. Worrying about you this morning.

FanjoForTheMammaries Fri 23-Aug-13 11:27:16

Hope you got checked out.

My uncle has had two heart attacks. .first time he thought he had hurt shoulder and second he thought it was indigestion

He kept going for days through it

hellymelly Fri 23-Aug-13 17:57:52

Hope the OP got checked and is ok.

SuperiorCat Fri 23-Aug-13 18:23:59

Late to this but hoping you're ok pc

piratecat Fri 23-Aug-13 21:21:43


sorry i didn't come back, i was at the doctors for 9 and then had to arrange to go to hospital, which took a long time both getting there and waiting.

Had ecg, xray and bloods. All fine, doc was lovely as was nurse, and it's either Pericarditis and/or Costochondritis. The first inflammation around the heart, the second inflammation of the bits that attach your ribs to the front of the sternum.

Both painful, and both to be treated with Ibuprofen and rest. He wasn't sure how i got it, but as long as my heart is ok that's ok by me. Could be virus, or trauma, but i cannot remember injuring myself.

thanks everyone for your concern, and to those who i worried xxx

Badvoc Fri 23-Aug-13 21:24:45

Thank god for that!
Sorry you have such a painful condition, but very pleased its nothing dangerous x

Notmorelego Fri 23-Aug-13 21:40:45

PC - didn't want to alarm you it's just I wasn't too bothered about my pain initially. After the first awareness I had of it, it went away within a few hours but I could still feel it over the next week if I breathed in deeply. I the ignored it for a few months (during which time I ran a half marathon with no ill effects) but it came and went and I just put it down to indigestion. Finally went to GP in July and was shocked when ECG suggested heart disease.

I'm 41. Not often in pain (just occasional shooting pains that last about a minute). I haven't yet been diagnosed as having an illness, it may well turn out to be nothing. My appointment is next week. I hope your pains turn out to be nothing but please don't ignore them like I did. x

Notmorelego Fri 23-Aug-13 21:42:27

Sorry - missed your update. So pleased to hear your news. What a relief! x

piratecat Fri 23-Aug-13 21:51:24

thankyou. i hope your appointment goes ok.

i am 44, and can understand you ignoring it, or putting it down to a muscle or whatever. With the history in my family i was a little worried.

let me know how you get on with the cardiologist, they can do so much for you. x

hellymelly Fri 23-Aug-13 23:01:41

Pirate, sorry you have inflammation but so glad you aren't in any danger. I was in A+E myself with chest pain a few months ago- in my case they thought the pain was referred from my stomach. It is very scary (I was alone in a strange city with my two small dds, as DH was at a conference and we had gone along to enjoy the city!).
Notmorelego, please let us know how you get on- hope it is nothing.

costochondritis is so painful, I have bouts of it and usually a good way to tell is if you can inducee the pain by pressing on the little ridges between ribs (which really hurts).
it is usually costochondritis.

piratecat Sat 24-Aug-13 07:35:13

hashtag. isn't it just. sad
lying down is the worst. laughing and coughing. as i seem to be developing one due to the virus. taking a deeper breath kills.
how long have you had it. i know it can come back.
how did yours being. x?

hey pirate.

mine started after I broke my collar bone twice, so my shoulder neck and chest feel bruised and beat up quite often.

alongside this I get bouts of costochondritis. can be as simple as laying wrong In my sleep.

I find ibuprofen jel is better for me than actually taking tablets. and a hot water bottle can sometimes help.

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