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Chest pain with fluid sounds. X-ray, Echo, ECG normal. Taken medicines for gastritis. Symptoms persisting

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i have left chest pain with fluid sounds mailnly on left side of chest. x-ray, echo, ecg all are normal. i had taken gastritis related tablets but the discomfort is not clearing off . i am feeling some fluid restriction like in the left chest. this feeling is there from last 6 months. please advise on this.
Posted Thu, 28 Jun 2012 in Lung and Chest disorders
Answered by Dr. Abid 31 minutes later
Hi there...

You are young male and possibility of heart disease is highly unlikely at this age. The ECG test is good enough to rule out major heart disease. It is time to concentrate on other reasons.

A chronic left sided chest pain can be because of :

- Muscular problems present with pain during respiration and exact tenderness. Hence this is unlikely.
- Lung problems present with breathless XXXXXXX and cough. Since you do not complain, very unlikely either. Chest X-ray ruled out.
- Gut issues - I could think of this possibility because of its chroncity (6 months) and bubble sounds.

You should better seek an advice from a local Gastroenterologist. He should be able to help you better. Acid reflux, GERD, Chronic Gastritis are common reason. There is a complete cure for these if you approach the right expert during early stages. Remember the medicines for gastritis has to be for long term and follow up is also important. You might have stopped the treatment early before the results.

Hope I am of some help to you at this hour.

Wish you good health.
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Follow-up: Chest pain with fluid sounds. X-ray, Echo, ECG normal. Taken medicines for gastritis. Symptoms persisting 22 hours later
1.but i am even feeling pain some times in between shoulder blades ,on the sides of the chest that is below armpits , stiffness feeling in central chest bone.

2.Occassionally i have the feeling of numbness in the left hand ring and small fingers.
Answered by Dr. Abid 15 minutes later

Thanks for your follow up question.

Numbness, tingling and burning sensation are features of sensory nerve involvement. If you have feeling of numbness in left hand, fingers along with pain in shoulder blades, armpit, you should get x-ray cervical spine to rule out the possibility of cervical rib, that is extra rib and often it presents with symptoms as you have.

So please get x-ray cervical spine and proceed further, your pain is not of cardiac origin, it has feature of sensory nerve involvement that need investigation.

Regards and wish you good health.
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