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Hi everyone,

Iím a 32 year old male and have been dealing with various symptoms since September 2017 that I canít seem to get a firm answer. I first started having an aching pain in my left chest in September 2017. I went to the ER and had bloodwork run, an EKG, and chest x-ray that all came back normal. I saw a cardiologist in October and November and did additional bloodwork (cholesterol and esr sed rate), stress test, and echocardiogram. All these tests came back normal except for some slight mitral valve prolapse. I also got put on blood pressure medication.

From September 2017 to December 2017 it was just the chest pain that was bothering me but it was getting worse. I was having the pain on both sides of the chest and sometimes the pain would be almost shoulder to shoulder and also under my armpits. Deep breaths made the pressure worse and also if I laid down a certain way the pressure was worse. I also started to have trouble sleeping with chest palpitations. In early December 2017 I started having abdomen and torso pain for a few days. My entire abdomen (belly button area, flanks, ribs, down middle of chest) were all extremely sore to the touch and had a burning sensation a lot of the time. I also started having some back muscle spasms. I did an abdomen CT scan with nothing abnormal noted in mid December. The abdomen pain came and went for several weeks but was never too bad. A couple of days later I had real bad chest pressure in the central chest and was dizzy. I ended up at the ER with some more bloodwork done with elevated bilirubin noted. In early January 2018 I did a HIDA scan due to the elevated bilirubin which showed a 17% refraction rate of the gallbladder but no stones. I also started to develop headaches and head pressure at this time. I did a brain MRI in March 2018 with no abnormalities. The chest pain all the way across and in shoulder and armpit areas were still getting worse so I also did another chest x-ray in January 2018 and chest CT scan in early April 2018 with no abnormalities. I also noticed two swollen lymph nodes in my neck in March 2018 and have had a sore throat since.

The last few weeks the chest pain has been bad and the abdomen pain and tenderness from December have also come back. If I take a deep breath my chest feels tighter and my abdomen also feels tight. My entire abdomen is tender and I get the burning sensation no matter if I eat or not. Sometimes when I stretch my torso in bed I get a sharp pain in my abdomen or side of my torso. My rib area is also very sore and I get burning in the flank area and around the belly button. Iím also getting muscle spasms in my back and upper shoulder blades at times. Iíve also noticed some bone pain and tenderness in my shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees. Anyone had any experiences like this?
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Hi,

Have you seen a rheumatologist? I recommend seeing a rheumatologist, if you havenít seen one already. Youíve had a wide range of tests and scans, which is wonderful, but a rheumatologist could possibly find out whatís causing some / most of your symptoms.

I also suffer from regular, sharp pain in my rib cage. The pain in the rib cage and the tenderness and pain in elbows, knees, and the other areas that you mentioned, can be signs of fibromyalgia, but since they are common symptoms for numerous other conditions and syndromes, only a thorough examination by a specialist (such as a rheumatologist) can result in a doubtless diagnosis.
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I agree with Nick, rheumatologists are acutely more well trained for diagnosing and recognizing fibromyalgia and related symptoms.
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I think you can catch some kind of illness during your self-exploration methods (for example x-raying yourself much), beware!
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