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Burning and tingling sensation in chest, nerve pain - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am having burning and tingling in my chest. Progressively worse over the last few months...but I had it along time ago, and it went away. Probably stress related, but very worrisome. Feels like nerve pain. I do have an ongoing rash on my chest, which made me think shingles. But it's turned so chronic, that I don't know if that's what it is. The rash comes from sun exposure. Little pimply things. I've had them for a couple years. They come and go, sometimes itch. Also thought the chest pain might be coming from a compressed cervical disc. Stays mostly on the right side of my chest, occasionally spreads to breast or left side. Feels like gnawing, raw, burning, tingling. Not so much sharp pain as constant annoying buzzing feeling. After chiropractic adjustment, it seemed to activate the nerves and they all went buzzing in the front of my chest. I've tired seeing when the pain comes....from food, activity, seems to have no pattern. I exercise every day and it never bothers me when I'm working out. I'm a professional ballet dancer and it doesn't affect my work. Mostly at rest do I feel the sensation. Really would like to get to the bottom of this. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you                                                                 
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   I am
Doctor :   Let me read your query
User :   25 year old female no history of health problems
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   So when was the last time you visited a doctor for this issue?
User :   i haven't seen a doctor for it
Doctor :   Ok
User :   i had the problem a few years ago and it went away
User :   i thought it was just from my neck being out of line or something, but it's turning into something really annoying
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   right sided chest pain, and not radiating to the left side or center right?
User :   not really
User :   it usually stays in one spot
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   If you press it, does it hurt?
User :   no breathing problems
Doctor :   ok
User :   it has hurt when i pressed on my sternum, but not consistently
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   May I know your height and weight?
User :   pressing usually doesn;t affect it
User :   i'm 5'11"
User :   150
User :   very active
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   I take it in pounds right?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Fine
Doctor :   So this type of pain
Doctor :   could be due to
Doctor :   1.Gastric isssue
Doctor :   2.Stress related
Doctor :   3.Muscular pains
User :   definitely think stress or muscular
User :   what about shingles?
Doctor :   It shall not be so chronic
User :   yes, that's what i thought
Doctor :   True
User :   how can stress cause nerve pain?
User :   it feels like nerves, or tiny muscles
Doctor :   It causes muscular spasms
Doctor :   and thats why it causes such pain
Doctor :   such spasms are more in certain areas
Doctor :   and not throughout the body
User :   is there a certain area on my back or shoulder that could be the trigger point for the chest wall nerve pain?
User :   i can try to get acupunture or massgae that area
Doctor :   Yes, there are such trigger points
Doctor :   different for different individuals
User :   ok
User :   thanks
Doctor :   Relaxation therapy is quite sufficient
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