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Q: sharp stabbing pain left side of breast hurts to take deep breaths

this pain comes out of no where. Has only happened a few times that I can remember. It is a stabbing pain on my side under left breast like near my rib cage. A deep breath makes it hurt more, so I take short breaths. I lift my left breast up or away from that side of my body, to try and make it feel better. It can last 5-10-30 min. Then it is gone like nothing happened. I may be sore on that side, it is like a really bad muscle spasm in my chest. Prior to it happening I just finished a small bowl of spicy soup & 1/2 of a taco.  Can you get gas in your chest or back? Anyone with any ideas I'd appreciate it. When it happens I can't do anything till it passes, I just try and find a position to stay in. Last night was a really long one over an hour or so. Now I am paying real attention to what may make this happen. My ekg seemed normal.

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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
6/22/09 12:39pm

Hi Sps,

 

I recommend you consult your physician for an evaluation and to discuss the symptoms you are experiencing.  Here is information on signs and symptoms of a heart attack you may want to review:

 

www.healthcentral.com/heart.../patient-guide-44510-6.html

 

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

Be Heart Healthy and Lose Weight

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sps, Community Member
6/22/09 3:18pm

thanks, I did go to the er that night, they did an ekg. I reviewed the signs of heart attack, thanks. Obviously not what I wanted to hear, who does, I am seeing my Dr. on another matter I will tell him what happened. Thanks again.

sps

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Clint, Community Member
10/ 8/10 8:57am

My name is clint, last night I attended the ER in result to the stabbing pain in the middle of my chest it is closer to my left breast. On a scale 1-10 its a 8 it comes and goes feels as if something is stabbing my lungs or heart. EKG was normal also was X-ray docs said they could not find anything abnormal...but the medic lady in the ambulance said sometimes peoples sternium is not growing with lungs and heart causing pressure on lungs or heart yet  I am only 17 so I still have time to grow. Also I was reading stress can cause this, I have had alot of stress in my life but I dont beleive that is it. This really concerns me at times b/c it brings me to my knees in dier pain.last night it lasted for a half hour longest it has ever lasted.I think they could have done better tests to find out more but they did not.I have broke both legs and the pain was not nearly as bad as this I dont know what to do but live with it if it affects my carrear in the navy I will be really upset.Physican no if the docs cant find anything they wont either I give up i am sick of all the dead leads.I rather have my chest cut open than live with this pain...please help me it really pisses me off the doctors say Idk we cant help you live with it! I thought it was their job to fix health problems I live in chelsea Mi thanks for your help.Clint

 

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Nancy, Community Member
10/11/10 12:28pm

Clint, you probably won't get an answer to this problem.  I had it when I was younger, enough times to remember them at the age of 60.  Had all but forgotten them and then out the blue it hit me in the exact same manner and spot as you, just a few minutes ago.  I'm in pain right now, but it seems to gradually go away.  I was googling for answers and found this site.  I think is it some kind of gas pain that gets trapped in the area around the left side of the ribs.  If it happens often, I'd be concerned.  But, like I said, I'm 60 now and have survived.  Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Nancy

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don.in.indiana, Community Member
2/ 7/11 9:16am

im 36 and have had these pain for 20 years now.im in pain now as mine last for a week or longer at a time i cant brethe deep or lay on my left side.seen every doctor possible for chest pain and all says its good and you will grow out of it.20 years later ive not grown out of it.sometimes its one of those things you have to live with..don in indiana

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Deb, Community Member
3/ 7/11 1:12am

Hi, my daughter is almost 12 with a recent diagnosis of Crohn's disease, and she has been experiencing a weeklong bout of stabbing left rib area pain when trying to breathe, it started with left shoulder pain, while the rib pain is subsiding, the shoulder pain is not.  She has had a bit of this in the recent past but not as severe or long-lasting. The ER doc thought it could be pleurisy, but her gastroenterologist isn't convinced, though she hasn't been able to see him due to children's hosp. busy schedule. I don't buy it could be a gas "bubble", as it starts and ends with the shoulder pain.  My question to you is, do you have left shoulder pain with your symptoms as well?

Thank you in advance for your reply

Washington State

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Roselyn, Community Member
3/26/11 2:19am

Hi Deb.  I would recommend that your daughter take probiotics for the Chrohn's Disease.  I read about a college student named Jordan Rubin with a severe case of this disease.  His dad researched it and started giving him a good probiotic and he got better, changed his major, and became a doctor.  The more different kinds of good bacteria it has, the better it is.  It replaces the bad bacteria in your intestines with good, beneficial bacteria.  I hope this helps and your daughter gets better soon.

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Roselyn, Community Member
3/26/11 2:19am

Hi Deb.  I would recommend that your daughter take probiotics for the Chrohn's Disease.  I read about a college student named Jordan Rubin with a severe case of this disease.  His dad researched it and started giving him a good probiotic and he got better, changed his major, and became a doctor.  The more different kinds of good bacteria it has, the better it is.  It replaces the bad bacteria in your intestines with good, beneficial bacteria.  I hope this helps and your daughter gets better soon.

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concerned, Community Member
10/28/11 5:03pm

constipation is the culprit along w/ irritable bowel syndrom,after you have bowel movement it should substain

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mrsbrooks27, Community Member
3/10/11 11:19pm

I believe you are correct about it may be gas. I am 27 years old and I have experienced this same exact pain for 7 years.  It was becoming more frequent and 
I decided to go to the ER... each time I went i found out that it was nothing. EKG's Xrays, nothing could pinpoint a problem. So last night it came up and I paid attention to it. It was like it was traveling the pain that is. That's when I said hey thats the same type of pain I have in my stomach when I have gas.  It still frightens me and sometimes I find myself fighting mild panic attacks.  I just pray and give it to God. 

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Stagemom, Community Member
6/23/11 4:34pm

Stagemom,

Amen, I'VE had this problem myself for the past week, it started with a pain on my left side, seems like my ribs, then it moved around, especially to my heart, intense pain when I laugh, sometimes yawn, eat, etc. It seems like I have a lot of gas, I keep having muscle spasms also. I put a heating pad on my chest last night over my heart, it seemed to make my chest feel better. I've taken every antacid in the book for gas, AND THEY SEEM TO MAKE IT WORST, just today I went out and bought some zantac. But only my prayers seem to make me feel better. A few months ago, I was in the hospital for chest pains, they kept me for a week, every test, ekg,stress, even the bubble test came out fine, now this. It seem to all started with my left rib hurting.   Who knows what it is? I know I do not want to be another hospitals or doctors guinea pig.....:), so, I'm just trusting Dr. Jesus. 

 

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mrsbrooks27, Community Member
6/25/11 8:11pm

Well, i went to the doctor a month later in the month of April and underwent a series of tests.  Everything of course came back great. The only thing that was out of wack was my cholesterol my hdl numbers were low.  i have to go back in july of this year to get another reading for my cholesterol.  in the mean time i have been taking mega red pills once a day.  I also have been dieting... So IDK.. I pray every night about my condition. 

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Ari, Community Member
3/17/11 1:13am

Hi Nancy,

I also experience these pains in the exact same area, I am 25 now and have been suffering on and off from these pains since I was 18. I was born with a murmur or more accurately a VSD, it was repaired but it has no relation to these pains. I have noticed it comes on in stresful periods in my life, like around exams for example. ECG and X-ray hasn't show anything wrong with my heart, all seems well but the pains are still existent. I myself google the heck out of this pain and many forums say pretty much the same thung, "they can't seem to pin point exactly waht causes it".

Glad to know I'm not the only one.

Ari ( Trinidad and Tobago. Caribbean)

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rainbow_star_sara, Community Member
9/ 2/14 6:09pm

Hi my name is Sara and i am 18 years old. I post this already as a reply to a lady on here but i am not sure if it went through. I have never used this site before but i am really glad to have found this and know i am not alone.

 

That pain you all decribe sounds exactly like what i have had for the last 7 years. It comes out of no where and usually only last a few seconds and only rare that it last longer. It is a sharp tightening pain, exspecially when i breath deep so i try to take smaller breaths. But i find if i am able to tolerate to pain and take a HUGE Deep breath (which hurts so much) it what i would say to everyone 'pops' and goes away just like that. Know ones seems to understand it when i explain like that. All my doctors all aways said it was nothing. Finally i recently had docter who decided to be safe then sorry and took an ecg and a blood test. She told their didnt seem to be anything wrong with my heart, but that i have hyperthydrosim. But i dont think the hyperthydrosim is what causes it, as the heart sypthons for that sound completly different. Also i forgot to mention when i get the pain and i am not even doing anything. I could be walking or sitting.

Can anyone give me any insight as to what it is?

It would be really appreciated :) Thank you so much :)

 

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cassiedc7, Community Member
9/20/14 8:40am

I have had the same issue... when I was young the doctors said it was costochondritis. It is an inflammation in your ribcage. Once in a while it flares up... Just take some pain reliever and pray :) God bless! 

Cass


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Jamie, Community Member
12/16/11 11:53pm

I am experiencing the same thing, and I can remember having the pain as a small child. The pain comes from no where and is almost impossible to take a deep breath. It's been just this past week where I am experiencing the pain everyday and several times a day. It just happened a few moments ago and once earlier this evening while I was driving my car...I almost drove off the road because the pain was so bad. I was diagnosed with Crohns diseas a little over five years ago and have under gone multiple surgeries, I wonder if the Crohns may have something to do with it. Your thoughts will be warmly welcomed.

 

Jamie

 

Vancouver, British Columbia

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Hi, Community Member
1/ 9/11 9:17pm

This has happened to me too. My name is Lindsay and I am 15  years old. I have been getting these weird sharp pains in my left side since I can remember. I just had this pain about 10 minutes ago and I decided to look it up to see what it could be. The only answer I got online was something called pericardial catch syndrome (PCS). All the symptoms listed match up. I was just sitting on the couch and moved quickly and the pain started. It hurt really bad to get up but I managed to get up and move over to my computer to look it up. The pain is still there right now, but it is not as bad as it was about 10 minutes ago. I am not sure if stress it related, but it is possible because I have finals this week. I have told my parents about the pain, but they say it is nothing. However, I am very worried about it because it is very painful. Glad to know there are other people out there with the same pain.

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Ari, Community Member
3/17/11 1:20am

Hi Lindsay,

I think you should still ask your parents to carry you to a doctor, just to be safe, don't panic it just makes the pains stronger.

Also sometimes we don't think its stress, but stress increases the problem. My doc also suggested PCS but these pains are often connected to such a wide variety of issues that its best to consult a professional and let them eliminate some of the issues rather than it remain a mystery.

Good Luck and God bless.

Ari

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Ravenclaw.cutie, Community Member
4/19/11 11:49am

Hey, I'm also fifteen, and mine has last well over the time limits you are putting down...I've had mine ever since 9:00 last night and it is now 9:00 AM. It hurts to breathe in deep, yawn, or move certain ways, and i've tries gasx, tums, and other gas medicines but they don't work. I took Ibprofen and the pain has dulled but it didn't go away completely. And mine doesn't feel like PCS either, it doesn't feel like a bubble bursting and no matter how many times i breathe in deeply, it doesn't go away. I was stressed before it occured, but it's never happened afterward before. I'm scared because no one else seems to have it quite like i do.

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LottaT, Community Member
7/ 1/11 8:38am

Hi Lindsay and others,

 

The correct name for PCS is Precordial Catch Syndrome (PrecOrdial, not Precardial, it has nothing to do with "cardiac", which refers to the heart). It is believed to be a localized cramping of certain muscle groups. No wonder it's painful. We all know how cramping muscles create sudden and often severe pain, we're just not used to cramps occuring in the chest, so that of course makes us scared or worried (as it may make us think it's something serious), while a cramping calf may drive us mad because of the pain, but wouldn't scare us at all.

 

I had this a lot when I was young (I'm 45 now), but still get it now and then. I found a trick to make it go away quicker though, which is also mentioned in the (very good!) article on PCS on Wikipedia, where they write: "Although deep inhalation during a PCS attack will likely cause an increase in pain, many have found that forcing themselves to breathe as deeply as possible will result in a "popping" or "ripping" sensation which quickly and completely resolves the PCS episode." I usually force myself to take a slow, but deep breath, even if the pain makes me want to breathe very shallowly. But somewhere on the way to forcing my lungs to extend maximum, I can suddenly feel the "popping" or "bursting" sensation, as if an air bubble pops, and the pain subsides and I can suddenly breathe normally again. What a relief!

 

I suggest that all here who are worried about such pains, read this article and preferably print and bring it with them to their doctor, so they possibly can get a confirmation of PCS. Knowing what it is, and that it is nothing dangerous, does make a difference for most, I'm sure. Not having to be scared when you're experiencig pain, makes it much easier to deal with for most (and nice to be able to explain to others that when you freeze up in pain and can't breathe, they don't have to get scared on your behalf, or that calling 911 isn't necessary). If you know this is it, there's no reason to race to the ER or anything like that (which for some, after all, costs a lot of money - and possibly repeatedly going through all kinds of tests for no reason!).

 

I just happen to also have some chronic disorders, one being Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, the hypermobile type (EDS affects the connective tissues). I once talked to somebody else with HEDS who also got this kind of pain, and she had been told by an MD that it in her case most likely was q recurring really, really small (and not harmful, resolving on it's own) Spontaneous Pneumothorax. And that when she experienced the "popping" sensation that made the pain go away, it actually resolved on it's own. From Wikipedia: "Pneumothorax (plural pneumothoraces) is a collection of air or gas in the pleural cavity of the chest between the lung and the chest wall". More severe cases of pneumothorax needs treatment as e.g. aspiration of the air by using a syringe or by placing a chest tube. It can occur (spontaneously) in people with no underlying disease (primary, or because of an underlying disease (secondary) and also because of injury (e.g. a blast injury to the chest). Very severe pneumothorax can be diagnosed only by physical examination, while milder cases are diagnosed by chest x-ray or a CT-scan. I guess that possible pneumothorax is one of the reasons why they will do chest x-rays/CT-scans when somebody comes in to the ER with such pain (even if it may just be PCS, which I guess they may reach as a conclusion if other plausible physical causes, as e.g. a spontaneous pneumothorax, has been excluded).

 

I wouldn't be surprised if the most common cause of such sudden "chest pain attacks", is the painful, but not harmful in any way, PCS... Muscles sure can be a pain in the..... chest!!! ;)


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iantongiorgi, Community Member
8/ 3/11 12:49am

Hi I'm 16, and I've been experiencing this pain for two days now. It first started with a muscular spasm on my left arm, running from my neck, shoulder, and elbow. I went to the ER, I live in Puerto Rico, and they injected some antiflamatories, and gave me some Naproxen every 12 hours, and hour after i went to the ER my muscular spasm went away, but the pain under my left breast wouldn't go away and it got worst, the next day, it hurted to breath deeply, yawn, bend, and lay flat on the bed, so I went to the ER again and my doctor sent me to take a EKG, blood tests and Xrays and they all came out well, my mom thought it was gas stuck in my rib cage, after some hours it hurted less, but it's still there and it doesn't go away, i'm still drinking the Naproxen, and I sleep on my right side. When I breath deeply I do feel the ''bubbles popping'' feeling but it's still there. Please help me.

