I suffer from chronic chest burning a lil from the left center of chest had all heart tests done all ok... it is horrible I have suffered for 2 yrs this awful burning pain, does anyone know what this could be?
Anybody suffer from Chronic Burning Chest Pain (NOT GERD)?
Question posted by sunshine1109 on 6 Dec 2011
Last updated on 21 February 2017
I found your post, I too suffer from burning in my chest and upper left back area. Comes and goes through out the bad. It started with burning in my upper abdomen. Doc said I had upper respiratory infection. I changed my diet and the upper abdomen pain doesn't come around as much but the burning comes and goes and I'll even feel it in my throat at times.
Had anyone with this problem had their lungs checked?
My mother suffers from severe burning chest pain. Reading all comments trying to find some help for her. She has been on Nortriptylin and she did not do well on it. She has been on Gabapentin since 2/2015. It seemed to help her, but lately not so much. We know it did help because if she forgot to take before going to bed she would wake up with severe burning in her chest. I am reading post with someone saying doctors are saying post herpetic neuralgia from shingles. my Mom did have shingles in the past around her waist area. During doctors visit next week I will ask about this. i hate seeing my Mom in so much pain. Any comments or suggestions are welcome.
I would focus on your spine specifically your neck. Cervical spine issues (like a disc,etc) could cause your symptoms.
You should get an MRI of your upper spine.
I can "hear" your anxiety.
Please just get the test done and avoid worrying. I know it's easy to say but by using your good energy on negative stuff affects you in ways you are not aware of.
Your immune system comes to mind and all other aches and pains becomes intensified. It also can turn a happy individual into a worrier.
Just be proactive and get tests done and specialists.
I remember a phrase from when I was young...
"Don't trouble trouble until trouble troubles you" !!! Lol
I have the same issue, you can say burning, stinging, or what ever the bottom line is it feels like inflammation and it's consistent but not sever but very agitating.
I feel it's lung related. Seems like something a smoker would encounter but I am not a smoker. Scaring comes to mind when I feel this dull burning/stinging. Now most people know what heart burn feels like... who has not experienced heart burn??? It is definitely not heart burn. I'm checking everything, heart, lungs, liver, kidneys... something is causing this crap and it's a shame these specialist don't have a clue.
Found your posts from different times. I have had same condition for years. Usually sever and less sever burning compressing pain in left upper shoulder, upper chest and arm lasts for months, then goes away, then may come back.
Currently i m suffering from it. Chest feels so tight and compressed that it feels heart may get crushed. And pain in shoulder and chest is as if a hot red knife was inserted and been twisted.
I did all the checks. Its not the heart, not heartburn. It comes from the neck degenerated discs compressing the nerves and postshingles neuralgia.
I try to stay away from drugs. Started the one that need to be taken for 2 weeks before it works. It does not help with pain. Stopped. Tried tramadol. It made me feel worse. Endone now but it makes me sleepy and dizzy but pain is there except for short while. In AU we hv this names.
Pain goes away eventually after few months but then in time of stress comes back or cold windy draft or carrying a heavy bag on the shoulder.
Also my pain got worse after chiro manipulations.
What i can suggest is overall rest, healthy foods and juices, less heavy exercise that stresses shoulders, just light ones to maintain strenghs of the muscels, yoga when feel better.
Have you had any positive results on this yet? I've been suffering from the same thing for 12 months, 24hours a day, 7 days a week. Constant burning aching in the chest, it's getting to bad I have lost my appetite and don't feel like doing anything anymore. I've had loads of tests and as they can diagnose it, as the NHS do, they diagnose as anxiety! I am not an anxious person but now I have this on my profile they just shrug me off when I go in! I did get diagnosed with no ferritin which also caused hair thinning but does not relate to heart.
I was a fit and healthy young female before this came and I am trying to keep my fitness up but it burns so so bad I just want to cry :(
Can anyone give me some hope!
