• over 1 year ago

    I have no idea what's wrong with me

    Hey guys, I’m hoping that someone may be able to help me understand a pain that I’ve been having for 3-4 months now. I’m a 31 year old male. The pain is a stabbing/tender pain under my left pectoral muscle bordering on my armpit, and is there most of the time at varying degrees. At times it’s also accompanied by nausea (felt in my throat), occasional headaches, neck, shoulder and middle back pain. I also have ankle pain most of the time in both ankles and a bad right wrist (wrist is most likely from a bicycle crash 2 years ago).
    In the last year, I’ve been to the ER twice, and both times the EKG and blood work came back fine. The second time, they did a CT scan of my upper left chest and found nothing wrong.
    I’ve also visited with my PCP, who did a comprehensive metabolic panel and a couple other blood tests, all of which came back fine. She also ordered chest Xrays, which came back negative for anything wrong with the lungs or chest area.
    She referred me to a cardiologist, who ordered a lipid panel for cholesterol. Cholesterol levels came back fine, with all levels bordering on ideal or not worrisome. I also did a stress echo at the cardiologist, and he said that nothing is wrong with my heart.
    I went to a gastroenterologist, and he recommended an upper endoscopy, which I just had today. He stated after that my throat, stomach, and intestines looked completely normal and that he took biopsies which I will have the result for in 1-2 weeks. He prescribed me a proton pump inhibitor, because in the last few months I’ve seen my conditions improve on/off with these (not sure if they’ve actually helped or not).
    At this point, I’m just not sure where to turn. Seems I have a lot of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia (I also urinate frequently and have anxiety/depression over the situation), but I’m not convinced the chest pain is from that because for one I’m male (mostly females get Fibro), and secondly from what I’ve seen chest/armpit pain doesn’t normally line up with the normal Fibro pain spots.
    If anyone has any ideas what may be going on here, I’d love to hear them. I’m going to follow up with my PCP once I get my biopsy results, but want to make sure it’s a productive conversation to move things forward. Thanks so much for reading, and good luck to everyone! I really want this to go away!!

Responses

  • over 1 year ago

    RE: I have no idea what's wrong with me

    I'm not a guy and not familiar with muscle groups but I do believe we have glands and lymph nodes under the arm and I get pain there but I try not to bother it and it goes away. I do not associate that pain in those glands with fibromyalgia. However when you mention under the muscle or left chest arm pit pectoral muscle it made me think maybe you strained it at some time???
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: I have no idea what's wrong with me

    I have heard that man can get fibromyalgia also.
  • 11 months ago

    RE: I have no idea what's wrong with me

    Hello. My first question would be: is there any history of injury, strain or overuse of the left arm or shoulder? Do you have a particular habit that keeps the arm postured negatively (including computer work, games, hobbies)? The symptoms you listed would be congruent with a very subtle neuro-vascular and lymphatic impingement around the clavicular and lower cervical/ upper thoracic region. Such things wouldn't really surface on most scans, or be considered inherently pathological. It is not quite TOS (Thoracic Outlet Syndrome), but symptoms might fluctuate with your stress levels, posture, even diet and the weather. Do you notice that the symptoms worsen in particular positions or situations? And, if they improve under others? Without proper palpation and investigation of the muscular tissues and the anatomy in its entirety, it's hard to pinpoint what is involved, so I would suggest self-massage: start with the bicep of the arm, and work your way up through the neck, into the arm pit (where the subscapularis is housed), and even into the jaw. Do some arm stretches, and rotate the arm from the deltoid, and try to "open" the tight spots, should there be any. Get the pectoral major and minor. Unfortunately, this could also result from transmitted tension from the posterior aspect of the scapula, so proper intervention from an acupuncturist (who does cupping, guasha and other bodywork) could be more profitable than more lab tests (and I'm glad nothing alarming came back for you). -@jcmlac
  • 5 months ago

    RE: I have no idea what's wrong with me

    I had the same problem years ago. Try getting an MRI. I did, and it showed a crushed disc, which cause me to not be able to use my right arm. Had to have a surgery, which put a metal plate in my upper neck. It helped with the chest/arm pain. Also, I am a male, and do have a severe case of fibro, which can be caused by a trama, such as a surgery, so don't be surprised if it shows up, possibly. When you have fibro, not only do you have pain in the trigger points, it causes all over pain, and the anxiety and depression you describe, along with a thousand other pain in the ass symptoms you'll have do deal with if fibro. Good luck. By the way, it took 7 years for someone to finally tell me what was going on, so don't be surprised if you get a lot of looks like you're an idiot. It is all very real, and very debilitating, so I hope what you have is nothing like this.