I am diagnosed with Costochondritis and I get very bad chest pains, with pains in my upper ribs, upper back, arms shoulders, neck, and up to my jaw. Everything came out normal EKG, bloodwork, chest x-ray, etc. I am on pain medications that are not working. I will be getting a cortisone injection in my chest eventually. I have Costochondritis for almost 2 months now.
I also had 5 episodes of trouble breathing and pressure in my chest. In fact, I woke up at 2 in the morning on Thursday and I had trouble breathing. My question is even though that it is Costochondritis, how do I know the episodes I am having are not from a heart attack?
I also get rapid heart beats with my Costochondritis. I also have trouble breathing and tightness in my chest at times. Should I go to the hospital?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.