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Tuesday, February 03, 2009 Freda Bair, Community Member, asks

Q: burning sensation on left side of chest

When walking outside up and down hills I get a burning sensation in my chest on the left side.  It is not a pain just a burning sensation and deep breathing and coughing helps relief the sensation.  This has been happening off and on for several months.

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Martin Cane, M.D., Health Pro
2/ 4/09 4:56pm

Freda Bair,


Thanks for your question.


Because your discomfort is effort related, it raises the possibility of heart disease.  Chest discomfort due to coronary artery disease is described in many ways: burning, cramping, sharp, dull, pressing, and more.  Females tend to exhibit their symptoms in more different ways than males, sometimes making it a challenge to establish a diagnosis. 


I suggest you make an appointment with your physician for his evaluation of your symptoms.  This will include a history, an examination, and an electrocardiogram, after which your doctor will be in the best position to determine the cause of your discomfort.  He may request further testing based on his impressions.


If heart disease is ruled out, other possibilities include a gastrointestinal source such as gallbladder disease, ulcers, hiatal hernia, etc.  Your lungs are also on the list of possible causes.  Your doctor will work through these possibilities with you.  Most of the other causes are less serious than heart disease and can wait until the heart has been ruled out as the source.


So call for an appointment as soon as possible.  In the mean time, I would curtail your activity until this puzzle is sorted out.


Best wishes and feel better.


Martin Cane, M.D.

kiwana, Community Member
11/24/09 9:00pm

been experiencing burning at times pressure, SOB...coughing as well as deep breathes, taking Tylenol pm puts me to sleep when unbearable. have had countless ekg counducted during trips to the ER. heart however ruled out. there was a time suspected tests were conducted to rule out Embolus in lung. that was negative.

Am always tired, irritable is more like it.

There are also times my muscles cramp. Very discomforting. realized eating a banana counteracts such.

Then again could my avid coffee drinking, 6 or more cups be a contributing factor. i am under alot of stress, and sleeping is certainly  not a treat given to me. When i do sleep am restless.

any ideas.


Bettyshauna, Community Member
12/ 1/09 3:08pm

I am 34yrs old and I am having the same if not similar symptoms. I went into the doctor 8 days ago with pain in my chest at my middle to upper sternum area. He diagnosed me with Costochrocrondirtis. Then the pain changed and start to also burn,itch and tingle under my left breast,under my left armpit and around to my back/shoulder blade area. Back to the doctor and he then said I have shingles. I have yet to develope a rash and it has been 8 days since the pain started.

Should I be conserned about heart disease at my age?


Na Na, Community Member
1/18/10 7:53pm

the funny thing is I had similar symptoms. But as time moved on every time after I ate I would get a pain in the middle of my breast plate and the pain would pan to the right not left. It only lasted a few moments and then would go away. Then the next day after I ate the same thing and of course would go away. The third say it did not happen until two hours after lunch and then as before it went way but this time I felt pasty,I wanted to throw up and pass out at the same time. But it went away. This scared me. I worked until the end of the day (2 1/2 hr spand) and drove myself to the emergency room. They did all sorts of test and found nothing. But my ekg was slightly off not much at all to worry about. But the doctor kept me for ops. Blood work perfect ultra sound of heart perfect. But becuase of my systems when exsplained it bothered them. So my doctor did a cathorization which they shoot dye in the heart. There it was two clogged arteries. 70% in one and 75% in the other. Two stents were put in and diet change. No high coholesterol problems and no family history of heart disease.

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