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Angela56, Community Member
7/11/12 6:36pm

Hi, I am a 56 year old female, non-smoker, secretary, so I sit at a desk most of the day.  Monday, I came to work feeling fine.  At around 10:00 a.m., I felt a sudden sharp, stabbing pain on my left side, near my ribcage just under my breast.  It hurt to breathe. I went to the drug store on my break and bought a large Salonpas to put on it.  It did not help.  I started to panic, it hurt sooooo bad.  On my lunch break, I went downstairs to an urgent care clinic.  They took me immediately to a room when they saw that I was in excruciating pain.  Took my b.p. which was through the roof as I could not take a deep breath, and then ordered me to E.R.  Long story short, I took public transit to my local ER and was given every test known to mankind and they could find absolutely nothing wrong.  I kept telling them that it felt like a severely pulled/strained muscle in my side, upper left chest area, no pleuresy, no heart attack, no stroke, no infections, nothing.  Yet the spasms were so bad that I was sobbing in the hospital room.  Finally, I was given a pain med (i.v.) and some valium to relax the muscle and sent home.  I took a day off and rested and feel fine today. But I was scared out of my mind the entire time I was experiencing this unprecedented sharp pain on my left side.  Could have very well been gas.

 

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Gaviana, Community Member
8/27/12 3:35pm
I totally agree with you. I have had the same problem since I was a teenager. I am 37 now. I experience this pain every other year or sometimes go longer. Just experienced the pain about 30 mins ago while on treadmill. It went away after burping multiple times. When I lived at home with my parents, my mom always helped me get through an episode by asking me to inhale slowly at first untiI I got to the point when I could take a deep breath. I remember being really scared when I was younger because the sharp pain would get worse if I tried moving. My mother always told me that it was air/gas that got stuck. Reply
bfolse, Community Member
4/19/13 11:30pm
my name is Brittany and I am experiencing the exact same thing you have mentioned. I work out 4xs a week and also I find when I stress a lot thus happens but then again I have anxiety but as far as taking a deep breath and feeling that "bubble" pop feeling. This is exactly what I experience every now and then. Thank you so much for clearing this up:) Reply
bfolse, Community Member
4/19/13 11:35pm
thank you so much for showing this information. It feels good to not know what I experience isn't serious. I work out 4xs a week and I stress a lot so this makes a lot of sense now. I too also experience that "bubble" popping feeling. We're so use to have cramp muscle every where's else that we forget there are muscles in the chest that cramp as well, although makes us feel a little uneasy BC of where the cramping occurs. Again thank you for your feedback. britt Reply
Hi, Community Member
1/ 9/11 9:17pm

This has happened to me too. My name is Lindsay and I am 15  years old. I have been getting these weird sharp pains in my left side since I can remember. I just had this pain about 10 minutes ago and I decided to look it up to see what it could be. The only answer I got online was something called pericardial catch syndrome (PCS). All the symptoms listed match up. I was just sitting on the couch and moved quickly and the pain started. It hurt really bad to get up but I managed to get up and move over to my computer to look it up. The pain is still there right now, but it is not as bad as it was about 10 minutes ago. I am not sure if stress it related, but it is possible because I have finals this week. I have told my parents about the pain, but they say it is nothing. However, I am very worried about it because it is very painful. Glad to know there are other people out there with the same pain.

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WMaxer, Community Member
10/19/12 11:29pm

Hey Lindsay

Has ur pain stopped? Well, if not.... It was most likely muscle cramps or U probably moved, laid, lifted or lacking certian vitamins ur body needs. I had the same pain, i researched and read countless info. Which all were scary! And my doctor visits were a waste of time. Seen him for 3yrs,sending me to specialists and all these tests showed nothing wrong. So, now i starting eating healthier and jog every Saturdays. And now i lost the pain and gained a healthier "ME" email sometimes wmaxer@yahoo.com

 

Take care

 

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WMaxer, Community Member
10/19/12 11:31pm

Hey Lindsay

Has ur pain stopped? Well, if not.... It was most likely muscle cramps or U probably moved, laid, lifted or lacking certian vitamins ur body needs. I had the same pain, i researched and read countless info. Which all were scary! And my doctor visits were a waste of time. Seen him for 3yrs,sending me to specialists and all these tests showed nothing wrong. So, now i starting eating healthier and jog every Saturdays. And now i lost the pain and gained a healthier "ME" email sometimes wmaxer@yahoo.com

 

Take care

 

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corinna, Community Member
2/27/11 10:42am

Have you looked into Prinzmetal's angina? Most doctor's aren't familiar with it. And don't think to look for it.

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thesavagenurse, Community Member
2/27/11 1:43pm

Clint, hope you have gotten some answers since your post..... I suggest you research "precordial catch syndrome" (benign, unknown cause but LOTs of people have this - severe stabbing pain in left chest and worsens upon taking a breath) also, check out "mitral valve prolapse" - (degree of pain in contraversial within doctors but upon rest like lying flat it can really hurt for long period of time: studies show extreme stress worsens it). Also, pluerisy from a "pullmonary embolism" is sometimes overlooked (stabbing pain in chest)but is treatable with meds or surgery.   If they have ruled out any real heart trouble then Neither of these will kill you but they hurt alot. Hope this helps.

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thesavagenurse, Community Member
2/27/11 1:47pm

Clint, sorry; let me correct myself, the first two - precordial catch syndrome, and mitral valve prolapse doesn't kill but pulmonary embolism is possible if bad enough......just get it checked.  good luck.

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Diana, Community Member
3/31/11 1:19pm

I am a 53 year old female who has been gettin those same pains since I was about 15 ... thought I was having a heart attach - too painful to take in a breath - I used to get them several times per year but now get it about once every two years or so .... still scary!!! - the doctors can't find anything wrong with my heart and said that it's the rib-cage - I think a nerve is being pinched.

 

I usually take in a little breath until it hearts - hold that breath and after I recover from the pain (few seconds), then I take in a little more air, then a little more until I reach the threshold of pain - then I hear a pop and and instantly the nerve?? is released and the pain is gone! - very painful to get to that point - but then it's over and done with!

 

Good luck

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nickie, Community Member
6/21/11 2:56am

hi, i to get these pains  and have for prob. 10 years and i also 'pop' them so the pain only lasts for a couple seconds very painful but better then it lasting for 10-15 minutes! i havnt found a reason for this its just there but i think that mabe doctors should look into it because it seams to be a common thing.

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nickie, Community Member
6/21/11 2:56am

hi, i to get these pains  and have for prob. 10 years and i also 'pop' them so the pain only lasts for a couple seconds very painful but better then it lasting for 10-15 minutes! i havnt found a reason for this its just there but i think that mabe doctors should look into it because it seams to be a common thing.

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svaughan17, Community Member
1/ 6/14 3:27am

IT WORKS. I keep did that for the first time and it's gone. I would suggest reaching your maxiumum inhalation and holding it and slowly letting it out. I don't have any more pains after having them for ten minutes now.

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rainbow_star_sara, Community Member
9/ 2/14 6:16pm

Hi my name is Sara and i am 18 years old. Ive posted this already but i dont know if reply to others is it more likly they will see my msg? I am so glad to know i am not alone with this and any answers to what it is would be much apreciated :)

 

That pain you all decribe sounds exactly like what i have had for the last 7 years. It comes out of no where and usually only last a few seconds and only rare that it last longer. It is a sharp tightening pain, exspecially when i breath deep so i try to take smaller breaths. But i find if i am able to tolerate to pain and take a HUGE Deep breath (which hurts so much) it what i would say to everyone 'pops' and goes away just like that. Know ones seems to understand it when i explain like that. All my doctors all aways said it was nothing. Finally i recently had docter who decided to be safe then sorry and took an ecg and a blood test. She told their didnt seem to be anything wrong with my heart, but that i have hyperthydrosim. But i dont think the hyperthydrosim is what causes it, as the heart sypthons for that sound completly different. Also i forgot to mention when i get the pain and i am not even doing anything. I could be walking or sitting.

Can anyone give me any insight as to what it is?

It would be really appreciated :) Thank you so much :)

 

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Sarah, Community Member
7/19/11 12:58pm

Hi Clint, my name is Sarah I've had similar symptoms to this and it happens to me repetitively. I'll stand still until it passes but inevitably it comes and goes constantly. It feels like a stabbing pain that hurts when I breath in. When it passes it leaves more of a popping sound. If you have something similar to this than I wouldn't neccesarily look at heart disease. These sessions have happend to me numerous times a few for 30 minutes but mostly 1-5 minutes. I did some research on it and found it to be Precordial catch syndrome. Which there isn't much known about it seeing as how it comes and goes quickly so it's assumed to be a pinched nerve located on the left side seeming just under the ribs. I'm 15 and have had these problems since 6 it's nothing fatal at least from what little information is said on it. Hope this helps.

 

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Jerry G, Community Member
7/22/11 12:12am

My name is Jerry. I am 59 years old and experience this stabbing pain two are three times a week now. Started getting these pains under my left nipple and under the rib cage eighteen years ago that were made unbearable with deep breaths lasting from thirty to forty minutes. At first they were only on occasion but have become a way of life for me. It feels like a knife stabbing my heart. So many times I thought it was a heart attack and I found myself in a panic with my heart racing. I found out early on that if I were to chew and swallow six to eight tums and one gasX the pain would be gone in ten to fifteen minutes in most cases. I have had many doctor visits and my doctor does not know what it is.  When in the panic mode I would head off to the ER but these visits would yeild the same answers... doctors saying " it must be muscular or skeletal pains because your heart seems fine" after an EKG is normal. All I can say is Bull crap!!! It is not simply muscular or skeletal pains. It is something else.....some kind of trapped gas or something. I have had a Colonoscopy performed on three occasions and a Endoscopy performed on two occasions. That Doctor said each time that he only saw some redness. I am furious and ready to have my chest ripped oven to see what the heck is causing this problem. I have taken antibiotics that the doctor said were for the bacteria that causes ulcers. I have taken Parasillan to cleanse my body of possible parasites. I just want the pain to go away so I can finish my life without the stabbing pain. Anacids and Anti Gas meds help so it has to be due to acid or gas that is getting into my chest somehow. So my friend I do know exactly what you are describing and it is an awful pain to live with. I hope you have better luck than I have had thus far finding an answer to this problem.

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Katie, Community Member
11/11/11 7:48pm

Hello,

Definitely check up regularly if this ever happens again..but this really CAN BE ONLY STRESS. My friend was unable to breathe at times and felt like an "airball" in her chest, yet it was just stress - she checked two doctors and her psychiatrist. i just had the pain for like half an hour yesterday - couldnt move really, couldnt take deep breaths. after i told myself it was stress, it slooowwllly subsided. u never think its stress, but our problems can take a toll on our bodies we never dreamed. so to sum it up: def dont delay the doctor, but if nothign comes up, its quite possibly stress - something ur holding in that can actually show up in the form of chest pain or shortness of breath. 

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Debbie, Community Member
10/24/13 11:44am

It could be Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  You need an upper GI and a Colonscopy.  Which will show problems if you have something.  With Irritable Bowel Syndrome - nothing shows up abnormal.  But it is incredibley painful.

I have been given Reglan and Bentyl for the pain.  Reglan causes sleepiness and Bentyl(Dicyclomine) causes dry mouth and forgetfulness.  But it's better than the pain.  Go to the Doctor until you get a good answer.  It could be Crohns, diverticulitis, etc.

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sps, Community Member
6/22/09 3:19pm

thanks, I did go to the er that night, they did an ekg. I reviewed the signs of heart attack, thanks. Obviously not what I wanted to hear, who does, I am seeing my Dr. on another matter I will tell him what happened. Thanks again.

sps

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JUSTIN79, Community Member
9/30/10 10:09pm

I have had this as long as i can remember, i take a deep breath and it hurts like hell then its gone . I find its better to just force myself to breathe in deep and get it over with .

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JUSTIN79, Community Member
9/30/10 10:09pm

I have had this as long as i can remember, i take a deep breath and it hurts like hell then its gone . I find its better to just force myself to breathe in deep and get it over with .

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Santeria595, Community Member
10/29/10 3:33am

Hey all,

 

As we speak, I sit on the couch at 3 in the morning after (or during, hopefully not anymore) one of these 'attacks.'  Naturally, my inclinsation was to turn on ESPN and google for a bit to calm myself down.  I hope this finds somebody in my same position, because I have experienced the same thing all of you have been experiencing, and it scared me beyond believe.  I will say, i'm not a doctor, can't pretend to know what i'm talking about, so this is not by any means the definitive advice, but this has been my experience. 

 

It was eerie reading all of your responses, as the night it happened to me I remember more vividly than almost any experience I've ever had in my life.  That pain, that sharp, brief stabbing pain right below my left pec (when it happens, my fingers naturally grasp the bottom of my left pic close to the middle) was something I had never felt before.  Ever.

 

I got up, peed, walked around for a minute, and went back to bed.  Within minutes, i had it again.  I also started to get a little tingly in the face... this is where it is possibly un-related to the actual pain, because my doctor told me that either A: the vagus nerve 'going off' or B: a panic attack, which i had never had before, but the symptoms were indicative of either.  I got up again, got immedietely light headed and fell to my knees, and stumbled up the stairs to the kitchen.  I started sweating like crazy... have never sweat that much unprovoked.  Obviously at this point, having no idea what was going on (and a pain in my heart to add to that), it was time to call 911.

 

I will add that these pains scared me more than anything in my life.  They were sudden and sharp, and it's almost as if i could draw it out with a deep breath or a yawn... many times i was caught mid-yawn with one of those.  I severed my radial artery last summer (glass window accident) and as we waited for the ambulance, I was making jokes, talking, laughing, all in a pool of my own blood (weird, i know).  This experience was, hands down, 10x as frightening.  I was sitting in a chair with my cell phone in hand reflecting on my own life.  An overraction?  A bit... but I had no idea.

 

So, I'll cut to the chase: same as all of you.  EKG: normal.  Blood tests: normal.  Wore a heart monitor holster for a day after: results normal.  Doctors at hospital had no answers.  That was the most frustrating thing for me... I had to go home not knowing what the hell had just happened to me because I couldn't replicate it at the hospital.  

 

Visited a cardiologist the following week, who did another EKG and listened to my story.  To my very, very, very much appreciated relief, he believed he had an answer for me.  He mentioned the Vagus nerve or panic attack for the other symptoms, but he seemed confident he had the answer for the sharp heart pain.  

His answer: acid reflux, accompanied by the possible spasming of the esophagus.  He prescribed me an acid reflux medication, and i had not happened again for many consecutive nights as i took the medication.

 

I am sitting here right now because i am a stubborn 24 year old who refuses to believe my body can't overcome this problem and fix itself, and haven't taken the medication in well over a week.  And boom, here I am.  As my doctor said before I left: "Congratulations.  You're getting older."

 

Like i said, this is not meant to be at all any sort of diagnosis for any of you.  I just know how scared I was when this happened, and wanted someone to tell me it would be OK.  If you've had these symtoms reoccuring and didn't have a visit with a sort of specialist regarding your symptoms, go see a specialist and describe what you're feeling.  Doctors at a hospital can only tell you so much.  They can, however, tell you that everything looks normal, which is something to hang your hat on within itself.

 

My best advice, at least in my experience: stay calm.  I think i generated my own drama because I stressed myself out so much in the moment.  But like i said, go see a special about your problem.  I know how weird it is, and especially it is something concerning your heart, it makes things that much more pressing.  If i woke up from a sudden sharp pain in my hamstring or something, I'd be hard pressed to even budge out of bed.  When it's your life-source, things are a bit different. 

 

Anyways, I hope this helps at least one of you.  See a specialist: they can tell you a lot more than i can, and this isn't meant to be a diagnosis.  I just know that it's comforting when you find other people who have gone through what you're going through, and I think this was a good opportunity to do just that.  If you're having something like this and you suspect something is seriously wrong, don't hesitate to call 911; one emergency visit is well worth the exchange for peace of mind.  If this is reoccuring and you haven't followed up with anything following your initial hospital visit, like i said, see a doctor with more knowledge of the area you're having these experiences.  

 

I apologize for the long winded message.  I just like to imagine myself getting on and reading it and making a decision to see a doctor about the problem, simply because of my own experience.  And it's a nice excuse to burn a little time now at 3:30 a.m to hope this medication kicks in before i hit the hay again. 

