Hi there, This is Dr Basu, Experienced Specialist. I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.
I understand your frustration.
The symptoms youdescribed can be caused by the heart problem typically.
At your age, pericarditis or inflammation of the outer heart membrane is a possibility.
This can be caused by the viral infection or autoimmune reaction.
Another possibility can be due to the heart failure from thyroid condition--although that is less likely given you do not have any significant shortness of breath with activities.
I had pericarditis when my hashimotos first started, but never had this pain. I am very tired most of the time, though not breathless. I guess that there's nothing they would do for the pericarditis?
However, you do deserve a ECG, heart check and some blood tests to check cardia makers ( troponin and CK levels).
Also a echocardiogram should be ordered
these work ups can be done in your local hospital as well.
Pericarditis can be treated with indomethacine.
also there is a likelihood of heart failure given your tiredness.
that should be checked out.
My chest pains are dramatically worsened after taking b-vits, b12 or co-enzyme q10. I am being checked for a tapeworm infection after finding a tapeworm looking segment in my stools (I lived on a riding school for years and have dogs at home and grow own veg). Is any of this relevant?
The supplements improve my energy levels but within 24 hours guaranteed they cause worsening of chest pain. The chest pain will get stronger for the duration of time I take the supplements and only reduces again about 2-3 days after discontinuing supplements. I can guarantee this will happen. The chest pain is worse when I'm rushing around and have higher adrenaline levels.
My sister was diagnosed with lupus and my white cell volume comes up just below reference range, would this need looking into further? I also had severe pre-eclampsia with a twin pregnancy with kidney and liver involvement. I know have protein in urine, but the GP says without symptoms of uti he doesn't think they're of any consequence
My total white blood count is low 3.8X10^9/L (ref 4.5-11)
CRP was <5mg/L. Does this discount lupus?
CRP was taken last year, not had it re-checked since I've had chest pains. It's always usually elevated.
I also get the tiny broken capillaries all over like pin prick red dots, particularly on arms, but now appearing on chest and stomach.
I just don't know how to approach this with GPs, I feel like a hypochondriac and don't like going.
I never had proteinuria prior to pregnancy, but now gp just says its prob just mucus - so why did no protein ever show prior to pre-eclampsia, should I push for any additional kidney tests, is lasting kidney damage likely?
I had epidural during labour with twins, then spinal block (failed) then general anaesthetic. I had 1l blood loss, then had severe hypertension. They put me on 3 different BP meds to get BP down, but all of a sudden my heart just started going at 200bpm and felt like my whole body was shaking with the force of the contractions, it took 15minutes for this to settle, but my chest ached for days afterwards. Is there any chance this could have damaged my heart??
I am so sorry, but I'm trying to get all my 'unusual' queries out of the way. I am well aware it makes me look very strange asking these things!
I work in a high radon area and also have 10m of granite worktops in my kitchen at home. I have had more dental xrays than I can remember. Is it possible to reach a certain level of radiation (a threshold that your body can handle) and this cause pericariditis/chest pain/mitochondrial dysfunction? I always feel very drained and get a horrendous headache and nausea whenever I visit large buildings like hospitals, shopping centres etc. I do not suffer from anxiety, or any issues with busy places. I also never get headaches other than if I spend any length of time here. I had to turn down a job within hospitals as they make me feel so ill. I could never really understand it, just thought it must be something like lighting. I appreciate it sounds wacky and apologise once again! I just need to know if this is something that is possible.
Thanks for bearing with me. Just one last question, is there any testing available for radiation that the body is carrying internally. I think there must be some sensitivity to radiation for me, as airplane travel, hospitals,etc make me feel so ill (just completely wiped with headaches and sickness). I can do long car journeys with no problems and regularly have lack of sleep with my children, with only the usual lack of sleep tiredness the following day. My mum smoked throughout the pregnancy and also travelled to America from the UK in the early stages of my pregnancy. I was exposed to second hand smoke from childminders every day and then the multiple xrays on other things including kidneys, 12+ dental xrays, 2 chest xrays and and MRI scan. Now working in this high radon area, I don't know if this is contributing to my tiredness and other symptoms. Can we reach a level that our bodies won't tolerate any further exposure to slightly elevated radiation without displaying symptoms. Thanks again for being so patient!