For the past 2 yrs I have suffered with unbearable left sided chest pain, its not on my skin it feels like its in and around my left breast. I have had every test imaginable, ct scans, bone scan, mammogram, breast ultrasound, heart tests, nothing has come back abnormal, all my blood work is fine I even had intercostal nerve blocks that only numbed be for a day and it was back full force, I am suffering everyday of every minute of my life with this awful burning intense pain that never ever lets up. My Dr's are thinking post herpetic neuralgia because around the same time it started with a slight burning I had about six blisters in the center of my chest right where my bra is and I remember them being itchy but never gave it much thought after that but this intense pain thats been just getting worse and worse over the yrs is just killing me and my life is not the same anymore and I dont know what to do. Has anyone ever had this and was it from shingles?? I've been on gabapentin, nortriptyline, cymbalta, Lyrica nothing has helped me... Please please I need some insight on this..and its not heartburn... Thanks... shine
I'm so sorry to hear you're suffering so much. Just some thoughts. Have you tried an anti inflammatory like advil or aleve? Have they ruled out costal chondritis? Post herpetic pain can be awful in some people. So that is a possibility. Has any doc talked about using lidoderm patches? My BF used them after shingles and they helped him with the pain. Have you thought about seeing a pain management doctor?
To anyone that has burning .
I too suffered with burning. It felt like someone poured acid or hot coffee on me. For me, the burning was on my arms and shoulders. The burning lasted all day and sometimes switched off with feeling numbness and tingling. It was horrible. I had neurological tests, MRI of the brain and spinal cord and EMG. I also had blood tests. Everything came back fine. So what did the neurologist think it was? A virus. He gave me gabapentin for it. It didn’t go away. At the same time I went to a psychiatrist because it was giving me high anxiety (and I was having trouble sleeping) . The psychiatrist felt that the symptoms could be anxiety related and that my nerves were overshot (I had a very difficult year medically , even months before the burning episode). He told me to stick with the gabapentin and added Zoloft and clonazepam . I did lots of praying .Thank GD, after maybe a month, I felt better. My point is- don’t be afraid to exhaust all areas . I am not saying every burning case is the same, but sometimes it can be anxiety.
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