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Forum Name: Chest symptoms

Question: Severe upper chest pain

 jimmys - Wed Nov 02, 2005 11:08 am

Ive been having pain in my upper chest anywhere from the left side to the right but mainly in the center of my chest. Its now leading to headaches and has been occuring for years off and on but almost constant for the past 4 days or so. One doctor thought it was an esopagial spasm but my upper gii came back negative. Gallstones seem to fit the symptoms more. It also causes me to sweat when its bad such as now. Please help, its scaring me now. Thank you
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Fri Jul 07, 2006 9:23 am

User avatar Dear jimmys,
Chest pain is a common symptom for spastic esophageal motility disorders. The character of this pain is expressed by many like that of myocardial ischemia, or as chest tightness or lump in the throat. The pain is intermittent, but in many cases is aggravated by cold drinks and stress.
Sometimes headache occurs as a result of spasm in the neck or upper chest (e.g. pharyngeal, and esophageal spasm), the so called cervicogenic headache. This type of headache is felt at the base of the skull and radiates downwards with characters similar to migraine. and is sometimes associated with numbness over neck, lips, shoulders, and the upper chest.

Some medications to treat esophageal motility disorders 8spasm ) are by themselves the cause of the headache.
You have to discuss all of your symptoms and the medications You are receiving with your doctor. By complete history, physical examination, he can recommend the proper investigations to reach the correct diagnosis.
Best regards,

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