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    Sharp quick pain below left breast
    manda_mae posted:
    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 much!
    CardiostarUSA1 responded:

    "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.

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    James_Beckerman_MD responded:
    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.
    CuriousCookie16 responded:
    I have the same problem and I am very worried cause it is getting worse each day and I am only 16 yrs old 5'11/2 and I am 128 lbs please help
    informermaster2013 replied to James_Beckerman_MD's response:
    Hi, see this:


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