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    Default please someone HELP chest pain/abdominal pain :( agony and no help from doctor/ED

    Yesterday morning I began to get terrible tummy and chest pain. I tried panadol and rest. After a while I couldnt even stand. The chest pain was crushing and radiating across the whole of my chest and I hardly noticed the abdo pain anymore. My partner took me to emergency where they gave me asprin/codeine and put me on an ecg and did an xray. Nothing was found. I found that laying down made me a lot better but the pain was still there. the doctor suggested something called "Costochondritis" which is inflammation in the breast bone. But after we left the hospital the pain got much worse, particularly in my stomach. Crippling cramps and a very weak feeling, probably made worse by the fact that I hadn't eaten all day by this point, plus nausea. Went to the after hours GP this time, who felt my stomach, asked some questions and after discovering I am feeling a bit constipated and nauseous, concluded it is more than likely something like GERD and some tummy upset from too much indulgence over the holidays. I have previously suffered with IBS so I can understand that it could be tummy related. He prescribed some losec and said don't have any more asprin or codeine as it will only upset my stomach. So I went home and slept and felt fine all night. Now that I am up, even just standing long enough for a shower has me in agony again. I don't think I have EVER heard of GERD causing this much chest pain. My stomach is feeling a bit better, although a bit hollow and still not much appetite. Does anyone have any ideas? I know I am not having a heart attack, but it feels like something is going terribly wrong inside my body


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    I have been getting that chest pain, and it turned out to be gallstones. Did they check for or see any gallstones when you had the ultrasound?
    Your pain doesn't sound exactly like mine, but I thought it would be worth mentioning.

    ETA just saw you had an xray not ultrasound, and that you may have overindulged over Easter. I would ask to get an ultrasound to check for gallstones
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    that is interesting as we have a family history of gallbladder issues. im going to ask to have it checked today. i feel like death. seriously.

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    Try a heat pack if you have one, lay on your left side with a heat pack on your chest. Or run a hot bath/shower- as hot as you can stand it.
    I hope it gets sorted for you, whatever it ends up being. Having just been through the whole diagnosis thing, I've discovered it seems incredibly difficult to pinpoint tummy problems as it could be one of one hundred different things.

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    Yeah Gallstones were my first thought as this was the type of pain I had - it's unusual to have the pain lower in the stomach (I had it though) and it radiated down my legs also. Heat packs help a lot, avoid anything with codeine... I'd be trying to get in for a ultrasound ASAP.

    Good luck

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    I got quite a lot of chest pain, and had all these tests and it was all fine. The doctor suspected it was maybe muscle spasms on my chest.

    That's interesting about gall stones. That runs in our family too.


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