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    What could be the cause of my virtually relentless chest pain?

    Perfect health until a bout of “viral pneumonia” Sept 2006 following a 10 day trip to Thailand. After hospitalization I developed chest pain that NO one can find a definitive cause for.
    For the want of a diagnosis my condition has been labelled Neuropathic !!!! ie, that MAYBE the virus has attacked the chest wall nerve endings. I am beyond not being taken seriously. The pain is real,relentless and debilitating. What can I do?
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  • Anonymous

    My previous comments covered it all. I have been investigated fully and thoroughly many times NAD I just want relief from this pain .Have NO other health issues of any sort .

  • Amy MacLaine

    Exercise Physiologist

    Full-time Accredited Exercise Physiologist at Body Dynamics Illawarra (Bulli). Body Dynamics Illawarra is a small gym-based Exercise Physiology clinic established by Jennifer and Alan Wilkie … View Profile

    Chronic pain is pain that you have experienced for more than 6 months with or without a definitive physiological reason. After that particular area in the brain has been stimulated over that period of time - it becomes extremely sensitve. This means that your ‘threshold’ to pain in a specfic area (ie chest for you) maybe be lowered due to the fact that your the area of the brain that  brain may interpret ‘normal’ signals as ‘danger’ signals which = pain reponse. It also starts to break the rules in regard to pain must mean an injury or problem. This isnt to say you are not feeling physcial pain.

    Certain factors can contribute to chronic pain or  ‘lower pain threshold in a certain area’. These include; fear and anxiety in regard to the pain you are feeling, low levels of physical activity, past psychological issues or depression and low emotional support. Again, this isnt to say that without these things you cannot feel chronic pain. Look up ‘ Explain Pain’ - it is a fantastic book that explains it an a way that is easy to understand and relate to.

    I would suggest seeking advice from a Pain Managment specialist or clinic. These clinics often have many disciplines working together in an attempt to help you deal with your daily pain and address other ‘risk factors’ of chronic pain. Its hard, but it is important to shift your thinking from ‘fixing the pain’ to ‘coping with the pain’. Better coping mechanisms and education in chronic pain patients generally improve pain levels and increases function.

    I hope this helps and possibly broadens your outlook.

  • Josephine Perry

    Bowen Therapist

    Josephine is a fully qualified Bowen Therapist, with full insurance cover and Association membership. Rebates provided by most health funds, according to levels of cover.Practice … View Profile

    Bowen Therapists do not diagnose conditions.  However, the modality, which consists of gentle moves over specific muscle groups, addresses the stored memory of trauma in the fascia layer.  It may be worth seeking treatment from a fully qualified Bowen Therapist in your area.  I hope you find relief.

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