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    • #31619
      Thomas Johnson
      Participant

      Hello all,

      Long story short, on the advice of my pulmonologist I went to the ER last Friday for a chest CT due to pain (heaviness/pressure) inside my left ribs. After 36 hours and very numerous tests, including two CTs, ECG, treadmill stress test with echocardiogram, xray, blood tests, etc., there was no diagnosis.

      This pain or pressure only presents itself when I’m lying flat, either on my back or my stomach. After 15-20 minutes, it feels like an elephant is sitting on my left side ribs! Something (gravity?) changes when I move from vertical to horizontal that triggers this acute heaviness. The CTs apparently did not show any fluid in the lungs that might be the culprit. There has been no trauma to the area.

      What are we missing? Have any of you experienced a similar problem?

      Thanks in advance for your insights!

      Tom
      74 years old
      Combined PF and Emphysema
      Diagnosed in 2020, symptoms for a few years prior
      FVC – 75%
      DLCO – 40%

    • #31621
      Christie Patient
      Moderator

      Hi Thomas, have you been screened for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)? Did doctors do an EKG when you went into the ER? Sounds more like a heart problem than a lung problem to me. I’m not a doctor so take it with a grain of salt, but that’s my guess.

    • #31626
      Thomas Johnson
      Participant

      Hi Christie,

      Yes, I had all the heart tests including ECG (EKG), Echo, treadmill, and CT. All checked out fine.

      Tom

      • #31664
        Christie Patient
        Moderator

        Huh, well I am no help then, sorry. I hope you get some answers soon. It can be scary to not know what’s going on.

    • #31650
      Theresa Skuczas
      Participant

      Hi Thomas I have that still after they put in 3 heart stent did they do test to see if you have any blockages

    • #31705
      Tony
      Participant

      Hi Thomas

      I have had an excellent GP over a period of more than 30 years.  On a number of occasions I have suffered from pains in my ribcage, even at the front side which came and went depending on my position.  I was concerned about something serious causing it but they were resolved by a tweak to a vertebrae.  Turns out a pinched nerve was causing pain at a non-obvious location.

    • #31706
      Thomas Johnson
      Participant

      Thank you all for your responses. I’ll do some more digging!

      Tom

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