• jhyewon jhyewon
    January 23, 2009
    Having chest pains, trouble breathing
    jhyewon jhyewon
    January 23, 2009

    I'm having difficulty breathing and pain in my chest, like something is ripping and stabbing it. This just started today for the first time, every breath I take my heart or lungs hurt. I have checked up at the doctors, and they told me nothing was wrong with my heart or lungs, but perhaps he wasn't a good doctor. Should I get a checkup? I don't really know what kind of checkup I should receive though.



  • Amy Tudor
    August 10, 2014
    Amy Tudor
    August 10, 2014

    Hi there, jheywon -


    I know this is an old question, but I did want someone from our staff to answer you!  I hope you've long since discovered the cause of this problem and gotten some treatment for it. Any time you have sudden onset chest pain like that, you should go to the ER immediately, particularly if it's also interfering with your ability to breathe like that. If the doctor said your heart was fine, then it sounds to me like you may have had costochondrititis, an inflammation in the tissue around the breastbone that can be quite painful. I'm only a layperson though, and only a doctor can accurately diagnose the issue after an exam.


    If you did find out what was causing the symptoms and got treatment for it, perhaps you'd consider coming back and telling us how things turned out for you? Your experience might be invaluable to someone else suffering from the symptoms.


    Here are some links that might be helpful for you in any case.  Best of luck to you!


    Heart Attack Symptoms and Warning Signs

    Stress and Heart Disease

    7 Ways Your Body Says You’re Stressed



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