 

-M

 

 

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BadNewsSooz, Community Member
1/29/11 2:59am

Thanks for posting something descriptive enough to actually make me feel better! I honestly thought my lung was possibly collapsing. Geez-guess it was just that hot sauce lol

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nzmcconnell, Community Member
2/16/11 2:56pm

im going through this too, im not sure pcs is related to have these cases tho, because the pain does last for 30 min at the minimum if not more, its not as bad as it was 15 min ago but im afraid to standup and walk again. whemn i breathed deeply, i couldn't release air, it felt like my lungs collapsed, and i gagged, ive found no explanation for this yet. please help.  nick from az

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Nicole, Community Member
12/ 1/11 9:57pm

Hey Guys,
i'm 15 years old, and i have been having these sharp pains for about 4 years now. i never really thought it was a big deal because it would go away within like two minutes, but just like ten minutes ago i got it for the first time this month, and it has been the worst i have ever had. i used to punch myself in the chest or bend down and exhale fully and it would go away quick, but when i tried that tonight it made it a lot worse and it felt like a knife just got jabbed through and keeps making a wound bigger and bigger. i don't how long its going to last, but i'm scared because i can hardly breathe. i just have to take small steps and whenever i feel like yawning or sneezing, i have to stop it from coming. the pain is in between my left breast and my armpit. i decided to do research now because it was so bad, and it turns out i'm not the only one who has it! i took two tums and thought that would help, and i drank a cup of water, but that didn't seem to help. it's honestly the worst pain i have ever felt in my life. i really want to know what this is, should i consult a physician? because eighty percent of the women blogging about this are saying its a waste of time to even try to consult because they can't do anything about it. help!
-Nicole.

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Nicole, Community Member
12/ 1/11 9:58pm

Hey Guys,
i'm 15 years old, and i have been having these sharp pains for about 4 years now. i never really thought it was a big deal because it would go away within like two minutes, but just like ten minutes ago i got it for the first time this month, and it has been the worst i have ever had. i used to punch myself in the chest or bend down and exhale fully and it would go away quick, but when i tried that tonight it made it a lot worse and it felt like a knife just got jabbed through and keeps making a wound bigger and bigger. i don't how long its going to last, but i'm scared because i can hardly breathe. i just have to take small steps and whenever i feel like yawning or sneezing, i have to stop it from coming. the pain is in between my left breast and my armpit. i decided to do research now because it was so bad, and it turns out i'm not the only one who has it! i took two tums and thought that would help, and i drank a cup of water, but that didn't seem to help. it's honestly the worst pain i have ever felt in my life. i really want to know what this is, should i consult a physician? because eighty percent of the women blogging about this are saying its a waste of time to even try to consult because they can't do anything about it. help!
-Nicole.

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Nicole, Community Member
12/ 1/11 9:58pm

Hey Guys,
i'm 15 years old, and i have been having these sharp pains for about 4 years now. i never really thought it was a big deal because it would go away within like two minutes, but just like ten minutes ago i got it for the first time this month, and it has been the worst i have ever had. i used to punch myself in the chest or bend down and exhale fully and it would go away quick, but when i tried that tonight it made it a lot worse and it felt like a knife just got jabbed through and keeps making a wound bigger and bigger. i don't how long its going to last, but i'm scared because i can hardly breathe. i just have to take small steps and whenever i feel like yawning or sneezing, i have to stop it from coming. the pain is in between my left breast and my armpit. i decided to do research now because it was so bad, and it turns out i'm not the only one who has it! i took two tums and thought that would help, and i drank a cup of water, but that didn't seem to help. it's honestly the worst pain i have ever felt in my life. i really want to know what this is, should i consult a physician? because eighty percent of the women blogging about this are saying its a waste of time to even try to consult because they can't do anything about it. help!
-Nicole.

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Phil, Community Member
12/ 9/11 2:13am

Hi, I have had this same pain in my left side under my left shoulder behind my ribbs I think.. its hard to exsplain ..I am a 50 year old male.. I started having this pain about 2 years ago.. I am 6 ft and weightwd  236 lbs... I figured that I was over weight and out of shape.. so I started a program.. I weight  187 now and I am very fit... I was in smiths looking at birthday cards and this one card was so funny that I started laughing , I started to reach above my head to put the card back still laughing and the pain hit me so hard I could not move, I could not put my arm back down, I could  not hardley even breath, I could not even move because the pain would get worse , I tryed to stop laughing but could not because people were stairing at me, and it made me laugh harder, the pain got so bad that I started to cry while still laughing..

I have the pain constantly now, if I turn my body to the left it hurts, I can feel with my fingers the area and it is tender to the touch!!!. My question is ?  is this some king of cancer or tumor...? I am worried... any one else feel my pain.. if its gas,, then thats ok,, just as long as its not life threating... thanks. Phil

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Jessie, Community Member
12/18/11 4:11pm

Most likely gastritis. I get it, too. Massaging is a big help (as well as avoiding spicy or acidic foods). Try really massaging the area for at least 10 minutes and see if it alleviates the pain (sometimes the pain from the stomach, as well as gas, does cause pain in the chest area.). Unless you're experiencing nasea, fever, shortness of breathe, and dizziness along with it I'm sure you have nothing to worry about.

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Lea, Community Member
6/30/09 6:35pm

I get this ALL the time. I am only 22 and have had this for as long as I remember. Sometimes I get this every day sometimes once a week. I am so used to it now I barely take note after unless it has been a particularly bad one. I have been to the doctors many times. I have had ECG's etc, even had a camera put inside me. Nothing has explained this. They have come up with ideas such as a hole in my heart, or an in larged heart valve - but all proved wrong with further tests.

 

So feel reassured that this my not be that serious. Also if you find a solution or explanation could you please let me know as I am fed up with going to the doctors and getting no where.

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sps, Community Member
7/17/09 3:22pm

Hi I meant to write you a few weeks ago, so much going on. Ok the good news for me, and it may be for you also. I have Costochrondritis, I may of spelled it wrong, it has to do with your ribs and your breast plate where they meet and cartiledge like pulling away. Please go to webmd and read about it. You have no idea how relieved I am. It happens when you have had a trauma to the chest, in my case I fell on it hard in a skating accident, and or an infection you may of had as a kid or young adult. I will tell you I have had this before, for just a few minutes up to 5 or 10 at the most, before falling on my skates,  maybe once a year or so. I never knew what it was and I was so happy when it stopped. I would completely forget I had it till this last time when it got sooo bad, I ended up in the ER. It is not serious, you treat it with Advil or Motrin or maybe even Aleve. My dr. once he heard the symptoms, he went right to the 3 places it hurt  on my left breast, on my left side of the breast, it all made total sense to me. You don't want to do a lot of heavy lifting or moving which I do a lot of the time, because no one is usually around when I want it done, I am a do it yourself-er. When you have time let me know if this info helped you or anyone reading this. sps

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marsha123456, Community Member
10/19/09 5:30pm

hi i have been reading about this. im only 14 years old and its happeing to me! happend to me a couple of times and today at school it happend during math its pain and its hard to take deep breaths im scared i dont know how to tell my parents i really hate surgery and needles and stuff like that so if i do go to the doctors what do they do to you?? pleasee reply (:

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Prin428, Community Member
11/19/09 2:37pm

Hi....I am in hopes that you have already gone to your parents about this.  I understand the dislike of hospitals, surgery and needles!  However, better to go to the dr. right now than to have more severe issues in the future that may land you in the hospital.  It may be something minor but you really don't want to take the chance of something serious that gets overlooked.  I would want my child to come to me and better to be honest and up front about it....

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Prin428, Community Member
11/19/09 2:38pm

Hi....I am in hopes that you have already gone to your parents about this.  I understand the dislike of hospitals, surgery and needles!  However, better to go to the dr. right now than to have more severe issues in the future that may land you in the hospital.  It may be something minor but you really don't want to take the chance of something serious that gets overlooked.  I would want my child to come to me and better to be honest and up front about it....

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Lorraine, Community Member
1/ 7/10 7:08pm

Hi

Good news; I don't think that you have much to worry about: http://www.failedsuccess.com/index.php?/weblog/comments/precordial_catch_syndrome_chest_pain/

 

I suspect it is probably a very common condition that most people, particularly children and teenagers, experience. Have a read for yourself :)

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Citlaliac, Community Member
1/21/10 6:52pm

wow, me too and im relatively the same age as you and i came home today it was SOO bad! Im scared of needles and stuff to and my parents just think im faking it or just having a reaction to the weather...cold, is it cold near you too? uhhhh i dont see how cold can affecct it??!!! i am soo scared PLEASE what is this???? 
HELP ME!!!!!! 

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torilink, Community Member
3/30/11 6:06pm

Have your doctor check your vitamin D levels.  I've been having severe muscle spasms in my chest, back, hands, feet, legs - plus some tingling around my mouth for a few years.  My DR kept trying to convince me I had fibromyalgia but I read about it and it didn't sound like what I was experiencing.  Saw a different DR and she checked my vitamin D - which was deficient and my calcium was severely LOW.

 

Google hypocalcemia, take care of yourself and good luck.

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Citlaliac, Community Member
1/21/10 6:58pm

wow, me too and im relatively the same age as you and i came home today it was SOO bad! Im scared of needles and stuff to and my parents just think im faking it or just having a reaction to the weather...cold, is it cold near you too? uhhhh i dont see how cold can affecct it??!!! i am soo scared PLEASE what is this???? 
HELP ME!!!!!! 

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marsha123456, Community Member
1/22/10 9:24pm

Yea its cold where i live too! but dosnt snow just rain. like now it hasnt happend to me for 2 months now. i really hope it dosnt come back it was horrible!

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marsha123456, Community Member
1/22/10 9:26pm

Ohhh and when it first happend to me it wasnt cold. so i dont think its cold weather

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Citlaliac, Community Member
1/23/10 1:22am

ya, i live in arizona, near |0| snow!!!!!!!!!!! well the mountains but, i dont think thats it... i just broke my leg on the 3rd  but i dont think that has much to do with it... fdo u have asthma (had) or any thing?

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marsha123456, Community Member
1/23/10 2:36pm

had. like idk i think it was asthma cuz the doctors gave me a inhaler when i was sick cuz it was hard breathing. but i dont need it now. it was like maybe 2 years ago.

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Trish R, Community Member
2/ 9/10 5:59pm

i have experienced all the same symptoms since i was a teenager, i used to worry about it but it always went away.  found out that my mother has exactly the same thing from the same age!  Still get it from time to time, don't dare to breathe as it makes it stab all the more, then wears off in a few minutes.  I've lived with it for so long, i think it would have done me some harm by now (i'm now 47) if it had been anything serious.

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shellbell, Community Member
3/27/10 11:50pm

My daughter who is 14 had these similar symptoms that she referred to as "episodes".  I took her to the MD and had EKG and event monitor done and did not indicate any cardiac problems,  she was diagnosed with costochondritis.  Google this and see if you think it applys to your case.  Hope this helps!

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tatayashi, Community Member
7/17/10 11:29pm

I had these pains all the time and i am only 22. i was always told it was plurasy or something like that,,

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Amanda, Community Member
12/13/10 9:56pm

I think I was about the same age when it started happening to me, maybe younger. The doctor I went to said it was childs heartburn.... which I'm pretty sure it's not. 

 

But , you should feel safe telling your parents since it seems like many of us have symptoms like this and no one has said it's been serious. 

 

I've found that drinking some cold water , taking a few shorter breaths so it doesn't hurt, walking around a little and then trying some longer breaths to see if it's going away helps me. I'm 19 now and it only lasts about 30 seconds or less when I do that. 

 

But I definitely found that sitting up straight helps. Slouching down may make it hurt a little less but it lasts a lot longer. 

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LottaT, Community Member
7/ 2/11 10:10am
Marsha, For such things, the tests they do aren't scary at all! The most likely tests they'll do, is an EKG, in which they put lots of little circular "band-aids" with a little button on the middle on your chest, on your leg etc. Then they attach wires to these and a little machine reads signals from your heart and circulatory system, which they print out on a long piece of paper. It comes out as a graph showing how your heart works. This they do to rule out that there's something serious going on, like a heart attack. Also they may do an ECG, an Ecchocardiogram, which is an ultrasound of the heart, in which they can see e.g. how the heart valves perform. They use a probe (or whatever they're called, you know, just as when they do an ultrasound on a pregnant woman), they put a gel on the probe, which allows them to see an image of your heart and the blood vessels from the heart on a monitor (black and white or color). You'll lie on your left side, with your back towards the doctor (because they then get the best images), but can turn your head and watch the screen and the doctor will explain what you see to you. They may also do a blood test, to look for certain markers (e.g. if a person has a heart attack, they can find that on blood work). If you are very scared of needles, there are things you can get done. You can ask them if they have butterfly needles for kids. This is a very thin and much shorter needle than the ordinary blood test needle, and honestly, most of the time you can't even feel that the needle enters your arm! So if you can only calm yourself down and tell yourself this, it will go so much easier for you. Being scared amplifies EVERYTHING, don't you agree? Also, you can ask them for Emla Cream, which is a local anesthetic in a cream. You apply it on your skin where they will be doing the test, and put a band-aid on top. The downside with this is waiting, because it takes quite a while (can't remember, but most likely 30-60 minutes), but the cream will numb the skin, so when the needle enters, you sure can't feel it! I had to do so much bloodwork for years and since I have a condition causing me to heal slower and scar more, blood work for me actually do hurt. But they use the kid's (they're light blue here in Europe, don't know if they're the same where you are, but most likely they are) butterfly needle and it works like a charm, it does NOT hurt at all! But, some places they don't have this type of needle (but most clinics do and hospitals do have them), just ask! Besides this, you don't have to worry, it's not very likely that you'll need to have any shots and sure not likely that you will need any surgery for something like this. Most likely they will not find anything wrong and if they find an explanation, it is not something to really worry about. Bottom line, you will get it checked out, only to exclude possible serious things (which are not very likely, but you need to get it checked out and to take worries away!!!). I know your post was quite old, but figured I should reply anyway, since I felt I could give you a little input. Hopefully you have got an explanation by now anyway... :) Take care! :) Reply
marsha123456, Community Member
2/18/12 12:15am

thanks so much <3

 

 

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marsha123456, Community Member
2/18/12 12:16am

thanks so much <3

 

 

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ZandraR91, Community Member
5/ 9/10 12:13am

OMG,

you may have helped me with my problem!!!

I have had a lot of accidents on trampolines where I flew 20 feet in the air from a trampoline and fell back on the bar, bounced off it and landed straight on a rock, then when I was older I got into a bad bike accident where I flew down a hill and put my front brakes on to avoid a car and turkeys and flew over my bike and skidded across the tar 5 feet! Then I was on a trampoline again and I was jumping up when I had a seizure, locked up and went flying off mid air and hit rocks. also, I fell down stairs really hard. Then when I was around 13 I had parasites in my stomache, liver and ovary area  where they ate most of my insides away, I would have almost died or just been really sick, so they killed them. My body healed mostly or as much as possible, but not completely, and I have had migraines headaches and seizures since I was nine and always get into really bad accidents. I have been getting the sharp pains around my left breast and SOMETIMES my right, but very rarely, the pain is where my bra sits under my boob, and by the breast plate between my breasts. Sometimes near my arm, it wont last long maybe a couple of minutes but it is really bad, and hurts to breathe in or out. So I usually hold my breath as long as I can. I get them very frequently even if I am just sitting here like I am right now typing this. Or when I am lying down about to sleep, or when I am walking I get severe side pains as well as in my breasts and ribs. I was not sure why or how, But I hate hospitals as I have been in them so often for my seizures or kidney infections, or migraines, or food poisoning. As I have gotten all of those a lot. Actually I just had a severe pain just tonight not even half an hour ago. I was just worried and should probably go for a complete physical and exam as I have not been to have one done in many years. I am 19 now by the way, so not to old to be having all these symptoms. I just don't want the pain anymore, I have bad rib pain too. I am not sure why. Anyone have any advice??? my email is Vendorous@gmail.com

Thank you,

Zandra Ross

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sps, Community Member
5/ 9/10 4:46am

So when it happens Zandra, try to relax your breathing which is tough because any normal inhale hurts, so I take shorter breaths till it passes. Now I get up and take advil liquid gels to help the stabbing ache in my back. I remember holding my breath also, hoping the pain would go away, I think that is a natural reaction when taking a breath hurts. I was told to take advil and try and take it easy. Do you move or lift heavy objects at anytime in your day, that will make it worse so try and limit that activity. I am a do it yourselfer, so it is hard for me to completely stop, but I have gotten better. It never hurts to get it checked out by your Dr. to make sure of what it is. Take care and be well.

