I’ve had extreme pain in my upper torso—front to back. The pain can be hard and steady with added sharp shooting pains in my ribs, or it can settle down to be less distressing. I called the nurse first thing Monday morning and she told me to go to the ER because “you are having signs of a heart attack”. So, I went to the ER. My BP was elevated but EKG was ok. Triptonin level normal, D-dimer slightly elevated. Because of the D-dimer being above normal, they did a CT of my chest, which showed no blood clots in my lungs. They sent me home with a diagnosis of “pleurisy and a flu-like virus”. I have no fever or other typical flu symptoms.
I started thinking maybe this is really bad heartburn, so I took Pepcid yesterday. So far that hasn’t helped. This is day 4 and I’m worried there’s something serious going on in my body! I’ve never had anything like this…
I’ve read about costochondroitis and I do have pain in my breastbone and front of my chest. It hurts more when I cough, sneeze, hiccup, etc, But, there’s terrible pain in my back and my sides, too. I can’t tell for sure if it’s muscular skeletal or what???
Has anybody had a viral or bacterial infection that attacked their body this way??? I’m holding off taking my Enbrel this week just to be safe. I’ve been with a lot of sick family recently, and wondering if I caught something that isn’t manifesting itself with the usual symptoms.
I’d appreciate anybody’s thoughts before I call my doctor again.