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#268965 - 10/20/14 09:19 AM Pain Through Chest
wrensnest Offline
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Registered: 10/15/14
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Hi all,

I'm new here. I suppose I am in search of finding those with similar issues. Someone to talk to. I find many people just don't understand the discomfort and the disease.

I am 31 diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis about 10 years ago. The discomfort began in my SI joints but now I am in constant frustrating discomfort in my upper back thoracic spine region. My shoulder right by my shoulder blade in particular these days. I get this crushing/stabbing/hard to describe pain that goes right through my chest from my mid-back to my sternum. Has anyone had this experience? Does anyone have suggestions on how they have been dealing with the discomfort.

Currently on MTX 25mg/wk, Naproxen 500mg BI, Tylenol #1 as needed, massage once a month and Chiro twice a month.

Thanks in Advance.

WN

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#269054 - 10/26/14 11:35 AM Re: Pain Through Chest [Re: wrensnest]
WhiteCell Offline
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Registered: 05/31/10
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Loc: Whidbey Island WA
Yes to your questions. Do your currently see a Rheumatologist?
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Since 18 years old - began as Reiter's Syndrome. Diagnosed with Ank Spon 2001. Remicade since 2002 - 5mg/kg every 7 weeks. 8 hour Tylenol and hot tubs for pain.

Severe Right Eye Glaucoma-
Trabeculectomy/lens replacement 2006.
DSEK Cornea Transplant October, 2009.
Ahmed Shunt June, 2016.
DSEK Cornea Transplant, November, 2016.

Supra Ventricular Tachycardia. 2004.
Cured by RF ablation 2006.
Cardizem 240 CD.

ICU RN Seattle, WA

~Grasp The Challenge and Succeed~

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#269157 - 11/03/14 12:05 PM Re: Pain Through Chest [Re: wrensnest]
wrensnest Offline
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Yes I do. Have been every 6 months since I was diagnosed. It has become terribly uncomfortable and will be mentioning it at my next appointment next month. My chiro didn't seem to provide any sort of insight or seemed all that concerned.

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#269158 - 11/03/14 05:56 PM Re: Pain Through Chest [Re: wrensnest]
WhiteCell Offline
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In times of low pain are you able to stretch that area and mobilize it some to relieve the tightness? Does anything work to relieve the pain?
_________________________
Since 18 years old - began as Reiter's Syndrome. Diagnosed with Ank Spon 2001. Remicade since 2002 - 5mg/kg every 7 weeks. 8 hour Tylenol and hot tubs for pain.

Severe Right Eye Glaucoma-
Trabeculectomy/lens replacement 2006.
DSEK Cornea Transplant October, 2009.
Ahmed Shunt June, 2016.
DSEK Cornea Transplant, November, 2016.

Supra Ventricular Tachycardia. 2004.
Cured by RF ablation 2006.
Cardizem 240 CD.

ICU RN Seattle, WA

~Grasp The Challenge and Succeed~

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#269162 - 11/04/14 09:32 AM Re: Pain Through Chest [Re: wrensnest]
wrensnest Offline
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Very Rarely does stretching or mobilization relieve it. I get the sense that if I can move the right way it will dissipate the pain but I can never seem to accomplish that nor with the help of my partner.

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#269163 - 11/04/14 09:41 AM Re: Pain Through Chest [Re: wrensnest]
WhiteCell Offline
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I used to experience this type of deep pain in my sternum prior to being on Remicade. It would come and go. That said I would ask for a CT to determine if there is any abnormality which would explain the pain. If not, I would ask your MD if the medications (biologics) would be appropriate and if so would begin one. I remember that type of pain and it was so very hard to deal with.
_________________________
Since 18 years old - began as Reiter's Syndrome. Diagnosed with Ank Spon 2001. Remicade since 2002 - 5mg/kg every 7 weeks. 8 hour Tylenol and hot tubs for pain.

Severe Right Eye Glaucoma-
Trabeculectomy/lens replacement 2006.
DSEK Cornea Transplant October, 2009.
Ahmed Shunt June, 2016.
DSEK Cornea Transplant, November, 2016.

Supra Ventricular Tachycardia. 2004.
Cured by RF ablation 2006.
Cardizem 240 CD.

ICU RN Seattle, WA

~Grasp The Challenge and Succeed~

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#276121 - 09/22/16 08:48 PM Re: Pain Through Chest [Re: wrensnest]
Zeus Offline
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Registered: 07/29/12
Posts: 197
I have that pain if I do a lot of movement with my arms. I used to work for the number one company the delivers potato chips to grocery stores and even though they are not heavy all the repetitive movement stocking shelves would just about kill me.

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#278859 - 08/29/17 02:23 PM Re: Pain Through Chest [Re: wrensnest]
quick Offline
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Registered: 04/10/14
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I have similar pains. I'd mention to your rheumalogist. Mine suggested working more on shoulder/upper chest/upper back muscle strengthening but I still get it regardless. In regards to the sternum area pain that usually refers down from the shoulders and around from the back, I'd get checked out for a hernia or some other abnormality in the sternum area but if those are ruled out and other conditions are ruled out, it seems like no amount of stretching relives it completely.
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#278863 - 08/29/17 02:50 PM Re: Pain Through Chest [Re: wrensnest]
kenmare Offline
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Registered: 08/03/17
Posts: 4
I just posted something similar, I have AS and was just told my chest pain comes from something called Costochondritis. Please look it up to see if your symptoms fit.

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#279036 - 09/16/17 05:39 PM Re: Pain Through Chest [Re: wrensnest]
WeatherGeek Offline
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Registered: 08/02/17
Posts: 2
Loc: Binghamton, NY
Hello:
I have had severe chest pain since I was in my late teens and was told then that it was indigestion. When I think back the pain was so bad it would knock the breath out of me and I could barely breath. I endured this pain for many years as I was not properly diagnosed with AS until 2008 (I am now 55 y/o). From that time I have been properly treated so I do not endure this pain nearly as often, however, it does hit me once in a blue moon. I noted that it is more likely to occur whenever I am doing something that requires me to use my arms a great deal. Its just one of those things that makes me want a really strong cocktail.

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