My symptoms are chest and back pain, shallow breathing, fatigue, joint pain & stiffness, weight gain, depression, & my vision has become cloudy & blurred. X-rays came back clear, should get blood test results today. No insurance, so I can't afford more Dr. visits & no answers. What should I do?
Your history is indicative of severe symptoms which should not be taken lightly.
The description of your symptoms appears to be due to rheumatological conditions like polyarteritis nodosa, polymyalgia rheumatica, or functional disorders like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and others.
You will need tests including a lung function tests, Slit lamp examination of your eyes and a MRI brain/ orbit for a proper evaluation of the cause of your symptoms.
In addition, once your insurance issues are taken care off, you should consult your doctors who can provide you proper treatment of your symptoms.
Probably the most common cause the pain in your upper back and chest is your diaphragm. Your diaphragm has the same pain pattern as your heart. Hence it causes your chest pain and also tightens your upper back. The second most common cause is a mixture of the common causes of all back pain - tight muscles, weak muscles, joint movement and pelvic balance.
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