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I had trouble breathing & got bad Chest Pain

I am diagnosed with Costochondritis and I get very bad chest pains, with pains in my upper ribs and up to my jaw. Everything came out normal EKG, bloodwork, chest x-ray, etc. I am on pain medications that are not working. I will be getting a cortisone injection in my chest eventually. I have Costochondritis for almost 2 months now. I also had 5 episodes of trouble breathing and pressure in my chest. In fact, I woke up at 2 in the morning on Thursday and I had trouble breathing. My question is even though that it is Costochondritis, how do I know the episodes I am having are not from a heart attack ? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Cassie
Asked On : Thu, 18 Feb 2010
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  Anonymous's Response

If your breathing is also affected then it goes more in favour of a heart problem rather than costochondritis. And ECG is accurate for diagnosis of heart problems. So since there are no such issues in your case, heart problem is a less likely instance.

Answered: Fri, 19 Feb 2010
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my granddaughter has bad chest pains and an increased heart rate at the time so could this be her heart even though test does not indicate any heart problems

Answered: Fri, 26 Feb 2010
  User's Response

thank you very much

Answered: Fri, 26 Feb 2010
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Thank you for replying.  I have a heart murmur that the doctor heard through the stethoscope and he said it sounds like a whooshing sound.  Also I noticed with the chest and jaw pain and the pain in both arms and shoulders, neck, and left part of my face, when I take my pulse for a minute and each time my heart skips beats and sometimes I can feel a fluttering in my chest and other times a rapid heartbeat and pounding heartbeat.   My symptoms did get worse

Answered: Mon, 15 Mar 2010
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