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Neck pain and chest pain?

sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:46 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi. I just wonder if any of you have/had this problem. I hurt from my neck, down my shoulder, left arm and hand and in my upper left chest. This isn't new pain but it is worse in my chest than normal. It's raining here today so maybe that's why it's a very painful day for me. I hope you're all having the best possible day.



  • I am fortunate that I don't get any chest pain associated with the neck, shoulder, arm and hand pain. I do get chest wall stimulation from my SCS if I have it set a certain way, but I can control that.

    Have you seen your doc for this?

    It rained the last two days here and is overcast now. Other than that it is a good day so far. Gotta take our oldest in for his shots today. Had his nails ground down yesterday so I'm sure he'll just be thrilled to go for another outing today.

    Hope you have a decent day. Don't put off asking your doc about the chest pain.

  • I didn't have any chest pains when my issues were to the right, but since I've re-herniated, certain head positions give me pain all the way down to the hand, and for chest now if this helps? Mine has been basically located at the upper left side of the top of my breast. No breathing issues. When my issues were to the right, my NS was very surprised given my symptoms that I didn't have some pain in the chest area! Hope that helps!! *HUGZ*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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  • When i had neck problems before my surgery i was at the hospital having my heart tested for a heart attack.I went to my doctors office because of the pain in my chest and he took my blood pressure and it was high,he was concerned i was having a heart attack so he sent me to the hospital and a specialist was called in and he did all his tests took all day long.I was so tired by the time he was finished and he finally said he didn't know what the problem was. For days after every time i was get up and move around the pain would come back,i had my doctors office calling me every day to check on me because they were concerned.It finally went away but it did come back now and again and i'm positive it was coming from my neck because as my neck continued to get worse i would wake up in the middle of the night gasping for breathe,i would stop breathing whenever i would lay flat.It got to the point where i had to sleep sitting up before i had my surgery.
  • I have chest pain from my neck pain. Just as Tammyc, I've went through many test for a year to find out that it's cervical degernative disc disease. I've been to an ENT, Orthopedics, Cardiologist, Endocrinologist, a new Primary and Neurologist. If my old primary would have listened to me instead of brushing me off, I wouldn't have had all these Dr's. But I had to take matters in my own hands in order to find out what was going on with me. Because of the pain in my chest, I was started to have anxiety and depression. I was told that neck pain can cause headaches, blurry vision, hoarseness, back,chest,arm, and hand pain.
  • What you are feeling might be from the upper thoracic. My T1/2 problems radiate through my upper back, collar bone area, down my arm. The thoracic vertebra are attached to the ribs and the collar bone so if you have issues in this area it will cause pain in the rib cage.

    For me it is worse when I lift something heavy or twist the wrong way. Most of the time it is just a dull ache.

    You really need to speak with your doctor to make sure it isn't heart related. But keep in mind the upper thoracic, this is an area that many doctor ignor.
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  • Hi, just wanted to say I can relate. I have had neck pain, shoulder pain, arm pain and some chest pain, and they have come from muscle spasms. That is my personal experience and may be totally unrelated to yours though. I would definitely suggest seeing a medical professional as others have suggested if you haven't already.

  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    I think it's the muscles causing this. I hope and pray that after surgery on my neck these muscles will calm down and behave themselves. They've been tight for so long I wonder when or if they'll relax??
    Keep your fingers crossed for me ok?

    Thank you all for your help and suggestions.
  • Fingers crossed and prayers and positive thoughts for you and hope your surgery and recovery gets you relief finally. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Immediately after my ACDF, all my arm symptoms were gone. However, during recovery, it took a long time for the muscle spasms to go away (in my case they never did, but I have additional cervical issues), but they should go away eventually. Another common recovery issue is pain at the base of the neck.

    At my first post-op, I talked with my surgeon about my continued muscle spasms and deep, aching pain at the base of my neck and he actually ran his hand on the places that he would expect me to have pain and spasms. He said it's very common as you heal.

    So, if you continue to have these issues after surgery, try not to worry. It takes a while for everything to settle down, but it does eventually.

    Take care, my friend.
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    I appreciate you both always being a big help to me. I'm sure I'll be very impatient and frustrated after surgery so look out! hehe. I'm not a good patient...it kills me to not be able to do everything. This is one time though that I have every intention of following Dr's orders. I know you'll keep me in line :D

    Gotta go, trying to get everything done inside and out before Monday. I'm beginning to wonder if I'll make it. Whew!

    Hope you're both having a good day.
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