Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
140 Doctors are Online

Chest pain, burning in throat, breathing difficulty, abdominal pain. On medications, no relief. EKG, cardiac, chest X-ray normal. Causes for breathlessness?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Practicing since : 1994
Answered : 9094 Questions
healthy 36 yo female just out of the blue i had an episode where i couldnt breathe, i had sudden chest pain and a burning in my throat taht lasted about 3-4 minutes. I went to the er immediately had an ekg, cardiac enzymes and a chest xray everything came back fine. Since then its a daily struggle with pain in my chest back, shoulders, sternum, and sometimes left rib cage. Ive taken every med kown to man nothing helps. Ive also had 2 stress echos, 11 sets of cardiac enzymes, numerous chest xrays, ct with contrast of the lungs, physical therapy, and cortisone injections and nothing has helped, amd no diagnosis of this pain. I would love some suggestions or answers as to what this can be. Also i have had a lot of abdominal pain like stabbing pain in the abdomen, ive been on prevacid, prilosec, donnatol, and kefflex for this and no relief.
Posted Wed, 18 Apr 2012 in Lung and Chest disorders
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 5 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.
It is nice to know that all your tests have come back normal. Since the organic causes have been ruled out already and medicines are not helping you either, anxiety disorder seems to be the most likely cause.
To help this problem you can take a few measures-
1.Check your caffeine intake-Avoid drinking too much tea, coffee or cola.
2.Avoid alcohol and cigarette smoking.
3.Try physical exercise like aerobic exercises daily for twenty minutes.
4.Avoid your worries and problems or solve them with the help of your family and friends.
5. Learn controlled breathing.
6. Do simple relaxation exercises like yoga, meditation, etc.
You can also discuss the problem with your GP who will help you in choosing a good anti anxiety drug with low day time sedation.

I hope this answers your query effectively.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Pulmonologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor