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Heavy chest feeling, chest X-ray and EKG normal. Back discomfort. Costochondritis?

My 21 has a heavy chest feeling. He has had a chest xray , EKG , echocardiogram . All are negative. There is no congestion, no asthma . If he takes night time Alka Seltzer Cold Plus, he feels better. Daytime formula doesn t work. He also feels discomfort in his back today. Could this be contra congitis? I am his mom and I had this in the spring but he has no rib soreness.
Asked On : Sat, 29 Sep 2012
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Dear friend, welcome to HCM!

It is unlikely a costochondritis without rib tenderness.

Does he have heartburn, sour eructuations, back pain, chest / upper abdominal discomfort/pain?
Are the symptoms more when lying down?
Does he smoke? Are there any other symptoms?
Is a CBC done? any allergies?

It could be 'many things'.
Reflux esophagitis could also cause this (dyspepsia).
Please describe the symptoms in great details to be able to give you a more specific advice.

Take care and please keep me informed of your progress.
Good Luck!
I hope to have answered your query satisfactorily.
Thank you!

Answered: Sat, 29 Sep 2012
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