I have been experiencing what feels like muscle soreness in the upper chest area about two inches below my clavicle on both sides of my chest. It feels like deep muscles underneath the pects. I also experience extreme redness in my face and neck when Im in an uncomfortable situation, during sex and when I drink caffeine or alcohol. Sometimes I feel dull pain in my mid left back and other time the same dull pain in the front almost in the same area. I do drink alcohol once a week and will have an occasional cigarette when doing so. I am not a doctor but it seems that all of these symptoms are potentially related to heart issues which my family does have a slight history of. Of course I am nervous about heart disease and heart problems but am not sure if all of this might just be stress and/or hypochondria. What are the probable reasons for the way Im feeling?
Welcome to the forum and I am glad to help you out. Any chest pain, especially if it increases on exercise/exertion, should not be ignored.
As you have a history of this ongoing chest pain, please do consult a cardiologist. You might need further investigations like an echocardiography and a stress EKG to look for the cause of the chest pain.
The pain can be due to coronary artery disease or prolapsed mitral valve. If both these tests are normal, then you need not worry much. If these tests are negative (negative is normal), then the possibility of esophagitis due to the reflux of the acid into the esophagus (food pipe) should be ruled out.
The possibility of this is more if you have these symptoms after your meals. An upper GI endoscopy is done for the confirmation of the diagnosis.
The 3rd possibility is a muscular pain (costochondritis) which is also quite common and treatment consists of local application of an analgesic gel and some painkillers.
Please do consult a physician for the same. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.
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