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#1 of 17 Old 06-10-2009, 09:38 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My chest has hurt lately, and it's a little hard to breathe. I am having numbness in both my arms (they are tingling like they are asleep) any clue?

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Doesn't seem the same as my post, but the both arms numb and tingling was enough for me to put the link to a thread I started a few days ago about my brother. Various ideas were put forth based on the symptoms I listed.

http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1095473

In addition to this, try going to this site to help figure it out. You can type in symptoms and look at a list of things it "could" be to help narrow it down.

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Personally, I'd go to a doctor and make sure you don't have clogged arteries. It could be pinched nerves, but with trouble breathing, it sounds more complicated.

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clogged arteries sounds pretty unlikely-- I'm a 22 year old vegetarian and I weigh about 110 lbs.

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I would go to the Chiropractor if I had those symptoms. Mid back subluxations can present with those symptoms. Mid back subluxations are very common in breastfeeding women due to the 'postures' one needs to repeatedly put their body into to feed a child.
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It sounds like symptoms of anxiety/panic attack to me.
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I would go to the Chiropractor if I had those symptoms. Mid back subluxations can present with those symptoms. Mid back subluxations are very common in breastfeeding women due to the 'postures' one needs to repeatedly put their body into to feed a child.
That sounds entirely possible. I will see my chiro.

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It could probably be several things; two come to mind. Carpal tunnel syndrome can actually make your shoulders feel numb, especially at night. That was my mom's primary symptom.

And not to alarm you but I have multiple sclerosis and mild numbness/tingling was my first symptom. (I had a slight tingling and numbness in my thumb, which spread to my arm and chest area.)

I went to a general practitioner who scheduled an MRI of my neck to see if I had a pinched nerve and lo and behold there was a lesion on my cervical cord. From there I was referred to a neurologist who did an MRI of my brain, too. It was clean. A year later, however, when I went for a follow-up MRI, they saw a couple in my brain so I got the MS diagnosis. So far, though, I've not had another full blown relapse, just intermittent symptoms. It has been 4 years so I have my fingers crossed that I won't progress quickly. I've also corrected my Vitamin D deficiency. Now is a good time to get your Vitamin D levels checked. I'm 100% convinced being severely deficient is what set me up for MS.

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I hope it's not MS, since my husband has MS! That'd be pretty crazy!

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Oooh! That would be crazy. I've read about a few couples that both ended up having it and it seemed surreal to me. My DH had some numbness and tingling a few times and we've always had the same 'That'd be crazy!' thought too!

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My friend was told last month that he has a tumor on his pituitary and he had described those symptoms.Last summer they were telling him it was just panic attacks since his wife had just deployed and he was home with twin 2 year old girls.It's good that you are gathering info to have some direction in your diagnosis.

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Well the first thing that comes to mind is costochondritis-an inflammation in the cartilage that connects your ribs. It can cause chest pain and pressure that can also go into your arms. Since you are a vegetarian anemia can definitely be a possibilty as well as a B12 deficiency.
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It could also be Thoracic Outlet Syndrome where muscles can compress nerves and blood vessels causing those symptoms. It's fairly common and if not advanced can be easily remedied with stretching and massage therapy.

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Well the first thing that comes to mind is costochondritis-an inflammation in the cartilage that connects your ribs. It can cause chest pain and pressure that can also go into your arms. Since you are a vegetarian anemia can definitely be a possibilty as well as a B12 deficiency.
I have had costochondritis before, so I know how that feels, this isn't it.

Also, I take sublingual B12, and have recently had my iron checked and am not anemic.

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I do have panic attacks an anxiety problems, but this seems to occur when I am not feeling particularly stressed, or panicked at all.

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It could also be Thoracic Outlet Syndrome where muscles can compress nerves and blood vessels causing those symptoms. It's fairly common and if not advanced can be easily remedied with stretching and massage therapy.
Interesting, I have never heard of that!

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I'd hit the chiropractor first. I get wierd stuff like that whenever my back is out (whether I realize it's out somewhere or not). Numbness is most often caused by something restricting the nerve in some way, and the most common reason would be that something's out of whack a bit. If that did no good then I'd pursue it further.
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