This is kind of a long story so please bear with me. It all started Thanksgiving Day 2011. I was playing football with my family and got a pain in my chest. I figured I had strained something and brushed it off, went home and went to bed. I woke up still having the pain and feeling out of it, like I couldn't concentrate as well as I used to. I slowed down on my smoking and this went on for about a month and I noticed it was gone one morning shortly after Christmas when I woke up, like someone had flipped a switch. The month of January I was feeling normal and good except that I was coughing up thick stuff that had blood in it. That lasted a couple weeks and quit. The pains and loss of concentration and everything came back February 2, 2012 and it hasn't gone away since and I'm so tired of worrying it's my heart and feeling out of it. I just want to be my old self again. I've been to the ER countless times. They've done EKG's, blood work, and chest x-rays each time I've gone but everything came back normal each time. I've talked to my regular doctor about it and she ordered a few tests. I've had: and MRI on my head, a CT scan of my chest (one looking at my aorta and another checking for blood clots in my lungs) and I asked for a referral to a heart doctor and they did an ultrasound on my heart and a stress test. Again everything came back okay so I've left it alone and have done my best to quit worrying about it. She talked to me about it being anxiety but I've never been an anxious person. I'm always calm and I never get mad. Lately the symptoms have been getting worse again. I went to the ER the other night and they did an EKG, blood work, and a chest x-ray as usual, and everything came back okay. They diagnosed me with Pleurisy and Bronchitis but it doesn't hurt when i breathe, it just comes on randomly. I've also been to a neurologist and he ordered a test where they put electrodes on my head and monitored my brain activity while asleep, with flashes of light and other things, I've forgotten the name of it, I'm sorry, I believe it was an ECG? Everything came back normal though. I drink absolutely nothing almost but Diet Mountain Dew for a few years now. They told me it could be the caffeine so I switched to caffeine free Diet Mountain Dew but it hasn't helped. The pain is normally just to the left of the bottom of my sternum, but I've had pains in my back left shoulder blade, my neck, my left side, and my left arm and leg. I've had one episode where my arms and face started tingling like they were falling asleep and it felt like there was a tourniquet around my chest. I went to the ER that time as well and everything came back normal. It also seems like my ears constantly need to pop like they do when you're in higher elevations. I'm just at my wits end because it's really affecting me everyday with me thinking it's my heart. I never leave the house without 2-3 aspirin in my pocket just in case it is my heart. I'm just hoping someone could give me a little advice and thank you for bearing with me and reading all of this. Here lately, it feels like I get an intense flip-flop feeling in my chest and makes me light headed or get that "falling feeling" we sometimes get when we go to sleep. I've also been having a sensation in the back left side of my head. I'm just terrified to even go to sleep. I have an 11 year old sister to take of and I'm just scared something's going to happen. Here are some facts about me:
I'm a 26 year old male. I'm 6'4" and 160lbs I've smoked for 9 years now, but I've cut back a lot. I smoke maybe a pack and a half a week. I've never had any major illnesses or diseases. I don't have the best dietView Thread
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