 

Susan :)

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kimberly2519, Community Member
6/16/10 4:39pm

Hello I know this post is old but I was looking up these symptoms and I remember going to the ER myself and the doctor telling me about Costochondritis. I was so scared but relieved that it wasnt a heart attack. Im 27 years old and a heart attack at my age would scare me a whole lot.

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Charlotte Velarde, Community Member
10/28/10 9:07pm

oct 1st, 2010..I went to another chiropractor for a 2nd opinion for my care, when the new chiro adjusted me, he landed on my upper body like a football player and ever since then, my nerves thru my body sends waves thru my back between shoulder blades to my shoulders and then onto my chest..I have pain in my left breast to the ribs, I have tightness in below my sternum..I have been to the ER 6 different times, hooked up to ECG and blood work, urine, chest xray of heart and everything comes back just fine, now everytime I go to the ER, they just give me anxiety meds, pain meds,anti-depression meds and Pepcid for heartburn, I do have an appt on nov.10 2010 to have an endoscopy done, the gastro dr said it does sound like muscular skeletal from chiro and coschrondritis(spelled wrong i guess), I also have an appt on nov.3 2010 to see a neurologist,I spoke to them over phone and they said my back sounds like a compressed nerve due from the chiro manipulation which can cause alot of pain from affected area to the surrounding areas like your chest and it also gives me sensations thru my face and back of kneck and head and arms, but can cause fatigue, tiredness, irritable, nervousness, etc which are all signs of heaqrt attacks and axiety attacks, which I know it has nothing to do with my heart but more on anxiety like my gastro dr said because you have pain and dont know why and it makes you nervous not crazy to be taking meds for anxiety or depression..I am an advid bodybuilder lifting 1400lbs on leg press, 220lbs on bench and I am a 38 yr old female who before all of this was quite active, since chiro visit, I am not able to hold my 17mo old son or 4yr old daughter and I have anothr son and daughter older and i cannot even maintain everyday duties like chores and such or I have not been able to eat or drink very much..I was 154lbs before all of this now 3wks later I am 134lbs..I am sure it is more muscle mass than weight since my legs were 37inches and my biceps were 18 and half inches, now I look like an anerexic(spelled wrong i guess) person, no offense to anyone...anyone who has any helpful suggestions or comments please contact me velardecharlotte@gmail.com Thank you so much in advanced!!!

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Charlotte Velarde, Community Member
10/28/10 9:31pm

Oct1st, went to a different chiropractor he adjusted my upper body like a football player landing on me, ever since then I have been in the ER for at least 6times one even in a diffrent hospital, they said it was anxiety and depression and heartburn and coschronditis( spelled wrong) but now I have to go undr endoscopy and also a neurologist for my nerves, neurologist said it sounds like a compressed nerve either can be released by meds or surgery just need tests done first and also with a compressed nerve it causes your mid back between shoulder blades and tenses up in bottom of sternum and cause pain in chest and have pressure feeling like crazy because nerves are located all thru your sternum chest ribs that connect to back and I also feel sensations in my head and face which is a sign of a nerve damage, and my gatro dr told me today that it also sounds like muscular skeletal which could have been caused by the chiro also..everytime I went to the ER, they hooked me up to the ECG and blood/urine work and chest xrays, thank god everything came back fine!! I was also diagnosed with Acid reflux and a gallbladder problem and maybe IBS,..all came about after new chiro visit, I'm sure some of the symptoms are not related to the chiro but I think my nerve problem and chest pain most definitely is...I went from 154lbs to 134lbs within 3wks..I am sure it is all muscle mass since I am an advid bodybuilder, my leg press was 1400lbs and my chest press was 220lbs and my legs were 37 in and my biceps were 18 and half in but now they are not but im not worried about that since muscle has memory..but for the last 3wks, I also have been sleeping up in a recliner because I cant lay down because of pain, hopefully things will be tooken care of soon and I can live again because I have 4kids and I cannot even hold my 17mo old or do house chores or such because of pain in chest and back..anyone else with similar stuff and your results, please contact me velardecharlotte@gmail.com I live in Arizona....

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KAT, Community Member
2/ 9/11 12:25am

I AM 31 YEARS OLD. I HAVE HAD THESE PAINS SINCE I WAS LIKE 15 YEARS OLD. ONE MORNING I WOKE UP AND STRETCHED AND I HEARD  A CRACKING NOISE IT WAS REAL LOUD AND TOOK MY NREATH AWAY. I WAS IN SHOCK. DIDNT KNOW WHAT TO DO. AFTER THAT I HAVE HAD PAINS LIKE YOU HAVE DESCRIBED. I WENT TO THE DR AND THEY SAY ITS THE CARTILAGE THAT SEPERATES AND IT SWELLS UP A BIT BUT HURTS REALLY BAD YOU CANT BREATHE DEEP YOU GOTTA TAKE REAL SMALL BREATHS. ITS A STABBING PAIN AND HURTS FOR A LITTLE WHILE.  IT SWELLS UP ALOT WHEN IT HURTS AND GOES DOWN A BIT WHEN IT DOESNT HURT. IF I LYE DOWN ON MY BACK YOU CAN SEE IT POPPED OUT.

ALL YOU CAN DO IS TAKE A PAIN RELIEVER OR GO TO DR AND GET CORTISONE SHOTS TO HELP. IT WONT HEAL IT BUT WILL HELP WITH THE PAIN.

I REALLY HOPE THIS HELPS.

KAT

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Patty, Community Member
2/11/11 7:38pm

Thank you!  This was really helpful.  I have had this problem on and off for as long as I remember.  Sure enough I was diagnosed with a sinus/respiratory infection yesterday which is most likely causing it.  I also have a lymph node in my cheek that swells and feels like a bee-bee in my cheek when I have an infection.

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Patty, Community Member
2/11/11 7:39pm

Thank you this was very helpful!  I have had this problem on an off for as long as I can remember (and I happen to be on an antibiotic for an infection at the moment). 

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LottaT, Community Member
7/ 2/11 9:52am

Hi,

Chostochondritis is an inflammation (NOT an infection) of the ligaments/tendons that fasten the breast bone to the ribs as well as of the cartiledge which covers part of our ribs. It can get very painful, and some experience it so dramatic they end out in the ER thinking they are having a heart attack, even if Chostochondritis is not dangerous in any way. It can occur secondary to several other conditions, e.g. different types of inflammatory arthritis (e.g. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis etc.) and also secondary to genetic disorders like Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (which affects the connective tissues and makes you much more prone to overuse and injuries) in addition to after other things which has caused strain on the ligaments/tendons, making them inflamed (e.g. an injury. It's probably the most common secondary to inflammatory arthritis though, I think). And sometimes they can't tell why a person got it. The treatment usually is anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS). Also heating pads or ice can help a lot, as well as hugging a pillow (or lie half way on your side with a pillow on your chest, so your weight gives pressure against the pillow on the side that is the worst at the time), when the pain is bad. Personally I think heat is the most comfortable, but ice the most EFFECTIVE (I have used gel ice packs which can be kept in the freezer, but bags of peas or bags of ice cubes and such works too, the gel is more comfortable though. Ice feels bad for a little while, but then it numbs the area, and ice may also lower the inflammation, so it is constructive to use ice. Heat more works by soothing and making muscles relax, so it's not that constructive, as I see it - but feels very nice. When you use ice, wrap the ice pack in a towel first, you don't want frostbite! Keep it on a maximum of 20 minutes at the time, you can do it up to 2-3 times a day). I found a trick for the ice packs, to put on a sports bra the wrong way (back on your front side), then you can put the ice packs inside the cross on the bra, keeping it in place without you having to hold them. Much more comfy when you're in pain, don't need tired arms on top... :)

 

I have had both what I believe is PCS (which I had a lot when I was younger) and Chostochondritis. I think the two are quite different, at least they have been for me. PCS you often can relieve by taking a slow, deep breath and you feel a "popping" sensation, which sure don't happen with Chostochon., that lasts much longer and most often also gives pain in a much larger area than PCS. My Chostochondritis has been along my breastbone and also down the rib "bow", going maybe 4" in on every rib and along their edge/my midline. PCS attacks most often lasts a few minutes, up to 30 minutes or so, but Chostochon. pains can be bad for hours, days and weeks unless you get it relieved in some way or it goes away by itself. The PCS has been only in one little spot, just under my left breast, under the nipple, and in between two ribs (a bit longer in than the Chostochondritis pain has been). I have had 1 or 2 PCS attacks that has lasted quite long, maybe a day or so, for some reason it has been difficult to get it to stop, but finally it has resolved. Also those attacks has not been the worst ones, not really stabbing, if you get my drift (not making you freeze totally up in pain, but making me bend forwards and move slower), so maybe those were more a muscle spasm than a full fledge cramp (spasms aren't as bad as cramps, the muscles aren't as tense as in cramps, which may explain why the pain then wasn't as bad)? But in general, PCS attacks are much shorter than bouts of Chostochondritis (an inflammation does NOT disappear in a few minutes and it normally covers a much larger area than PCS does). I also think that inflammation pain is very different from the PCS pain (not stabbing like a knife, like the PCS pain, but long lasting and horribly aching, if I can put it that way).

 

Personally I have Psoriatic Arthritis and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which no doubt has been causing my Chostocondritis.

 

I hope this may give some kind of idea for others re. how different PCS and Chostochondritis is.

 

Take care! :)

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sps, Community Member
7/17/09 3:31pm

Also I forgot to say before I have an attack of this costochrondritis, I get a stabbing sharp pain in my upper back, in the wing of my back. Sometimes I get this pain on & off for days with no attack, the pain will come & go, I notice it at night when I am doing nothing active, other than watching tv. Again I hope this info helps anyone out there.

SPS 

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bigmand, Community Member
12/27/09 1:54pm

me too

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Samantha!, Community Member
12/28/09 12:40pm

Hi I am 17 years old and I have been getting this pain for years now. It used to only come every now & then, a sharp pain in my chest under my left boob. It goes thru to my back. It gets tight to the point where I can't move. IT HURTS MORE WHEN I MOVE. It usually happened when I lay down or lay on my left side where the pain is. But now that I am 17 I have been getting it more & more & more!!! I have extreme back pains now & sleep with a heating pad. Idk what it could be, but the trigger that sets it off now is if I'm laying on my left side.

 

I woke up the other morning with such an intense pain that I cried out for help and couldn't reach my phone! It has never been so intense in my life. I'm an athlete (volleyball player) and it takes a lot for me to speak up when I am in pain.

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CA, Community Member
1/11/10 12:52pm

Are any of you guys on birth control pills? I'm wondering if there are any connection between the two. I used to get these pains often years ago when i was on the pill. I havent been on the pill for about 4 years now. but, a week ago I took an emergency contraception pill (which is just a stronger dose of regular bc pills) and i had the pain again on saturday! of course the doctor couldnt explain why and told me that the birth control thing must be a coincidence. but i think not...

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marsha123456, Community Member
1/23/10 2:43pm

yea i dont think its the pills cuz im 14 and im not on birth control

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Citlaliac, Community Member
1/23/10 3:00pm

same here, pill free

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Citlaliac, Community Member
1/23/10 3:00pm

same here, pill free

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Citlaliac, Community Member
1/23/10 3:00pm

same here, pill free

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Citlaliac, Community Member
1/23/10 3:00pm

same here, pill free

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Citlaliac, Community Member
1/23/10 3:00pm

same here, pill free

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Citlaliac, Community Member
1/23/10 3:00pm

same here, pill free

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Citlaliac, Community Member
1/23/10 3:00pm

same here, pill free

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Citlaliac, Community Member
1/23/10 3:00pm

same here, pill free

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Citlaliac, Community Member
1/23/10 3:00pm

same here, pill free

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Citlaliac, Community Member
1/23/10 3:00pm

same here, pill free

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ennovi8907, Community Member
4/23/10 3:37am

you know this is happening to me now. I am taking loestrin 24 and have been for a while and i started getting that exact type of pain. I think there is a connection

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charwash, Community Member
10/ 8/10 2:40pm

I am 22 and on birth control and I felt like the sharp pain on my left chest was related to some sort of heart defect. Mostly because I'm convinced that I may be developing a heart disease considering the facts that 1) Birth control increases your risk of heart disease 2) I am an African American female (we are at high risk) 3) I notice the pain after I consume something fatty and used to have a low fat diet and I never experienced the pain. It may even have something to do with decreased physical activity. 

 

Has anyone else experienced this pain after eating? If so, what were you eating? Are you physically active?

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Angel Marie, Community Member
12/22/10 5:57am

Hello.

I am 38 years old.  I have been dealing with this for over ten years.  May be a long story, but will skim through this from the begining of my story...  On here this morning trying to find the name of the diagnosis the Dr. finally gave me as I am going through it again...  Was not diagnosed with costocondritis, but very similar. 

Put up with abdominal pain for almost 3 years before being diagnosed as I was a young single mom & couldn't miss work just because I did not feel well.  Then one morning it was too much & my friend thought I was having a heart attack, took me to the ER & told the Dr. I wasn't leaving until the could tell us something useful.

The ER told me two things:

     1-  I was passing gall stones...  This was due to my eatting foods with higher fat levels than I was used to & my body did not know how to process that much fat.    The easiest & cheapest way to diagnos gallstones is an Ultrasound... 

     2-  My chest pains- sternum, ribs, down both arms to the elbos...  Was \ is triggered by STRESS!!  Studying for exams in nursing school, I would have an episode.    Not getting enough sleep.    Major change of diet.    Even worrying about my Dad's health issues all trigger episodes.   

  Any kind of stress can trigger an episode: physical (accident, being sick for more than a week, lack of sleep)

                                                           emotional (family stress, school pressures, death in the family, worrying about everything)

 

  With all the pressures we have today, for kids to excell at everything, to grow up so quickly, to help with raising their siblings & running the house, what used to be a diagnosis for middle-age, high powered executives is now way too common in every age group.

 

   If you get a little bit of warning before an episode kicks in, write down how you have been feeling for the past few days...  depressed?  worried?  too busy studying to exercise like you used too?  working more than normal?  not working as much as normal?  been ill?  new medication?

 

   When I have a severe episode, one of those where I can't even get comfortable enough to sleep- the lack of sleep only makes it worse- my most effective thing to do is to crawl in the bath, with the water as hot as I can handle.  IF YOU TRY THIS...  Have a cold glass of water with you.  Have someone else home with yoou who knows you are in the tub, or have a phone with you.  Having the water that hot will thin your blood temporarily, so if you just pull the plug on the tub & stand up, You May PASS OUT!  I suggest that when you are ready to get out of the tub, drain the water & just sit there while the water runs out.  Drink some cool water throughout your bath.  If you feel dizzy when you stand up, either sit back down & wait a minute, or slowly get out of the tub & sit down of the floor with your back against the side of the cool tub.

