No physician can figure out why I get a severely aching chest that can last for days, initially beginning in the center of my chest and can spread down to my rib cage, upper arms and sometimes my back. I often feel like I've been run over by a truck, my muscles ache so much. But initially, before the muscle involvement kicks in, the pain feels exactly as that of a classic heart attack (and I've been to the ER several times when this first started).
It usually begins while I'm sleeping. I've had a full cardiac workup including an angiogram. I do have Barrett's Esophagus, stable for many years, gastric reflux helped immensely by treatment, and high cholesterol that is being treated as well.
The chest pain comes every few months and lasts for several days to a week, then disappears.
What a bothersome problem--it sounds really uncomfortable. It's worth getting a second (or third) opinion on this problem since it starts in the chest. We tend to recommend that anyone with chest-related pain seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
Since the pain begins while you're sleeping it may be that the way you lay or the way you move during sleep is leading to spinal misalignment or to muscle problems. While you're waiting to see your doctor you might see if yoga or light stretching helps relieve some of the pressure.
I have the same thing so I know how you feel i believe. I also have the feeling of extreme tiredness. I told my doctor that my muscles feel like I have been having extreme workouts. I feel like I have a band around my chest right under my brests. How about you?
I also have that band feeling it is the crease of my left arm and my chest feels uncomfortable as we speak.When I LET OUT A LITTLE COUGH IT FEELS LIKE A SHARP PAIN COMES.And this has been the 3rd week,
I have the same feeling of a band around the crease of my left arm.I also have chest pain for 3 weeks now.Do you think if it is a heart attack I would be out by now.And my main question is when an hearet attack occurs does your pulse rate go up or down?