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pain in my sternum bone in my chest?

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i have been gettin alot of pain in my sternum bone in my chest for the past 11 weeks i went to accident and emergency as i thought it maybe my heart had tests done ECG bloodtests and it shows nothing they also referred me to a cardiologist which i recently saw that confirmed it was not my heart i also had a treadmill test
during the 11 weeks the pain as been constant day and night the pain is now to the point where its in my stomach also over the past week and half i have had a terrible headache which as been constant and ive been aching all over and feeling very depressed which is affecting my mood
i have been to see my doctor who said first it was acid reflux which he gave me medication for it did not work then he said it was muscular he as referred me now to a rhemertoid clinic at hospital i have tried diffrent pain killers and anti inflamatries and they do not work the pain gets worse when i eat and when i lie down in bed
do u have any suggestions please im desperate?


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replied April 14th, 2011
Chest Pain Answer A21940
Hello and thank you for your post on e health forum.

From the history provided it seems that you might be having a condition called Diffuse esophageal spasm, which is a motility disorder of the esophagus.

This has the classic presentation of a retrosternal chest pain , difficulty swallowing and severe distressing symptoms.

Since all the symptoms that you have mentioned, in your history, indicate that DES could be the possible diagnosis for you.

For confirmation, you might undergo a motility studies of the esophagus, which will give a definitive diagnosis.

The treatment of this condition includes a prescription medication which relaxes the muscles of the esophagus and hence relieves the spasm and hence the symptoms.

I hope this helps.



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