 

   Sorry for being so long winded, but after ten years, this is what works for me.  I still have episodes, but once I figured out my warning signs I can usually keep from having a full blown attack. 

   Good luck.  Hope this helps you.

    If you end up going to the doctor, or the hospital you may want them to do an ultra sound if you want to rule out the gallbladder issue.

 

     Good luck to all of us who are over stressed!  Try to relax & eat as well as you can. 

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LottaT, Community Member
7/ 3/11 2:05pm
Hi Char, I know this post of yours also is old, but I really felt for you while reading your post! It's horrible having to be scared of having a heart problem, especially at such a young age!!! Just wanted to tell you that sharp pains after eating fatty foods MOST LIKELY has to do with some kind of digestive problem, NOT heart disease (you're very young for that unless you have inherited disease which cause very early heart disease in your family or something like that - in which you should be monitored and on treatment to prevent such problems. Most likely you would know about such a risk, if you had that in your family too!). Without actually checking the statistics, I really don't think the increased risk for heart disease in African American females are such a high risk that it actually give you a HIGH risk of getting a heart attack when you are 22, if you get my drift. I'll just have to make myself clear here - I don't mean to put down or minimize your worries AT ALL, but I got to say - logical sense has helped me a lot (I suffer from a multitude of chronic/inherited disorders myself, I have been seriously ill because of it and I'm disabled because of it too, and all this has given me a certain experience over the years, if you understand what I mean). Sometimes sitting down and trying to see things in a logical and objective way (I know it may be real difficult, but give it a try), has really helped me put unnecessary worries away. I mean, we sure have enough to worry about in life, so worrying when we don't need to, sure isn't something we need! If I were you, honestly - I would make an appointment with my GP (if you have one and if you haven't got to it a long time ago) and ask him to explain these things for me (statistics can be very scary if we don't understand them entirely, e.g. the sensationalistic way the media may put such studies, make it sound so much worse than it really is!!!). E.g. an increased risk in African Americans may just mean that it is still very rare and certainly VERY RARE in people as young as you. What such a statistic first and foremost should do (and I bet is meant to do), is to prompt anybody but especially people who belong to the mentioned the risk groups, to focus on an real important thing: To live a healthy life, which will diminish these risks. Some things we have learned over the years that are important to be generally healthy and diminish risks of health hazards like heart disease: E.g. healthy eating, avoid (excessive) weight gain, don't smoke, don't drink too much, don't do drugs and make sure to exercise (especially aerobic exercise, exercise which gets your pulse up as e.g. walking at a fast pace, running, bike riding or spinning, swimming etc - most of which are perfectly free of charge too and can even be fun, esp. if done with family or good friends!). And, try to get yourself a good education (you're still so young!) which will give you a good job and a decent income (with health insurance through work), which in general also contributes to good health - e.g. statistics show that people in low income areas, in general have poorer health than people in high income areas. This may be caused by a lot of factors like stress because of financial problems, lack of possibilities to participate in certain activities, bad diet (a lot of cheap, processed and fat rich food, little good veggies, a low fiber diet (e.g. white/cheap bread instead of darker/whole grains good quality bread) etc etc and last but not least - lack of good health care which of course, if you e.g. live in the US sure is a point because of your lack of a national health system for all citizens which makes people dependent on a good, pretty high income job to get health insurance while people with a low income can't afford health insurance and may not go to the doctor when they need it, for financial reasons (I live in Europe myself, and all citizens in my country automatically have health care which is based on medical necessity only, if you have a medical need, you will get help. No system is perfect, but in general it works great here and everybody from HM The King to a newly arrived refugee have the same rights. The rights do not vary with income, except for one thing, which is covered/free adapted cars/vans for the disabled who have to have transportation to function in daily life, if you have a high income, you have to pay a co-pay for the car/van itself, while all the adaptations are free for all). This got long, writing short is not my strong side... Bottom line, I am 99% sure that your GP can put your mind at ease and that your pains are not caused by a heart problem! I feel really bad when I hear you say that you are convinced that you may be/are developing a heart disease at 22, because even if birth control and being in certain groups of the population increases the chances of such things, the chance still is very, very small in a young woman as yourself, especially if you are otherwise healthy! We know that birth control increase chances of e.g. a stroke, but it's still a rare occasion if you look at the huge numbers who are using these medications. If you smoke, you should really quit though (I know, it is not easy, but at 22 you CAN quit, if you want to!), as that in combination with birth control, sure increases chances of such problems more (blood clots), but it is still not something that happens often. We have to see these things in perspective, if you know what I mean. So, I can't emphasize enough, I really do NOT believe that you are at a HIGH risk at 22, especially if you are healthy in general and you do not smoke! Let me also give you one hint... If birth control pills used by young African American women really caused a HIGH risk for (early) heart attacks, it is sure very likely that the FDA would pull it from the market! Do you remember the Vioxx (anti-inflammatory) scandal a few years back (you may have been too young, even if it's not that long ago)? A new, fantastic anti-inflammatory came on the market, the very first of two (the other one being Celebra/Celebrex which is still on the market, but with certain warnings) which wouldn't cause stomach problems like all the other such meds so easily do (it is a major side effect affecting quite many and can cause dangerous bleeding ulcers in some, but these meds have been in use for decades and are well known). Well, they soon found out that quite a few (not very many, to put it that way, not at all) people got serious heart problems while on it. In a flash it was pulled from the market all over the world, and thousands of thousands of people who had waited for such a medication for years and years (including me) and who were really happy with the medication, using it with no side effects whatsoever, had to give it up (lots of people with rheumatoid arthritis and similar rheumatic diseases). Well, that is the price today, the authorities will not allow such serious side effects! Even if many doctors after the fact has said that there really were not that many that got it, and measured up to the huge help the med gave so many people, the reaction may have been hasted and not a good one. But, bottom line is, that for that people who experienced these side effects, and their families, the effects were huge - and the FDA (and other International such agencies) would not allow it. Also, when it comes to birth control pills and problems like blood clots, the modern birth control pills are a lot better than the old ones, as they have much less hormones in them. That sure is a good thing! Again, I hope that you already have gone to your GP about this, if not, you really should. Really for two reasons 1) to put your mind at ease about heart disease and 2) to figure out what your stomach problem is (when I think of fatty foods and pain, I think of gall bladder problems. I don't know if you can get "referred pain" (pain you feel in another place than where it originates from) on the left side and that high up because of that, but it wouldn't surprise me. I do know that e.g. gall stones (your gall bladder is on the right upper stomach side) and e.g. spasms in your bile ducts (around your pancreas, on the top left side of your stomach, the "upper left quadrant") can give pains (strong ones too!), but if it can be felt as high up as you describe, I do not know. I have had pancreatitis myself more than once (an inflammation of the pancreas which is an acute problem that must be treated in hospital, but that pain wasn't that high up. After I had it, I have suffered from chronic spasms in the ducts, which gives the same type of pain, but again, not that high up. And, just so that is said, I don't think you have pancreatitis, because that gives very severe pain and it does not get better until you are in hospital on heavy pain meds and IV fluids to help your body sorting it out by itself! I do know though that acid reflux, ulcers and such sometimes gives people chest pain, making them think they are having a heart attack (but that most likely wouldn't just give stabbing pains for a few minutes, then go away), so that MAY be something to ask your doctor about as well. And, read the other posts about Precordial Catch Syndome (see Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precordial_catch_syndrome ) PCS for short! This may also be something that you are experiencing (you do not describe in detail, length of your "attacks" etc.), maybe eating fatty foods before is a coincidence? I have mentioned a lot of different things now, but be aware that I am of course in no way an MD (just a social worker and "experienced patient" myself), so I cannot give medical advice. But I hope that you, if you still do not know what is going on with you and still have these pains and worries, get a few pointers and a little peace of mind for now until you get to talk to your doctor! I think I can say one thing though, I bet it is MOST LIKELY that what you are experiencing is not something dangerous (a.k.a. heart disease)! Our body certainly can do things that hurt, but most of the time it is quite innocent at the same time as pain of course is a signal from our body which we should take serious until we know what it is. But most of the time it turns out to be an annoyance more than serious disease! Knowing what it is, and what it is NOT, is constructive though, as it can put our minds to rest and makes dealing with pain much easier! But, after all, all the online forums in the world can't make up for a real doctor's appointment! So I hope that you have got to or can get to your doctor to find out what is going on!!! Before you go, make sure to prepare by making a list of your questions in prioritized order (if you're short on time, you'll get sure that the most important ones are answered)!!! Take care! :) Reply
Lynn, Community Member
1/30/10 8:51pm

Hopefully by now you have seen a doctor, but I would like to suggest you have a nasty case of GERD.  It can mimic a heart attack and the pain can be so severe it makes you break out in a cold sweat and feel like you are going to pass out.  Especially if it has gone untreated and has developed into esophageal ulcers.  This is a serious illness as it can lead to esophageal cancer.  If it is not  contraindicated by your health or other medications you are on, try guzzling Gaviscon next time it happens and see if you get any relief.  If it helps, you know it is not likely to be your heart, but most likely a reflux problem.

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CinderellaNeverAfter, Community Member
5/ 5/10 8:37pm

Hi..

I have for you the answer, but first you have to bear with me just a little bit.

 I do feel the same as you..

but it started with me when I was 8 yrs old!! I felt so weird I didn't tell anyone ..

 At age 19 my boyfriend really get sicked of watching me having this pain and he cant do anything so I told my Mam to take me the doctor . When I said what I feel with, they both loughed at me" My Mam & the doc.", and said I'm too young to have any heart disease..

I'm now 21 going to 22 feeling the same pain even worse with getting older..

So I try for myself to google it..

and here is the good news that is normal!!

yes it is NORMAL..

and they call it:

Precordial Catch Syndrome (PCS) is the most common cause of recurring chest pain. It is also sometimes known as "a stitch in the side" or "Texidor's twinge". It occurs most often in children and teenagers, but does persist into adulthood as well. The pain occurs just under the left nipple, near where you feel the heart beat most strongly on the front of the chest, and comes on very suddenly.

This extremely sharp pain causes a person to not want to move or breathe. This is where the "catch" part of the name is derived. Any movement or breathing only seems to intensify the pain. The pain usually lasts for around 30 seconds to 1 minute before disappearing. Sometimes the pain will suddenly disappear upon taking a strong breath or moving suddenly as well. This can almost feel like a pop of an imaginary bubble.  After the pain is gone, there is usually a dull ache that lingers.

These onsets of pain can occur frequently, sometimes several times a day, and can occur when exercising, resting, or when in virtually any other state. Doctors have not been able to correlate PCS with any particular triggers, such as heavy activity or the like. However, there are some doctors that believe things like heavy or irregular breathing or even posture could play some type of role in bringing about an episode of PCS.

At this time, doctors and researchers do not know what causes the pain associated with PCS. The most accepted theory is that the pain is the result of a pinched nerve somewhere. Due to the fact that the onsets of PCS are so quick and disappear just as quickly, it's hard for doctors to actually see the condition in action.

While doctors aren't sure of the actual causes, they are sure that it poses no danger. They believe it to be a completely benign condition and is most certainly not cause for alarm. For this reason, there is not a lot of information or studies regarding the physical cause of PCS available. Doctors feel no need to intensify study of something they know to be only a minor inconvenience.

The only real worry is that sometimes, what seemed like PCS, could possibly turn out to be something more serious. The following are signs of more concerning illness:

- Chest pain that extends into the left side of the jaw or arm
- Chest pain that a person describes as a "heavy" feeling
- Pain that does not improve at least a little after 24 hours of regular doses of ibuprofen
- Fever
- Cough, especially a cough that produces phlegm ("flem," or "flame")
- Extreme anxiety with the pain or a feeling of "impending doom"
- Blueness or paleness of the lips or fingernails
- An irregular, rapid, or pounding heart rate
- Marked difficulty breathing or catching one's breath (different from mild pain with breathing)

If any of these occur, please be sure to call your doctor's office right away. These could be indications of a more serious and potentially threatening condition.

Oh And Here you can check it with yourself at this site: http://www.failedsuccess.com/index.php?/weblog/comments/precordial_catch_syndrome_chest_pain/

So for now be happy and feel Normal :)

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ekm170, Community Member
10/ 6/10 8:47pm

haha, so i'm 15, and this kinda thing has been happening to me. but only for like a minute. its not bad, and i'm really not that worried about it. but it comes outta no where! and its like damn, ouch! this just happened to me like 10 minutes ago; and i have nothing to do. so whatever. but i take large breaths to get rid of them. iv'e been looking around and finally found what you wrote. this was very informative and thanks for letting me know i have nothing to worry about.  (:

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Janice, Community Member
7/ 2/09 8:28pm

I have a sharp pain under left breast that goes to the back. I do have a 60% blockage of my lad, could this be my heart?

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CardiacRN, Community Member
8/11/09 11:56am

In your case I would go to your MD and get checked out.  Having a 60% blockage to your LAD can contribute to your chest pain which radiates to your back (also signs of angina!)

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TERE, Community Member
7/17/09 10:29am

i remember having the sharp pain when i was a teen. however, it stop or i didn't notice.  now, i'm 25 yrs old and for the past week the sharp pain had increase and now it occurs more frequently. At first, i though it was stress but after reading this i have made an appt with my doctor.

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Jennifer, Community Member
8/20/09 8:49pm

It's so good to hear your story as mine is exactly like what you describe.  I rarely have this pain, but when I do, it happens out of no where and usually is so sharp my whole body just caves in.  It feel as sudden and as sharp as knife and then it goes away in around 5-15 seconds.  I don't get this often, maybe once every year.  It just happened tonight and really scared me.  I put my finger where the pain was and could feel a flutter, almost like a little spasm.  Please let me know what you find out.  I'm going to go to my doctor as well. Thanks.

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hgfjj, Community Member
1/ 3/10 10:46pm

Hi I get that pain to, read this:

Precordial Catch Syndrome
The precordial catch syndrome is a very
common, benign cause of chest pain in older
children and young adults. In spite of its very
consistent characteristics, it often leads to
unnecessary and expensive testing, specialist
referrals, and anxiety.
Characteristics
· Sudden onset – no warning
· Usually occurs at rest
· Localized
· Sharp, stabbing, or needle-like pain
· Often made worse by deep breathing
· Lasts 30 seconds to 3 minutes
· Goes away suddenly and completely
· No other symptoms
· No physical changes
It may start as young as six years old, but more
commonly happens in the late teens to early
twenties. It usually occurs at rest, often in a
partly slouched position, such as while
watching television, sitting on an old couch. It
may happen during light activity, such as
walking. It has no relationship to meals and
never occurs during sleep. Attacks can be as
often as weekly or as rare as once only.
The pain is well-localized, its area being no
bigger than 1 or 2 fingertips. Most commonly it
is located in the front or sides of the chest.
Precordial means “in front of the heart.” It
does not radiate, or shoot to another area. It
begins suddenly without provocation. Changing
position may make it worse or better -- taking a
deep breath usually hurts more, but can
sometimes “fix” the problem. Most people just
breathe shallowly for the few seconds or
minutes until it disappears spontaneously. It
may last as long as 30 minutes, but this is rare.
Other than appearing to be in pain, the
affected person doesn’t have symptoms such as
paleness, flushing (red face), or wheezing, but
he/she may get light-headed from prolonged
shallow breathing. The pulse rate and rhythm
are normal.
What Causes It?
First of all, it isn’t imaginary; it is a real,
hurting pain. And what doesn’t cause it is heart
or lung disease, although occasionally it occurs
in patients with congenital heart abnormalities.
The pain probably comes from nerves in the inner
lining of the chest cavity called the pleura which
becomes pinched or irritated. In some, it may
originate in the chest wall – ribs or cartilage. But
it most certainly does not come from the heart,
the lining over the heart (pericardium), or the
lungs.
How do I Know It’s Not
Something Serious?
Your health care practitioner should take a
careful history of your symptoms and be alert to
the possibility of other problems. Viral and other
infections, congenital heart valve deformities,
inflamed esophagus or stomach may cause similar
symptoms, but will be associated with other
findings, such as fever, cough, relationship to
certain foods or activity, etc.
The practitioner should physically check your
chest by observing, feeling for tenderness, and
listening to your heart and lungs.
Are tests needed?
Further testing is only needed if the practitioner
thinks there may be something else going on. For
example, if a heart murmur or other abnormal
sound is heard, an echocardiogram (ultrasound
images), and/or chest X-ray may be ordered.
What Can I Do About It?
Relax, knowing that the pain is completely
harmless and needs no specific treatment. Most
people with precordial catch syndrome outgrow it
by their early to mid twenties. Attacks of pain
usually diminish with age. Some have found that
taking a deep breath makes it go away, but may
do so at the cost of a sharper brief stab. Most
prefer to breathe shallowly until it goes away.
Improving your sitting posture and taking an
occasional deep breath is likely to help prevent
it.
See your practitioner if the pain changes or new
symptoms develop.
Thanks to: Miller and Texidor, 1955 JAMA 159
Sparrow and Bird (yes!), 1978 NZMJ 88
C. H. Gumbiner, 2003 SMJ 96

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Domina, Community Member
4/21/11 4:26pm

Finally!!!  An answer that is a perfect fit! 

