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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.

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Chest pain

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Chest pain

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

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Chest pain

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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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Heart Disease TYPES

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http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/heart-disease-men


Heart Disease SYMPTOMS


http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/guide/heart-disease-symptoms

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Heart Disease

Definitions. Symptoms. Causes. Risk factors. Complications. Tests and diagnosis. Prevention.....

Heart disease is a broad term used to describe a range of diseases that affect your heart, and in some cases, your blood vessels......

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-disease/DS01120


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