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Chest Pains
KristinForari posted:
Hey Guys. And Gals. Pretty New At This. Was Surfing The Web trying To Figure Out What My Chest Pains Could Be. It Started When I Was 16. Im currently 18. female. The Pain Starts In My Left Side Of My Chest By My heart. It Sometimea Shhots to My Right And Down My Rib Cage On The Left Side. O Get Very Bad Migraines And I get DizzyValot And Shortness of Breath. Im healthy. Exercise. Eat Right. I dont Know What to Do. My Grandmother Died At Age 63 She Had Heart Disease And She Died Of A Heart Attack. My Father Has Heart Disease. It Kind Of Scares Me A Bit Because I dont Know What To Do. Ive Been To The Hospital Bexause At One Point My Left Arm went Numb. Please Help!!
cardiostarusa1 responded:

"I've been to the hospital because at one point my left arm went numb."

The examination and treatment that one receives at the ER is not intended as a substitute for complete "all-around" medical care by/from the patient's regularly seen doctor(s).

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 (the so-called 'psychogenic' effect, that is, actually originating in the mind),

Also, of the various types/kinds of heart conditions, some which can occur at ANY AGE, 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.

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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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