I was only 19 when I first saw a cardiologist for this and he could find nothing wrong.  "Probably just stress" was his official diagnosis.  Additional testing by another cardiologist when I was around 45 also found nothing wrong.

This started in my early teens and has decreased in frequency as I got older.  It is great to know that it is not something serious that the doctors just missed.  

Thanx so much for posting this!!  

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frog4soccer, Community Member
9/ 1/09 8:16pm

hi i am a female i thought i was the only 1 with this pain. it started one night i was at work. so i went to the emergency department, well they are usless. they said i had pleurisy than i had muscular pain. well to be honest it is none of them ,the pain is in my breast in my heart in my rib cage behind my back by mu liver and it never goes away , i might have it for hours on end but garented every day. it is annoying i just want a doctor to find out what it is ,a it also affects my breathing. i had an ultrasound on my left breast the lady told me my tissue is growing around and under my bones? i though maybe that might be the problem??? doctors cant seem to find anything though!!

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sps, Community Member
9/10/09 4:57am

Hi go see your Dr and explain it to him, and see if he comes up with costochrondritis. I was told when I asked how does someone get that, he says sometimes there is an infection when your young and it just goes unnoticed. They don't know exactly why people get it, but it can be treated with ibuprophen (advil)

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sps, Community Member
9/10/09 5:10am

I'm sorry I accidently posted before I was done. I think I have gotten so used to it, I don't notice if I have it everyday. I was also told it can happen more if you have large breasts for your frame, puts more pull in the chest area, well that is food for thought.

About your tissue growing around your bones, I think a doctor should be able to find something??? When you have your pain is it hard to breathe, where you can't expand your lungs? And at work were you moving any heavy boxes that day or prior to the day it started?  For the back pain if your able, I lay on my bed and hang my back over the side of my bed and stretch my arms above my head, so they are touching the ground or close. And make a really good stretch, that seems to help me with the stabbing pain in my back. You have to be careful not to fall on your head. :) Hope any of this information helps you. Susan  

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becky, Community Member
9/24/09 8:41pm

Hi, I been having the same type of pain and I have been trying to get answers for almost a year and a half now and im only 17. I have been having sharp pains in whole chest, sometimes on the left, sometimes on the right, and sometimes i just have sharp pain just below my left boob and right above my ribs on my left side. I have been to the doctors so many times and everytime i come up empty handed with no answers. They tell me they can't find anything wrong. They have taken xrays, taken my blood, put little pad things on my chest to check my heart, but still, they say nothing is wrong. I just keep thinking to myself it has to be SOMETHING....right? because its not normal to have this kind of pain. Sometimes I can just ignore it and continue doing what im doing, and other times I actually have to stop a conversation and just calm myself down and hold down where it was hurting...although it doesn't help because the pain doesn't hurt on the outside, it hurts inside where I can not do anything about it.

Sometimes it hurts so bad all I can do about it is cry. Many times they last different length of time from a couple seconds, 5-10 minutes, even a couple hours. At times it also makes me very upset to where I just want be by myself and just lay down and often times makes me very sleepy. What could this possibly be? please...I have been looking or an answer for the longest time, and I feel like my doctor has given up trying to find out what it could be Cry

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alison, Community Member
9/27/09 8:12am

i also have suffered with these pains...though my chest (upper left side under my boob most of the time) i always think its a bloody heart attack...lol...but yeah also in my upper back and right side even down near my diaphram. it seems like most of us just thought we were the only ones, yet most have seen a dr about it.

you would think if alot of women have this problem or condition and have presented it to the dr's they would have come up with an answer by now!

 

but after reading the posts above i think that costochrondritis sounds about right but it is so heard to take medication everyday for a (just in case attack)

 

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sps, Community Member
10/13/09 3:04pm

Costochondritis causes pain and tenderness in the locations where your ribs attach to your breastbone (costosternal joints). Often the pain is sharp, though it can also feel like a dull, gnawing pain. Pain associated with costochondritis occurs most often on the left side of your breastbone, though it can occur on either side of your chest.

Other costochondritis symptoms may include:

  • Pain when taking deep breaths
  • Pain when coughing
  • Difficulty breathing

Costochondritis is the most common cause of chest pain originating in the chest wall. It occurs most often in women and people over age 40. However, costochondritis can affect anyone, including infants and children.

 I am glad that my original post has helped some and started a discussion. Because before I knew what this was it was really scary. I am a young 50 ish Mom, I have this dull pain almost every night. I thought it was my mattress, but it wasn't. No mattress makes it hard to take a breath in or out. But only at its worst does the breath thing happen. Mostly I live with the dull ache stabbing in my back and breatbone area.  If you have gone to your Dr. and been checked out, I think you are all doing the responsible thing. I was told to not worry about it, to take Advil when it bothered me enopugh to take Advil, love those Dr's don't you. Stay well!

Susan 

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CC, Community Member
10/17/09 10:18am

Hello, Susan,

Thank you, you gave me a little relief. I am a 40ish mom, and I was petrified that I was (and am) having a heart attack. I was attacked and beaten in my chest several years ago, when I was much younger. I also do fit within the breast description mentioned earlier. I have had pleuricy before, so I know that this is not that. I do not feel pain in my back though. It started sometime yesterday, and lessened after I took some Aleve. Then it was so severe it woke me in the middle of the night, and all I could do was cry. Problem: Naps and Profens make me very ill, is there anything else that will give me relief?

Will it keep coming back now? This is the first time I can remember having this pain, and I am more than a little concerned.

Celia

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sps, Community Member
5/ 9/10 4:37am

Hi Celia, I have been away from these posts for a few months, I wanted to tell you that I was told not to do a lot of heavy lifting or pushing heavy furniture, stuff like that. Which I did do all the time and still do some now when I have to, I don't like to wait for help all the time, a tad impatient when I want to get something done. So can you take advil liquid gels, they work fast usually for me, sometimes the pain just dulls down and makes it easier to deal with.  The lifting can be a problem for this condition. At least I know when I am active around my house, I may really feel it that night. Good luck to you. Think about mentioning it to your Dr. when you go for a visit, it is worth getting it checked out. Take Care,

Susan

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Ann, Community Member
10/18/09 7:10pm

I just wanted to let you know that the same type thing happened to me almost two years ago. My ekg looked normal so, My General Practioner diagnosed it with pleurisy, then when we found out that wasn't it, he tried costochondritis. However, that wasn't it either because of the spasms. I don't know if you experience any rapid heart beat at times when this happens or not. I do. Not everytime, but sometimes. I was finally sent to the cardiologist where I had an echo and was placed on a heart monitor for 30 days. It turns out I had some sort of tachachardia(sp?). I can't remember the exact medical term. I always have to ask my husband. Turns out a lot of people actually have this and go their whole lives withought knowing because theirs is so minor. However, there are people like me who it happened to be a little worse on so I began to notice. This started when I was 26 years old. I still have it every now and then, but it is not a daily/weekly thing anymore. My doc told me that it is triggered by caffeine, stress, antihistimines, some migraine medicines, and nose sprays. So if you are doing mroe than one of those then you might try stopping to see if it lightens up. Good luck! I know how it feels to know something is wrong with you and no one can seem to find the problem!

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Jo, Community Member
5/ 2/10 9:11am

Hi,

I'm replying to you because you seem to have the most similar story to me. I am a 40ish woman too and have been experiencing a sharp pain under left breast that does not hurt to touch. Seems internal. It started out once in a while within the last 6 to 8 months. Now it is there all the time and a sharp, stabbing pain when I breathe in deep or lie down and turn from side to side. My internal medicine dr. did a mammo (needed one anyway) and an ex-ray, which I knew would not find the real problem. She told me to see if Ibubrofen helps with the pain. My feeling has been, why would I try and mask something that could be a bigger problem.
She did originally suggest that she could go further and get a CT, but called me the nurse called with results of x-ray and didn't even tell me to schedule the CT. Really feel like they don't think it's a big deal. However, I'm worried that they may be missing something. The odd thing about me, and I did feel alittle crazy telling my dr. this, is that for a few months now, I feel lmy heartbeat in my left ear. It's almost that loud and hard that it pulses in my ear! I think I have been experiencing rapid heartbeat, mostly at night, but I didn't tell her that at the time. I read about your tachardia(sp?) and it sounds similiar. Do you think I should pursue going back in to a cardiologist? Just don't feel like it's being taken seriously and maybe it's nothing serious, but I don't enjoy feeling pain in my chest. I tell my hubby, if I die in my sleep or something you knew my symptoms and be sure to address it with the doctor. Just afraid of not taking it serious and then dying as a result.  Let me know what you think. Thanks a bunch for everyone's information on this.

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John, Community Member
7/14/10 9:54pm

Hello, while it may be nothing, I recommend going back to your cardioligist. I also had the heartbeat in my ear. It drove me crazy at night. I also had back pain. I ignored it until one night when I had my first heart attack. Luckly, that night I decided to go to the ER. I was there for less than 5 minutes when I coded in the ER and fell to the floor - dead. If I had not been at the ER I would not have made it - even being there they only gave me a 5% chance of making it. I woke up from a coma 4 days later wih massive heart damage. It has been a 5 year struggle to reclain my life. Never take the chance! If I would have gone earlier, I could have had a couple of stents and gone home the next day. As is turned out I will be dealing with the consequences of my inaction for the rest of my life. I now have palpitations and other issues. I exercise 3-4 days a week now and am on a strict diet. I am in better shape than I have been in years - but I could have saved myself a lot of grief if I had only gone back to my Dr.

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Les, Community Member
1/25/11 9:14am

Mitral Valve Prolapse. Causes fatigue, depression, sharp pains. Look it up.

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alex, Community Member
10/12/09 10:31pm

im 14, and i get the same thing. i have no idea what to do either? i guess i have to tell my parents. but when i got it i thought it was no big deal and it would just pass. I was so worried, because it's so random. I only get it like ever month and for no reason. It's only when i lay on my left, and i cant get any sleep because im so worried about my breathing.

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sps, Community Member
10/13/09 3:40pm

Alex tell you parents, have it looked at, so you don't have to worry so much. Can I say for 14 yrs old, I give you credit for caring enough about it, to take the time to look it up go online, and respond. You are determined to find the answers, shows courage and tenacity, I don't know many if any 14 yr.olds that have this spirit.  Good for You!

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marsha123456, Community Member
10/19/09 5:32pm

omg! alex the same thing is happing to me too! im also 14.

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sophie, Community Member
10/28/09 9:34pm

omg me too, im 13 though!

idk what to do.

and thats what my mom does too- she just acts like its nothing. :(

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sophie, Community Member
10/28/09 9:34pm

omg me too, im 13 though!

idk what to do.

and thats what my mom does too- she just acts like its nothing. :(

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Prin428, Community Member
11/19/09 2:53pm
That's terrible! Sometimes moms might not understand the seriousness of your complaints or may write it off as growing pains. You will have lots of those over the next few years! Maybe you should try going to your father or maybe even just talking to the school nurse and sometimes hearing it from another adult might get your parents attention....good luck to you and I wish for the best! Reply
sophie, Community Member
10/28/09 9:34pm

omg me too, im 13 though!

idk what to do.

and thats what my mom does too- she just acts like its nothing. :(

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Joie, Community Member
1/ 8/10 5:56pm

Im 13 years old, and ive been gettign this for a while, i actually had it the other night..and it was super strong stabbing...one of the worst. Ive gone tot the doctor and they have checked me out...When i was little they said that they wanted to test me becasue my heart was in amazing condition and that student doctors should hear it. But just at the begining of this year, my doctor sent me to some special doctor...They gave me a heart monitor and i wore it for the time being...When i got my results they showed nothing wrong with me. I also have a heart murmur, and heart palapatation(if thats how u spell it) I guess thats a part of it. At the same time i have lack of iron and Vitamin B12, so i take surscribed pills for that. I found out about the lack of stuff because i get dizzy alot, when i move really quick or get up fast. The worst time was when i had fell down while walking to the kitchen becasue my legs went numb and i couldnt see. Thats when i realized something was wrong.... I get really scared sometimes.. so if anyone can explain why this is happening i would really areciate it....

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Sig, Community Member
1/10/11 11:04pm

im 15 and started gettin this just a little bit ago. I have weird virus that is going around that stays around for a long time, and at first i thought it was just part of the virus. It had just been very tender and I had heartburn with the virus, but now i feel sharp pain there every once in a while. I told my mom that it was sore there, but not about the sharp pain, and I keep freaking out and having trouble sleeping at night because I am so scared and it aches at night--not the sharp pain, just aches. I should probably tell my mom but she is getting tired of hearing all of my symptoms and will probably not think it is anything. any ideas about what it could be with the aching too?

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RyanRocker, Community Member
10/18/09 3:40pm

Precordial Catch Syndrome

 

I am experiencing it right now, that's why I'm researching it. Google the above condition. I believe most of you will agree that is what you're experiencing. How do I make it stop!!!

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Noli, Community Member
1/14/10 7:27am

I have Precordial Catch Syndrome (PCS) as well.

 

A lot of people get it, especially at adolescence, and unfortunately there isn't anything you can do for it (from what I've studied about it). You will have to wait until you grow out of it.

 

I am 31 now and I've had it since childhood, but they've slowly become less over the years. It is an extremely common occurance. You can help prevent it by keeping good posture while standing or sitting, but even that doesn't always work.

 

With PCS, there are no symptoms except that it feels as if your heart or lungs has become caught on one of your ribs making it hard to breathe- from things like simply being hunched over, even when you are relaxing. Once it goes away, it's completely gone.

 

You can read more info here: Info for Precordial Catch Syndrome or heres Info on PDF 

 

Costochondritis Symptoms from WEBMD.COM:

 

Chest pain associated with costochondritis is usually preceded by exercise, minor trauma, or an upper respiratory infection.

 

The pain usually will be sharp and located on your front chest wall. It may radiate to your back or abdomen and is more common on your left side.

 

The most common sites of pain are your fourth, fifth, and sixth ribs. This pain increases as you move your trunk or take deep breaths. Conversely, it decreases as your movement stops or with quiet breathing.

 

The reproducible tenderness you feel when you press on the rib joints (costochondral junctions) is a constant feature of costochondritis. Without this tenderness, a diagnosis of costochondritis is unlikely.

