Patient discussion about chest

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Q. I was in the ER because of a chest pain and the doctor there said its costochondritis. What does it mean?

I am a 42 years old man. Last night i went to the ER because of a chest pain. The doctors there did many test and in the end they said its costochondritis. What does it mean? Can someone elaborate about the risk factors that can cause this symptom?
A1It seems that you are suffering from a traumatic injury to the skeleton that is near the heart which is called costochondritis. It can be a result of a simple trauma to the area or (as in my case, I am a rower) due to repetitive use of the muscles of the thorax and arms
A2Costochondritis is an inflammation of the junction between the the bones in the thorax. because its very close to the heart, and because it can be very painful it might be confused with heart attack. A trauma to the skeleton in the heart area is prone to do an inflammation and pain that can mimic heart attack.

Q. I still have chest pain after 5 angioplasties/stents. Does anybody else still have that much angina?

A1my uncle had the same problem. went through several catheterization at several different cardiologist (some are well known), but couldn't get this annoying pain off his chest. the weird part was that it didn't even reacted to effort. but eventually (i don't remember the stent amount) one of the cardiologist solved the problem. so don't give up and continue searching the cause!
A2Hi Angie. Thanks for your question. I'm sure one of our community members will answer it soon for you. Unfortunately, I don't know much about chest pain.

Q. What is the differential diagnosis of chest pain in a 35 year old woman?

I am a 35 years old woman. I suffer from chest pain for about 24 hours. I just came back from a trip to Europe, and i feel really bad. I smoke and I take anti contraceptive and i know that I am at a risk for pulmonary embolism or costochondritis. Cat it be something else?
A1The differential diagnosis of chest pain is very wide.
It can start in costochondritis if u carried a lot of luggage or might be pulmonary embolism if you didn't move from the chair all the flight. But it can also be a sign for an acute coronary syndrome (even at the age of 35) or a pericarditis. To be sure you need to consult with your GP.
A2To differentiate between simple costochondritis and pulmonary embolism you need some laboratory test. In general pulmonary embolism is more recognized by the shortness of breath rather than the pain. Because of the fact that pulmonary embolism can by life threatening, if you have any suspicion that you suffer from it go to the ER NOW!

Q. What else besides heart problems can cause ongoing chest pain on the left side?

I am a 30 yr old woman and I have been having chest pains on the left side for several years. My heart has been check several times and the doctors can find nothing wrong. within the last year I have also started having constant neck pain. Anyone have any idea what could be causing these problems.
AThere is a possibility these could be symptoms of magnesium deficiency. Are you taking a good cal/mag supplement?
Otherwise, I would suggest looking into for a nucca doc in combination with a massage therapist. Worked wonders for me.
Or, may be the answer if nothing else will give you some relief.

Q. Can someone tell me how to gain chest muscles?

I am 17 years old. I am fit physically and mentally except one thing that I don’t have chest muscles. All my other friends do have chest muscles and this is causing me greater concern. I look normal and handsome the only thing I lack is chest muscle. I have tried to eat a lot to bring good muscles but failed in my attempts. Can someone tell me how to gain chest muscles? I remember one of my friends who had lost his physique when he left the exercise abruptly, so please tell me something which does not lead to this?
A1do you do push ups? those will help you a lot. start by do 3 sets of 15 to 20 push ups every other day.

do you workout otherwise?
A2It is better not to think of gaining chest muscles when you feel physically fit. With simple desire to gain extra muscles you can lose physique which you already have if you cannot continue with exercise, like the way it happened to your friend. If you can carry with your exercise for many years then its good else don’t keep that goal. Just enjoy your good health. Making muscles is good but maintaining it requires time and management and good diet. But any exercise for chest like bench press, pushups are good with regular and healthy diet.

Q. It feels like I cannot breath properly, my chest feels heavy and Whenever i eats something it gets even more.

If i don't eat much i get gases problem. I am regularly having constipation if i don't take proper medicine. Mostly i have been diagnosed as Digestive System problem, stomach problem, dryness in body and no Problem with my breathing system just cause of gases which causes my chest to remain heavy. I am worried because i never gets my real power in breathing and my digestive system is not getting well. Kindly suggest.
A1I take milk regularly have no problem with it nor with any specific food or i have never tried to look at this aspect. However i do feel stomach problem with foods heavy for stomach like burger or too much oily things..
A2Dear Eva thanks for reply... I feel breathing problem in both situations ... If i don't eat i feel comparatively comfortable than eating but i am also physically feeling weak because of regular constipation so my body feels weakness thats why i gets gases problem or whatever when i don't eat and therefore breathing problem...
A3Do you have problems breathing even when not eating? Have you tried to see what foods make you feel worse (e.g. milk)?

Q. My mother had a chest pain and she was sent for a TEE. When do you need a TEE and when a normal echo is fine?

My mother had a chest pain few weeks ago. we were sure its a heart attack and went to the ER. There the doctors did some tests and she was sent for a (trans thoracic echocardiogram) TEE. I want to know when do you need a TEE and when you can do just a normal echocardiogram because the TEE was very painful for her and we want to know if ther was a better way.
A1The main difference between TEE and normal echo is that in TEE u put the transducer directly in the esophagus. The transducer is the same and the idea is to put it as close as possible to the heart.
As far as I know there are some heart situations the TEE is better for diagnosis that normal echo. Maybe your mom had one of those situations?
I can recommend you to ask the ER doctor. he will probably be able to give a better explanation for his choice
A2It is not clear from the question what was the situation. I know that as a fat man my GP always sends me to TEE because he said he cant see anything with normal echo.
So I guess obesity is a good reason for TEE. Probably there are more reasons but if you want, you can call your doctor and ask him what was his rational. From my expiriance if you will ask politely the doctor will gladly explain you.
Hope that all is OK with your mom:)
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