Hello, for months I have been having with a lot of pain in my chest, back, neck and arms. My doctor said that I may have Osteo Arthritis in my neck. Today I woke up with severe pain in my neck, jaw and chest. Would Osteo Arthritis cause those symptoms? A family member warned me about heart disease in the family and I should get that checked out. With every breath my jaw and chest pain hurts more. I am a bit overweight by maybe 30 pounds but exercise is hard for me. I get short of breathe really fast and dizzy. Should I be concerned? What do you think could me wrong?
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replied May 8th, 2012
You don't state your age, sex, work, medical history, etc.
It is true, that osteoarthritis in the neck, which is very common and more likely after neck injuries, can cause the kind of pain you are describing. However, I don't recall neck arthritis causing jaw pain, and I don't understand the relation to "with every breath."
Your symptoms merit further evaluation by a physician. Included could be x-rays of the neck and a stress electrocardiogram. Chest -x-rays may be merited. All of these suggestions are made by me without knowing your age or gender or work condition or past history - so keep these limitation in mind.

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