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Thursday, April 01, 2010 scarhead, Community Member, asks

Q: Mild chest pain for 4 months..

Hello, My name is Derek, I'm 34 years old.  I have noticed for the last 3 or 4 months that I've had chest discomfort with occasional shooting pains in left side of chest.  First of all, I'm athletic.  I'm 6 foot 4 inches and about 235 lbs.  I have an ok diet, though its not perfect, I try to eat as well as I can.  Also, I have no history of heart problems in my family.  I work out probably 3 or 4 times a week, I never have these pains when I lift weights or run.  I sit down a lot at my job and I have a long drive home.  These pains always occur when I'm sitting, never when standing or doing something.  This is obviously very frustrating as I have been to the doctor several times and have had an EKG done and chest xrays, blood tests, everything came back good.  This is also frustrating because I still have the aches and I don't know what to do.  About the time I remember the pain started, I really thought I was dying, I was extremely nervous and I think I had a panic attack.  Since then I've noticed these pains.  I've researched these things on the web for months and I know Anxiety can be a cause of these symptoms.  I guess I just want to feel at ease that it's nothing serious, deep down I know it's not.  But there is still the "what if" factor.  Any feedback regarding this would be much appreciated. Thank you so much!

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MonicaRD, Health Pro
4/ 1/10 11:16pm

Hi scarhead,


Here is some info on panic attacks and sharp chest pain that may add to your previous research. 


Best of luck,

Monica M. Skidmore, MS, RD

scarhead, Community Member
4/ 2/10 8:19am

Hi, thank you for the info.  I also forgot to mention, that usually arm movements cause the pain as well, although very slight.  The pain is felt as a soreness, and when I move my arms a certain way I can feel this soreness.  Thanks!

JohnPly68, Community Member
12/27/12 12:37pm

I read your article about chest pain on healthcentral.com and it sounds like exactly what I've been experiencing.  What did you ever find out?  I'm in the same boat that you were in...already had an EKG and chest X-ray and they came back fine, but this pain is still here and hasnt' gotten any better.

scarhead, Community Member
12/27/12 2:26pm


Hey, Thanks for reading it. Yeah, I never did get a definitive answer as to what was causing it.  It has been quite a while since I wrote that and nothing has really changed, it is obviously easier to deal with because by now I know it isn't very serious or I wouldn't be writing this.  All kidding aside, it seemed at first I was more worried about it because I thought it was something serious, but as time has gone on, I have basically learned to live with it.  But I can say, the pains are not near as often as they seemed to be when I first wrote the article.  I did hear that sometimes severe gas can cause this, but I was never diagnosed with having any kind of disorder like that.  I also heard it could be chest wall pain, which basically is irritation of the lining around your chest area causing mild pain.  It was very scary at first, but as time has passed it doesn't bother me near as much.  I did obsess about it for several months and almost close to a year, I still think about it from time to time, but right now I work out and try to stay active and eat a decent diet.  I can also tell you that thing that triggered this whole thing was stress, I had recently switched jobs and was nervous about it and was doing a type of job where we were getting yelled at a lot and I was extremely nervous over that. I can remember the first time I had a like a panic attack, is the only way I can describe it, after that, that is when I started noticing the chest pains.


I would go get checked out and if everything is good, just try to relax and don't worry constantly about it because that's what I did and it was a lot worse when I obsessed about it.  If you ever need to talk about any of this, don't hesitate to give me a holler, it is a scary feeling and takes a while to actually stop thinking about it, but once I could control my thoughts, it wasn't near as bad.  I think I'm a nervous person by nature, I tend to bite my fingernails, which kind of perpetuates worrying.  I do my best not to, but sometimes I can't help it.  Also, researching it made me crazy, try not to do that so much.  I know it's easier said than done. 


God bless!  Hope everything is good with you. 

shehealth, Community Member
6/19/14 10:17am

Hi there. I am a physiotherapist, and have just read your post.  It is possible that you are no longer having these symptoms.  However, if you are, and if you have had all the tests to rule out a heart or a stomach problem - then it is worth visiting a physiotherapist.  The reason I mention this - is that your symptoms seem to be very much associated with movement of your arm, or your posture.  It is very possible that the pain is coming from some of the joints in your chest (where the ribs join into the sternum, or the vertabrae at the back) - it is quite common for these joints to refer a mild sharp pain into the chest area with particular movements of the body.  If this is the problem - then it will be quite easily fixed with physio mobilisation of the affected joints.  

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By scarhead, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/19/14, First Published: 04/01/10