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    Sharp chest pain on the left side of my rib near my heart
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    hsingh2088 posted:
    I'm 27 years old, good health, I eat a normal diet, I avoid red-meat and drink occasionally. I don't smoke, don't binge drink, and avoid sugary/fatty foods. I do drink 2 to 3 cups of coffee a day and I usually add 3 packets of sugar with creamer and coca-cola on occasion (2 or 3 times a week). \

    I have chest pain when I inhale on the left side of my rib right underneath what I think is my breast bone, which I believe is next to my heart. I am concerned about this pain because it comes and goes periodically. I am slightly concerned about this and wanted to post something on the forum to see if it's something I need to get checked out at the doctor.
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    MommyGraves responded:
    would say pleurisy? i hope that is spelled right. I would have the same problems when i was a lil younger (in my 20's); it would be so bad that it hurt to inhale, like my heart was going to rip out of my chest. look up some info on it, but apparently it is a normal thing that happens every now and then. but if it gets worse, or keeps happening, it would not hurt to see your doctor, In my opinion. good luck!
     
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    cardiostarusa1 responded:
    Hi:

    Kudos for being a non-smoker.


    "......to see if it's something I need to get checked out at the doctor."


    Medical rule of thumb, report ANY bothersome, concerning, troublesome, worrisome, worsening or new symptom(s) to a/your doctor promptly.

    In general-only here, chest/thoracic area (right, left, upper, lower, center, side) pain, 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 types/kinds of heart conditions, some which 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.

    Best of luck down the road of life. Live long and prosper.

    Take care,

    CardioStar*

    WebMD member (since 8/99)




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    Chest pain

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003079.htm

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    Chest pain

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chest-pain/DS00016

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    http://www.emedicinehealth.com/chest_pain/article_em.htm

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    Non-cardiac chest/thoracic area pain

    Musculoskeletal-related

    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.

    BCWP/TBCWP

    Benign chest wall pain/Transitory benign chest wall pain

    This pain may/can be brief or fleeting and often described as being sharp.

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