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Long-term Musculoskeletal Chest Pain & Fatigue :(

Hi everyone,

I'm a 33 year old male and for over a year now I've been suffering with an unexplained chest/lung area pain and heavy fatigue. It's getting hard to remember how it started now but I first thought I was getting sick with a cold but then the cold never came and I was left with a permanent heaviness and fatigue from that point on.

If I stretch my chest muscles near my lungs I can feel soreness and possibly inflammation almost like I had just went to the gym but I have not. If i lie still or sit on the computer I don't really notice it but throughout the day I will get waves of exhaustion and sometimes my whole upper body feels sore and drained. My eyes are heavy and I need to sit down quite often and focus on my breathing. It sometimes feels like my breaths are shallow and there is a tenseness in my chest.

I went to the doctor several times and took blood tests, thyroid tests, and even a sleep apnea test. All came back fine and so the doctor just gave up. I then went to a naturopath who had me on magnesium and iron supplements but neither did anything. I've tried changing my diet, doing yoga, doing exercise, etc, but nothing seems to really affect it. Coffee in the morning gives me a nice burst of energy where for an hour or so I feel good but eventually that fades.

Anyone have any ideas for what could be causing this? I'm generally a very healthy person, though I had just recovered from Bronchitis a few months before this all started and had taken antibiotics to help. My best guess is I have some sort of chest/lung infection or virus that is not going away on it's own. Are there any that come to mind that could cause this?

Thanks in advance!
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replied January 24th, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
These symptoms are consistent with chronic fatigue syndrome. You would need SSRI like flouxetine to combat this problem.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan


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