I doubt this is the right forum topic to post to, but I didn't know where else to put it.
Recently I have been having these sharp pains under my left breast. It feels like an organ is pushing to get out through my ribs and then it feels like my ribs pinch that organ to show it who's boss (obviously that is not what is happening, but that's what it feels like). It only lasts a few seconds and then it is gone, but it leaves me with a dull discomfort for a few hours. It has happened once or twice a day for the last few days. It used to happen back in my early years of high school and then it went away until now.
I am in grad school, so there crazy stress all over the place, but that isn't really different than anyone else's life. I am 24, so relatively young. I'm 5'10" and 130, but I don't exactly eat the healthiest all the time and I spend more time in the library than the gym (blame that grad school part).
I guess I am just wondering if I should get this checked, or if I can ignore it.
Thanks for your Reply!
"Wondering if I should get this checked"
Yes, of course.
Chest/thoracic area symptoms, which includes discomfort, pain, pressure or tightness, stationary or radiating elsewhere, with or without accompanying symptoms, has various causes, cardiac and non-cardiac, which includes, but is not limited to, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, and psychological/psychogenic.
Additionally, of the different kinds/types of heart conditions, some which may/can occur at ANY AGE, various symptoms may/can be acute (occurring suddenly), be chronic (occurring over a long period of time), come and go (be transient, fleeting or episodic) or even be silent.
ALWAYS be proactive in your health care and treatment. Most important, communicate/interact well with your doctors. Best of luck down the road of life. Live long and prosper.
The chest contains many muscles, bones, tendons, and cartilage and strains or sprains to any of these may/can can cause chest pain. Chest pain associated with musculoskeletal injury is typically sharp and confined to a specific area of the chest.
The pain may/can be brought on by movement of the chest and/or arms into certain positions, and often is relieved by changing position.
The pain may/can be triggered off by pushing on part of the chest and often become worse when taking a deep breath. Though the pain typically last only seconds, it may/can also persist for days or longer.
If/when chest pain increases when you press your finger on the painful site, or if you can pinpoint the spot that hurts, it is most likely chest wall-related pain, which may/can be caused by strained muscles or ligaments or even by a fractured rib.
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Thanks for your Reply!
The good news is that as a 24 year old without obesity, who is generally healthy, you are at low risk for having heart disease.
Chest pain can have many causes, some of which are cardiac. Some of the most common cardiac causes in young people are palpitations (the sensation of one's heart beating), that can occur from abnormal heart rhythms or sometimes just the occasional premature heart beat.
I always recommend that people get their symptoms checked out. You can learn more about what's going on, and it's often reassuring as well. Take care.
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