 

(I also read on the site that it can feel as a dull pain in the chest, not just a sharp one.)

 

You can read more info here: Info for Costochondritis

 

**Both Costochondritis and Precordial Catch Syndrome seemingly occur most often on the left side of the chest. Both can create a dull or sharp pain and may last any where from seconds to the rare occasions of 30 mins, it varies with everyone. The biggest difference is that Costochondritis has radiated pain, where as PCS has none. Also PCS occurs in adolescence and eventually goes away with age, whereas Costochondritis is typical for middle age women.

 

If you feel that you have symptoms described above or on either links provided, then you should see a doctor immediately to rule out any pre-existing heart conditions.  Remember: It's ALWAYS better to trust your life with a doctor's knowledge- than to trust it with the internet!!!

 

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Amory, Community Member
2/ 2/10 12:47am

I have all of the above described symptoms, except each time it happens it lasts way longer than 30 minutes. More like 1-3 days at a time.

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Noli, Community Member
2/18/10 9:30pm

You should definitely see a doctor if it's lasting that long.

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leon, Community Member
10/21/09 12:54am

i also get this pain im 19 and a male and been gettin them everyday for the past 3 years started off bad happend all the time but now its usualy at a persific time of 5 - 530 am. Iv also been in and out of hospital for the past 5 months with short term memory and constant twitching all over my body started off at the start of the year with shaking in my hands and legs but docters dont no what it is. i also try and move around and try to find a position to make the pain go away but it hurts more. If anyone has any information or has had this same problem or still has it i would like to no more about it. please contact me on here or by email on Lil-Leon7@hotmail.com.

 

thank you for your time in reading this and for any help given.

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Erika, Community Member
10/27/09 8:12pm

I know exactly what you're talking about. I make a huge deal out of everything, almost everything is a life or death situation with me and I found the article really helpful. If it can ease my mind it will surely help yours. I can feel comfortable saying you're likely just fine, but since the internet is no way to get a medical condition checked I suggest you see a doctor as well.

 

Here's the link!

 

 http://www.failedsuccess.com/index.php?/weblog/comments/precordial_catch_syndrome_chest_pain/

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GEORGE, Community Member
10/28/09 11:00am

I have had this problem for a number of years now and I am now 22 years old. It comes from knowhere and last 10-15 seconds. I find it impossible to take deep breaths as it feel like my heart is going to explode! So i take small rapid, shallow breaths and build it up from there. I also find that hitting or punching the area where it hurts makes it go away!!! Wierd!!

 

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Erika, Community Member
10/28/09 7:26pm

Yep, that's exactly what i've experienced. I'm happy to say that I'm completely healthy and doctors have found no medical issues that cause it. In rare cases such symptoms may be from an underlying cause and it's ALWAYS helpful to get a doctors opinion.

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Prin428, Community Member
11/19/09 2:49pm

I started getting the same pain...left side of breast bone under my breast that started only sporadically and drops me to my knees when it hits.  It has morphed into a terribly frequent issue.  It happens at least once an hour and lasts anywhere from a couple of minutes to half an hour. It is startling to anyone around me when it happens....all i can tell them is it will pass!  That is what confuses me!  When it first started I was able to relieve the pain a little bit by lying down which now only makes it worse.  I have been sick alot lately with resperatory issues i.e. colds n such.  As a matter of fact they believe I had the h1n1 virus two weeks ago.  I am unisured and cannot go to dr....any ideas would be amazing and  appreciated.  btw I am 37 and in fairly good health except for all the colds and stuff over the last 4 months or so...... HELP!!! Thank you....M

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Prin428, Community Member
11/19/09 2:56pm
Sorry...one last thought....I work full time, travel alot for work and go to school 3/4 time.....can stress cause something like this n if so any other ideas? (can only take so much out of the matrix right now) The pain is like someone is plunging a knife into my chest....it only gets worse with deep breaths so I find myself light headed sometimes from my short shallow breaths while trying to minimize pain! Reply
Kari, Community Member
11/30/09 3:08am

I actually thought that I was the only one with this problem. I'm 19 now, and I've had this for maybe since I was a preteen, but I never bothered asking anyone about it. It just happened a few minutes ago while I was sitting in front of my computer so I decided to search it which led me to here! Happens to me about once every other month, which scares me sometimes, but I'm glad to hear that it's not life-threatening (:

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Kari, Community Member
11/30/09 3:15am

I forgot to mention, I'm not sure how long this would last on its own, but whenever I get that sharp pain, I would put my left hand into a fist and hit that area a few times, like how people pound their chest when they eat something difficult to swallow. The pain I get lasts maybe 5-10 seconds because this is what I always do to make it go away. I hit area right below my left chest on the side a couple of times. I'm not sure if it's good for my body to be doing that, but it works.

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Kari, Community Member
11/30/09 3:15am

I forgot to mention, I'm not sure how long this would last on its own, but whenever I get that sharp pain, I would put my left hand into a fist and hit that area a few times, like how people pound their chest when they eat something difficult to swallow. The pain I get lasts maybe 5-10 seconds because this is what I always do to make it go away. I hit area right below my left chest on the side a couple of times. I'm not sure if it's good for my body to be doing that, but it works.

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Nikki, Community Member
12/16/09 5:46pm

This also sounds like a gallbladder attack.I had mine out years ago but still get that same pain you do under the breast. I find that massaging the muscle helps at first but causes muscular pain the next day. Sorry for our pain at such young ages!!!

 

 

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Stacey, Community Member
12/17/09 1:48am

I'm 44 years old and in April 2009, I woke up with pain under my left breast.  Each breath and movement made my chest hurt.  My right arm eventually began to feel tingly.  Since I was at work at the time, my boss called 911.  I was taken by ambulance to the hospital.  The diagnosis?  Costochondritis.  I did not have anymore pain like that until November 2009.  I went to my doctor and she confirmed that I have Costochondritis.  Like everyone else has said, anything with ibruprofen should help.  She told me to take ibruprofen in the morning and evening for three months.  When I asked her if this had to do with age, she said it sometimes does.  She said to also avoid heavy lifting.  She said that if I ever experience naseau and/or sweating with the pain, I should go to the emergency room.

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Susanlynne, Community Member
12/30/09 4:46pm

Seek out the advice of a qualified physician always, but I can tell you: I get this too. My symptoms are:

 

Stabbing/throbbing pain on the left side of the chest, ribcage area near the breast and sometimes including pain in the breast.

Temporary immobility (more from fear of aggravating the condition)

Trouble taking deep breaths due to stabbing pain

 

I believe that a combination of little things can combine to bring on this pain; most of all, pressure that builds up due to things like trapped gas, forgetting to breath or not breathing correctly, and having larger breasts, which are more prone to painful pressure from ill-fitting bras the thin straps of which create a pressure point at the top of the shoulder and the bottom of the breast when not fully or adequately supported. Oddly enough, I sometimes get it when just lying in bed when I am not wearing a bra. In this case, I believe that gravity creates its own pressure. I heard that fuller figured woman should sleep in a bra but I just can't get comfortable like that. For anyone else who suffers from this, my suggestion is to be fitted for a very supportive bra, preferably one with wider and/or cushioned straps. These bras can be expensive, though. If you're worried about cost, then Just My Size and Cross Your Heart each make a bra constructed for full-figured women with wide straps and fuller coverage.

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Linda, Community Member
1/ 2/10 8:52pm

I got these symptoms every so often when I was a teenager and young-20s.  During my life, it has come and gone but not frequent.  Suddenly, I am 67, a series of "attacks" of this nature have begun.  I don't think it has anything to do with breast size as mine are now average and when I was younger; quite small.  I get the pain several times a day and often at night while asleep.  I am switching from one side to the other and a searing pain wakes me up.  Rolling onto my back and relaxing helps it dissipate.  Then the area under the rib and breast feels like a truck has rolled over it.  I went to my doc who prescribed Gas-X as a starting point.  EKG and blood test for organ function came back fine.  Since taking the Gas-X, I have noticed a reduction but not elimination of symptoms.  I think the Osteochondritis or whatever it's called is a possibility as is precordial-catch-syndrome.  That is attributed to young people mostly so some of the teenagers who have been writing in probably have that.  It is harmless even though painful.  I think, bottom-line, as long as tests come back negative, this is a painful, but benign event that hopefully will go away in time.  Using ibuprophen or Aleve is certainly appropriate.  But to be sure you know what you are dealing with.....DO SEE A DOCTOR!

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SurferGirl, Community Member
1/ 5/10 5:30am

Well I just want to add that I too suffer from this crazy thing.  Years ago I used to get a similar pain under my ribcage on the right had side.  Doc suspected gall stones and an ultrasound showed gall was fine.  It disappeared and until recently but this time in the left chest - in the pectoral muscle above my breast (I'm only small in the bust so I don't think size has anyting to do with it).  My first attack was chronic - I was in the supermarket paying for groceries and felt like I'd been electrocuted - the pain was that sudden - it was like "boom" & that strong and I couldn't take a proper breath as it made the pain intensify.  It lasted 20 minutes and I ended up going to the ER - I was crying because I really truly thought I'd had a heart attack - there was a nagging dull pinching feeling for several hours after the chronic pain had subsided - it felt perhaps like a cramp in the muscle which finally relaxed but you know when you get a cramp in your leg how it still feels dull and achy afterwards.  The ER did an ECG and took blood tests to see if I had the enzymes in my blood that get realeased after a heart attack and all was clear.  I panicked when it happened because I've never encountered anything so severe and the fact that I couldn't take a deep breath made me feel light headed - I think I might have even had a mild shock cause I felt cold and of course I was scared so my heart was racing...it's been 1 & 1/2 months since that first chronic pain and almost every day since I've had minor nagging pains there - sometimes it feels like a bubble is trapped there - I often ask my husband to press in hard under the shoulder blade and I try massaging the pectoral muscle.  I'm so relieved to hear of so many others who suffer this...the other thing is...I'm a surfer and think that the costochondritis could be what's causing mine - obviously copious amounts of paddling over the past 20 years - I tried to go surfing the other day and just lying on the board my breastbone was so so so so painful, with every paddle stroke, I could feel pain in my breastbone but after 20 minutes or so the muscle pain had subsided - perhaps the excercise loosened up the muscles.  I'm going to see if the doc can either xray or ultrasound the breastbone/ribs/muscles to see if there is inflammation there and diagnose this properly.  I do think it's important for anyone with this kind of pain to first rule out heart related causes - once you've done this, you can have a peace that when you get these pains it's just a muscle cramp and just try to relax - I think the more you relax, the quicker the cramp will subside - there may even be some kind of minerals you can take to help minimise cramps eg. magnesium/potassium etc...I don't know which but I'm going to find out.  Wink

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another voice, Community Member
1/10/10 10:24pm

Please post if you find out anything about minerals.  I know exactly what you mean about the "bubble."  Sometimes it also feels like muscle or something is "rolling" over my rib where the pain is the worse.  I've started taking a 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric mixed in 50cc of milk twice a day to help with the inflammation.  A friend also recommended seeing a physical therapist...has anyone found this or massage helpful?  This discussion has been extremely valuable.

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ansen84, Community Member
2/ 3/10 11:58am

Hello sps,

I wish I could give you an exact answer. YOu definitely need to get yourself checked with a doctor for EKG and blood test. Like other people here said, GERD, costochrondritis, precordial catch syndrome, acid reflux, panic disorder and panic attack... all of these cause pain on the chest and sharp stabbing pains on or around the heart. I'm 25 now. Mine started when I was in middle school. back then it only occured maybe once or twice a year for like 5 to 10 seconds. I didn't know and I didn't care. after high school, the numbers increased. It just came outta nowhere and it happened while i was layin on couch or standing. Doesn't matter. I couldn't move, like you said, till it went away. I remember 2 severe ones that hurt my heart so bad, I couln't take deep breaths, coz when I tried I had that stabbin shart pain in my heart. it is just terrible. you feel like you are having heart attack or something. Everything comes to your mind at that point, such as death. but here is the most important point. If you really try not to panic, and try to take small, shallow breaths, in 0-30 minutes it completely goes away, as if nothing happened. FIrst I thought it was panic attack, then my doc told me to have endoscopy. They found h-pylori which lived in my stomach many years and after mutating, gave reflux type diseases and attacked my heart muscles. But again, i don't know, it could be anything. all I know my ekg and blood tests came clear. So there could be 30 different reasons. But def see a doc. If it s not your heart, trust me, it shouldn't be very very seriuos. u jus gotta learn to live with it and fight it. never panic, never give up! take care!

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angelica, Community Member
2/16/10 7:28pm

I am feeling pains just above my heart area. What is this?

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ufsports, Community Member
3/31/10 11:46am

I am a 37 year old male and I have had this for many years - too many to really remember when it started. I am a very healthy male but when you have kids the physical activity and working out seems to greatly diminish. I have always attributed odd body aches to a lack of exercise.

 

I don't go to the doctor - not enough money. I own my own business and I can't afford health insurance.

 

About 2-4 times a month when I first lay down at night, I can't lay on my left side. I get odd pains near my heart. I can lay on my back and I can almost always lay on my right side. Slow breaths (shallow at first and then working them into deeper and deeper) seems to help reduce the pain. Eventually I can lay on my left side, which is the only side I can sleep on. Proping a pillow under my right arm seems to take some of the pressure off.

 

I personally have tried to figure this out and it seems to me like gas pains especially those with spicy foods. I love hot, spicy foods and I get the pains more after eating spicy foods.

 

This is not a consistent pain.

 

I have taken martial arts that allows the mind to think really deeply so I have laid there really trying to think what is going on. The pain is not in the heart, but near it. I have checked my heartbeat and it is a little high/faster than normal so apparently spicy gas mixed with a higher than normal heartbeat and a little high blood pressure is what is doing this.

 

Is it serious? Probably not. Could it kill us one day - hopefully not! I try to be optomistic in everything I do and have to deal with. Being negative only increases our daily problems!

 

Jamie

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SHORTIE, Community Member
4/14/10 10:39am

hi.. i've read most of the reviews about this an apparently is called precordial catch syndrome and it totally make sence, now the only thing im concerned about is tht everybody here and other sites online says it'd last about 5-10 minutes then i'd go oway; mine, i have as i write this, i couldnt sleep the entire nite last nite because of it. i was very scared at first until i checked exactly what it was online. i've taken a few deep breaths (which hurts alot) but nothing. im only 19 but i smoke often, last night right before i went to sleep (i didnt have the pain yet) i was watching this sad movie and i was crying my eyes off.. breathing hard; you know. could tht have something to do with this????? HELP!!

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ansen84, Community Member
4/16/10 11:55am

Hey Shortie,

absolutely.. That could be the reason. My first big attack came years ago right after I watched Will Smith's movie "I am Legend". It was sad and scary. And I was really depressed that week. and plus seeing that movie made my morale worse. People were also always talking about 2012 those days. The psychiatrist that I visited back then said I might have panic disorder. I think I did. But im sure its almost gone now. She said that you might have it but not notice it for years and it is always in your brain. It makes you paranoid more and more. you are always cautious, which is good but more than ever, and she also said a person with deeper thinking/analyzing ability is always more likely to have this kind of pains that mimic asthma and heart attacks. That is people who always thinks about all things deeply, such as about the universe, life, future, wars, and etc. Trust me with your brain, you can overcome any problem in this world. It is your biggest enemy, and also it is your best friend. Increasing stres level along with h-pylori bacteria in my stomach made everything worse.  and just like your age, soon as I started high school, pains increased but for like seconds in the beginning. then till last year I had a few attacks that lasted between 10 - 30 minutes. I though I was having heart attack and couldn't breath and that makes you get cold and dizzy. If you don't have h-pylori or similar stomach problem, go to a cardiologist first then to a psychiatrist definitely. and yea yours could be precordial catch syndrome or Costochondritis. and most important of all, let me tell you, the pills are helpful but they mess up our immune system also. be careful with the anti-depressant, soothing pills if you have to use them. their side effects are terrible. but just don't sit home and expect it to disappear. Go to a doctor. That's a must. That s how I improved my condition. It was just like your. I had always breathing problem. heart beat problem. today it s all gone. i mean almost. thank god. meditation is also the best. that s how i avoided the pills and said to my self, "I ll beat this disease on my own!"... that was to key to defeat the fear! take care! hope u feel better. don't be afraid, just go to a doc soon as u can... bye.