I know exactly how you feel. I've had this problem for 4 months now. I've had a colonoscopy, endoscopy. 4 ekgs, chest xray, ct scan with contrast and a stress echocardigram, gallbladder ultrasound, and the test that they do to see if your gallbladder is functioning and nothing yet. And I take nexium everyday.
Not sure if your pain is the same as mine. I have burning pain and pressure across the top of my chest and my shoulders (sometimes one or the other) . Sometimes if I move a certain way it will hurt. I can't enjoy anything for it. It scares me and I don't want to be active or eat because of it. I go back to my doctor on Monday to discuss it further. I don't have answer for you, but know you're not alone. If you find out what is causing yours let me know and the same here.
So sorry you are dealing with such terrible pain. I know it can be frightening not to know what's causing it. I sometimes have pain in the same area as you describe, but it almost feels like my ribs and it is a deep aches, but thankfully it doesn't last long. I went through all the heart tests but it's been nearly 10 years since that. I did wake up in the middle of the night in 2006 and my left arm and hand were numb and aching. I freaked and called 911, they came in an ambulance and within a few minutes they had IV's in each arm and were giving me oxygen. All the tests were negative and I now realize that I have a habit of sleeping with my left arm in a position that causes this pain.
I sure hope you can get some relief... I know you said you didn't have panic attacks, but these symtoms can sometimes be caused by them. I went through a year of constant panic and agoraphobia back in 1987 after and injury to my back. It was horribly frightening and debilitating. Finally after nearly a year workers comp sent me to a psychiatrist who gave me xanax and added klonipin. The terror finally diminished and I stopped the meds after about 2 years, but I remember going through brief episodes of panic even as a child. Sorry to talk about myself so much, but I'm hoping with everyone's answers something might sound like what you are dealing with. Please take care and keep us informed!
sunshine1109, i still haven't found anything with the burning in my chest, seen three different drs. they can't explain, i know what you are going through, don't know if i can go 2 yrs with this problem. anndrew49
have same problem, Dr . prescribed pantoprazole sod. dr 40mg, my ins would not cover nexium, it is not acid reflux or gerd, I asked my DR. if he has ever seen this before and he said no. what meds were taking when burning started, I am on many meds for hbp, cholesterol, a-fib, and heart meds because of 2 stents put in 11/3/11. My problems started after stents were inserted. I am wondering if I am having a reaction to the stents or meds. My meds are, Amiodarone 100mg, aspirin 81, benicar 40mg, pravastatin 40mg, plavix 75mg, atenolol 25mg, metformin 2000mg, ambien 10mg, pradaxa 300mg, xarelto 20 mg but cardiologist took me off pradaxa then put me on xerelto, took for 2 wks and took me off for this week. This is very frustrating and is stressful not knowing what is causing this problem, i know where you are coming from, please feel free to contact me @ 315-252-1407
i also have the same burning sensation in my chest, had scope and sonogram done and things were all negative, had 2 stenets put in on nov. 3 but have had 2 nuclear stress tests done and always pass with flying colors. my cardiologist says nothing more they can do. on many meds., don't know what to do anymore.
I have crohns disease and get an awful pain in my chest from a "sour" stomach (acid reflux) but you asked if anyone may know what it is? I get a pain in my chest also from anxiety, have you ever taken an anxiety medication such as Xanax,Valium, or Klonopin and have any relief?
Good Evening Sunshine! I am so sorry you are having this discomfort. My question first is why do you say in parenthesis (not Gerd). I have had that terrible burning and it is called "heartburn" if it is what it you describe. Has a doctor or anyone been told of this? It is only my opinion but it does sound like acid reflux and if so then you should see a Gastroenterologist about it to be sure. You may need a proton pumper, such as omeprazole (Prilosec) or Nexium but your GI doctor will prescribe what is best if it is indeed acid reflux. You can get Zantac or Prilosec over the counter but it is wise to check with the doctor. Please keep me apprise as to your results after you see a doctor. If you want quick relief, just go to pharmacist and get Zantac. A pharmacist will also help you with this but a doctor is best to see after your visit with the pharmacist.
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