For the last year or so, I have been experiencing occasional pain in my upper chest that can be best described as a jolt or shock (or even a spasm). When I first started getting this sensation, I thought nothing of it, as I would get it once a month or once every other month. Now, I have begun to get the sensation more frequently (at least once a week and sometimes several times a day) and I have started to worry that it may be something more severe. There is no warning for the sensation -- it comes at the most random moments and really shakes me up.
I saw my PCP and a cardiologist and they ran all kinds of tests on me (including EKGs, X-rays, stress tests, etc.) They told me that my chest pain was not cardiac-related and that it could be GERD or anxiety-related (although, I've had acid reflux before (after a night of drinking) and the pain did not feel like acid reflux). My doctor prescribed me Xanax, Prilosec and Ibuprofen, but nothing seems to be working.
I am a 32 year old male, 5'11" weighing 250 pounds (I have gained 30 pounds in the last 4 years due to poor diet and heavy alcohol abuse). I have stopped drinking, started eating healthy, and now exercise regularly, but I continue to get these sensations.
Has anyone experienced these symptoms before? I am desperate for answers.