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diejam, Community Member
6/13/10 7:43am

I started getting these when I was about 6years old. Its like a stabbing, tight pain in the chest. I found that I needed to take small breathes as well otherwise it really hurt. If i ignored that it was hurting and breathed in heavily i would then feel a cracking pain which was WAY too painful to continue. So i just waited for it to pass.

 

I went to the doctor and they couldn't find anything wrong with me.

Over the years it has come and gone but I have figured out, for me, why I was getting it. I found that when I drank coca cola often that the chest pains would start. I also ate a lot of chocolate back then so it's possibly the caffine (not sure, but definitely was the cola).

So i just stayed away from coke now, I only have it like once a week, and I don't drink coffee. This is just a guess that it's caffine though, all i know is to stay away from coke!! I'm 23 now and haven't had a chest pain in over 5years.

 

Hope this helps.

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christinakay, Community Member
6/23/10 4:05am

im a 24f (mom) and i've been experiencing this pain for years.

 

ive worried that it was breast cancer, heart attacks, or a lymphatic problem.

 

does anyone else experience a lingering pain under their armpit after these episodes?

 

i am very relieved to read that this is so common.

 

thanks <3

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christinakay, Community Member
6/23/10 4:06am

im a 24f (mom) and i've been experiencing this pain for years.

 

ive worried that it was breast cancer, heart attacks, or a lymphatic problem.

 

does anyone else experience a lingering pain under their armpit after these episodes?

 

i am very relieved to read that this is so common.

 

thanks <3

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Lucky in Love, Community Member
9/24/10 1:25pm

I am glad that you went to the doctor and they found out what was wrong with you.  I was in the military and suffered with this off and on for about 2 yrs without a diagnosis.  I was sent to a cardiologist and sent through a whole gammet of tests which all came back normal.  So there I was still suffering, but with no diagnosis.   My heart was perfectly fine, so why was I having this chest pains.  I went from doctor to doctor and eventually my symptoms subsided.  In the meantime I  started training in the martial arts.  After 6 months, the pain came back.  I went in to see a new doctor (never see the same doc twice in the military). The first thing he asked was had I had an accident or been hit in the ribs.  I said that I take the martial arts, and a couple of weeks into training I had been kicked so hard, I got 2 ribs broken...thus triggering my symptoms to come back.  He looked at me and said I know exactly what you have.  He said you have chronic costochondritis, which is when it reoccurs frequently.  He prescribed me mobic until I was pain free for 6 months with no occurance.  Then I went off the meds.  It got scary for those 2 yrs that I went undiagnosed.  There were frequent visits to the ER as my loved ones watch me almost gasping for air, as it was hard to breath I was in so much pain.  Of course they did nothing but send me home after the EKG came back normal.  I still get episodes, but not as frequent.  I haven't done martial arts in 7 months...and started back up this past week and 2 days later I had an episode.  But at least I know what it is and I know what to do.  Good luck with your case.  I am just glad that I am not the only one experiencing this....I thought I was all alone.

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Tylerj21, Community Member
9/24/10 4:54pm

i have had this prob myself and its acid reflux you might not think so but i've been to the doctor for it and the hospital a few times its a terrible sharp pain and i take medicine for it now and i seem to do much better so you should see a gas stomach doctor type person i forgot what they are called but spicy foods or ketchup mustard mayo or anything ranch anything with a spice can set it off and sometime you'll get a little one for a few secs then gone sometimes its one that can last for a good 30 mins or more

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Jeanne, Community Member
9/28/10 4:17pm

I have had this since my twenties.  My mom called them "anxiety pains" but I have worried and complained for decades to my cardiologist about them.  Finally I found a site that explained what is probably happening.  Search for Precordial Catch Syndrome.

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Helz, Community Member
10/14/10 8:42pm

I get exactly the same! Nothing in particular triggers it either - it'll just happen out of nowhere! I panic and assume it is "The big C" but I've had it sporadically occur for at least 10 years! I've got a very healthy lifestyle so I'm pretty sure it's not heart related - it just feels there is a trapped nerve in the pec. My physio says I'll have to get x-ray to see what it could be - but I just think its muscle/nerve related.

Hope that helps?

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Franz Redway, Community Member
10/23/10 12:01am

So im having the sharp pain the the left side of my chest, idk what to do the more i breath in the more it hurst ,, i feel like im not going make it tonight .. the pain is killing me im now thinkin to myself could i die from this ?

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Grissybby, Community Member
10/25/10 4:21am

Hi SPS,

 

I can relate to you, i been going trough the same stage and am only 19 one time i woke up an my heart hurted well am not sure if it was the heart it was a pain on the left side maybe under the breast or lower so i would breath and it hurted to take a deep breath so it would hurt a little and go away i was tryn to switch position to how i was laying down and it hurted more, i a just went to sleep and wen i woke up it was gone ,am quiet worried ive read alot about heart attacks and it makes me sad plus i dont want to cry because it hurts more, also sometimes when i laff hard the pain comes. Its really scary though they say theres no such things as mini heart attacks. So now am thinking of talkin to my doctor and you should to, were still young and have a hole future.

 

-Griselda

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griselda08, Community Member
10/25/10 4:22am

Hi SPS,

 

I can relate to you, i been going trough the same stage and am only 19 one time i woke up an my heart hurted well am not sure if it was the heart it was a pain on the left side maybe under the breast or lower so i would breath and it hurted to take a deep breath so it would hurt a little and go away i was tryn to switch position to how i was laying down and it hurted more, i a just went to sleep and wen i woke up it was gone ,am quiet worried ive read alot about heart attacks and it makes me sad plus i dont want to cry because it hurts more, also sometimes when i laff hard the pain comes. Its really scary though they say theres no such things as mini heart attacks. So now am thinking of talkin to my doctor and you should to, were still young and have a hole future.

 

-Griselda

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griselda08, Community Member
10/25/10 4:22am

Hi SPS,

 

I can relate to you, i been going trough the same stage and am only 19 one time i woke up an my heart hurted well am not sure if it was the heart it was a pain on the left side maybe under the breast or lower so i would breath and it hurted to take a deep breath so it would hurt a little and go away i was tryn to switch position to how i was laying down and it hurted more, i a just went to sleep and wen i woke up it was gone ,am quiet worried ive read alot about heart attacks and it makes me sad plus i dont want to cry because it hurts more, also sometimes when i laff hard the pain comes. Its really scary though they say theres no such things as mini heart attacks. So now am thinking of talkin to my doctor and you should to, were still young and have a hole future.

 

-Griselda

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sara lyn, Community Member
10/29/10 4:28pm

heey, my name is sara i am 14 years old .. and i fell in the bath a few days ago, and i been geting bad bad pains on the right side under my breast and i am over weight .. i keep eating and eating. so anyways it all started i got up this moring feeling really good and that night before i went to bed i ate alot of sour candy .. and drank pop. i woke up and i felt good and i went to school and like at 10ish .. i started feeling these bad pains so i whent home and now im sill haveing them ! 

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Marc, Community Member
10/31/10 1:38pm

I hade open-heart surgery for this! You have to get an echocardiogram (a sonogram of your heart), not an EKG. I had all the same symptoms that are attributed to precordial catch syndrome (PCS) and the echo quickly showed that my right coronary artery came from the wrong side of the aorta, thus clamping the blood flow. 

Notice: echos are expensive (up to $2,000 all-inclusive) so they're only feasible if you have good insurance. Also, I might have been born with PCS and also a congenital heard disorder, so I don't know if the two are linked. In any case, if just one person with this sharp chest pain gets an echo, then everyone in the world who shows the same symptoms will know whether or not they have a heart problem. 

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Metal_Melissa, Community Member
11/15/10 4:48pm

Hi, my name is Melissa and I'm 16. I had just began having chest pains a few weeks ago. I don't remember having any history of hurting my chest. My chest pain happens randomly usually located near the left side of my chest. It hurts to breath deep (like a stabbing pain) but I do anyways, because after-wards the pain is relieved. But that pain seems different from the one I had a few weeks ago, because it wasn't as severe and wouldn't go away by breathing deeply. It didn't last long maybe 5-10 minutes at  most..I started to become worried so I searched on here for help. Also I noticed since after that pain had happened-now when ever I exercise such as doing aerobics at school my whole chest will hurt (mostly in the middle). So can any one help or give suggestions? I'm thinking about going to the doctor if it happens again or continues hurting while exercising.

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cinders, Community Member
11/28/10 4:06am

Of all the threads I've found on Google, this is the best one. I'm a 32 year old and I've had this problem my whole life. It's totally random, I usually get it maybe once a year if that. In fact, I find that when I'm in shape, I don't get them as often (but this may or may not be a coincidence). I just had a slight attack, the first in a very long time. The pain is excruciating and I can't breathe in. I find that I have to breathe ouutttt, inhale a little, breathe out more, inhale a little, breathe out more, and eventually the pain subsides.

 

This time, I felt myself getting nervous. So I got up and made myself Ovaltine while having the attack lol. I have no clue what it is. It was worse when I was a little kid. But this thread is somewhat of a godsend. Doctors won't ever find a cause for this. But at least we know we're all gonna live (thanks 60-year old! lol).

 

 

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Matt, Community Member
11/29/10 9:09pm

I've had this for a year and im only 15. i found that streching out a little bit will make go away a little faster. and i don't know what it is but it happens to me all the time especially right in the middle of school.. Can it be fatal?

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joan Mackey, Community Member
12/ 9/10 1:50pm

Is it gas or Heart problems?????????

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bballplaya4life, Community Member
9/14/11 10:20pm

gasLaughing

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joan Mackey, Community Member
12/ 9/10 1:50pm

Is it gas or Heart problems?????????

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heather, Community Member
12/27/10 2:49am

i have the same pain, and i have gotten it for  long as i can remember. i currently have it now, but it is the worst it has ever been so i tried to look it up online when i found this site. right now the pain is sharp, hurts when i move or breathe deep, and is under my right breast, although sometimes i get it under my left also. i am 21 years old and am on the pill. a friend of mine told me this pain was a gas pain, but right now i am now convinced it is gas. i am happy i found this site and realized i am not the only on with this issue, but i wish there was a clear answer as to why this pain randomly comes. right now i am laying in bed hoping it will go away soon :(

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Lil Mo 2, Community Member
12/27/10 4:24pm

I hve this same problem and i've had it for as long as i've known myself. i got it checked out twice now i'm older by two different doctors and the both told me the same thing. They said it was because the muscles or joints around my heart gets swollen at times.They prescribed me some mediation and it works for a good couple of months maybe even a year. But i think the pain will always come back. but i'm gonna go check mines again

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Hi, Community Member
1/ 9/11 9:20pm

This has happened to me too. My name is Lindsay and I am only 15 years old. I have been getting these weird sharp pains in my left side since I can remember. I just had this pain about 10 minutes ago and I decided to look it up to see what it could be. The only answer I got online was something called pericardial catch syndrome (PCS). All the symptoms listed match up. I was just sitting on the couch and moved quickly and the pain started. It hurt really bad to get up but I managed to get up and move over to my computer to look it up. The pain is still there right now, but it is not as bad as it was about 10 minutes ago. I am not sure if stress it related, but it is possible because I have finals this week. I have told my parents about the pain, but they say it is nothing. However, I am very worried about it because it is very painful.

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Stacie Burke, Community Member
2/10/11 4:08pm

I have the sharp pain at times too.  I have seen a dr. several times and my heart is fine.  I just recently found this information online-

Do you ever get a piercing pain in your chest, usually on your left side under your rib, which almost feels like a bubble ready to burst?

It causes you to catch your breath, and you try not to breathe in or breathe out too much because it's extremely painful either way. You take short, staggered breaths and try not to move. Finally, you work up the courage to take a sharp inhale or exhale. You feel a sensation similar to a bubble bursting and the pain is gone.

What is this strange sensation that is so painful and uncomfortable? It is actually a very common condition and most people have experienced it. The medical term for this occurrence is Precordial Catch Syndrome.

Many people mistakenly believe that they are having a heart attack at the onset of this type of pain. While the pain is strong and located in an area that would seem like the heart, this condition is not a heart attack, nor is it heart related.

Precordial Catch Syndrome (PCS) is the most common cause of recurring chest pain. It is also sometimes known as "a stitch in the side" or "Texidor's twinge". It occurs most often in children and teenagers, but does persist into adulthood as well. The pain occurs just under the left nipple, near where you feel the heart beat most strongly on the front of the chest, and comes on very suddenly.

Nerve DiagramThis extremely sharp pain causes a person to not want to move or breathe. This is where the "catch" part of the name is derived. Any movement or breathing only seems to intensify the pain. The pain usually lasts for around 30 seconds to 1 minute before disappearing. Sometimes the pain will suddenly disappear upon taking a strong breath or moving suddenly as well. This can almost feel like a pop of an imaginary bubble.  After the pain is gone, there is usually a dull ache that lingers.

These onsets of pain can occur frequently, sometimes several times a day, and can occur when exercising, resting, or when in virtually any other state. Doctors have not been able to correlate PCS with any particular triggers, such as heavy activity or the like. However, there are some doctors that believe things like heavy or irregular breathing or even posture could play some type of role in bringing about an episode of PCS.

At this time, doctors and researchers do not know what causes the pain associated with PCS. The most accepted theory is that the pain is the result of a pinched nerve somewhere. Due to the fact that the onsets of PCS are so quick and disappear just as quickly, it's hard for doctors to actually see the condition in action.

While doctors aren't sure of the actual causes, they are sure that it poses no danger. They believe it to be a completely benign condition and is most certainly not cause for alarm. For this reason, there is not a lot of information or studies regarding the physical cause of PCS available. Doctors feel no need to intensify study of something they know to be only a minor inconvenience.

The only real worry is that sometimes, what seemed like PCS, could possibly turn out to be something more serious. The following are signs of more concerning illness:

- Chest pain that extends into the left side of the jaw or arm
- Chest pain that a person describes as a "heavy" feeling
- Pain that does not improve at least a little after 24 hours of regular doses of ibuprofen
- Fever
- Cough, especially a cough that produces phlegm ("flem," or "flame")
- Extreme anxiety with the pain or a feeling of "impending doom"
- Blueness or paleness of the lips or fingernails
- An irregular, rapid, or pounding heart rate
- Marked difficulty breathing or catching one's breath (different from mild pain with breathing)

If any of these occur, please be sure to call your doctor's office right away. These could be indications of a more serious and potentially threatening condition.

DoctorPeople experiencing PCS need no particular treatment at all. Usually, just the reassurance that they aren't having something dangerous happening is all that they need to hear to set their minds at ease. PCS should not interfere with normal activity, and there's no reason to use any form of medication.

If you are experiencing PCS, it may be worth a visit to the doctor just to go over the symptoms to be sure that it is not a different condition that could be more serious. Doctors can easily tell the difference between a serious heart condition and Precordial Catch Syndrome just by talking with the patient, and doing a physical examination.

In the meantime, you can rest assured that your extremely painful, stabbing feeling is completely normal and only a minor inconvenience. And remember, the key to getting rid of the pain quickly is to just work up the courage to take that deep breath, scream in pain, and be done with it.

Further Reading:

- