For the past two days I've been having the symptoms that I described in my title.
I've generally been pretty relaxed so I don't think it's anxiety and I'm really at a loss.
The pain in my chest alternates between stabbing, pressure and barely anything at all, it comes and goes. I tried taking paracetamol but it didn't really do much.
My mom thinks I should go get checked out by a doctor tomorrow but I thought I would check here first to see if I really need to go or whether I should just wait it out.
Thanks in advance :)
I live in Canada but I'm visiting family in England right now, and I also went to Paris for a week so I've been travelling a bit. I've also been fasting (my family is Muslim) and dehydration is very likely.
I saw a doctor just now and he told me that I should stop fasting for a week and see if the symptoms go away, if I don't improve then he's going to do some tests but he thinks it's probably a combination of dehydration and over exertion of the muscles.
Thanks so much for your time, I'll give update in a week or so to see if it's gotten better or not.
Some demographics please (e.g. Age, F/M, ethnicity). Does anything make the chest pain worse or better? Does the pain "travel" to anywhere? By dizziness do you mean lightheadedness, or is the room spinning (i.e vertigo)? Any fever or chills? Any problems lying down flat at night? Do you ever wake up from coughing at night or have history of heartburn or GERD?
So your age and ethnicity puts you at very low risk for this being a cardiac issue, but it doesn't completely rule it out. The pain fading on its own is also reassuring. The fact that you have chills completely switches my train of thought... Initially I was trying to make sure you didn't have anything that may be life threatening like a cardiac problem or pulmonary embolism (does the pain in your chest hurt more when you take a deep breath?), but now I'm thinking more of infectious cause. Everything you have described can honestly be attributed to the common cold/flu/viral infection. It is often people with the flu have myalgias (aches and pains) and yes it can occur in the chest and intercostal muscles 2/2 overuse from coughing. The rest of your symptoms can be attributed to dehydration. Have you had any recent travel? because you do have some symptoms that are slightly suspicious for tuberculosis infection. The other thing your doc may inquire is your sexual activity because medical professionals would be very wary of pregnancy in women of child-bearing age with some of your symptoms.