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Sharp chest pain
mommyin2011 posted:


I need some advise please.

I have been these sharp chest pain. It feels like a knife is stabbing me from inside. The pain is on my left side (where my heart is). Its so bad, that I cant even take a deep breath. It scares me...what could this be??? I have actually had this pain for quite awhile. Im need to make an appt to see the doctor. Should I see a cardiologist or a family doctor?

A background on me: Just turned 31, I have 2 babies. an 8 month old and a 20 month old (11 months apart), I have a very stressful marriage / life.
billh99 responded:
I would start with the family doctor.
cardiostarusa1 responded:

"It scares me"

No doubt.

"What could this be???"

The cause of a symptom or symptoms can not be truly determined via the Internet (which has serious limitations/restrictions).

In general-only here, chest pain, stationary or radiating elsewhere, with or without accompanying symptoms, has various causes, cardiac and non-cardiac, which includes, but not limited to, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, and psychological/psychogenic.

Additionally, of the different types/kinds of heart conditions, 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.

"I have a very stressful marriage / life.".

Stress can cause various symptoms, even wreaking havoc on the entire body.

"Should I see a cardiologist or a family doctor? "

To start, a family doctor/general practitioner should be sufficient, as he/she can authorize diagnostic tests to confirm or rule out problems/conditions such as those involving the heart and lungs, and as applicable, refer the patient to the appropriate specialist.

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

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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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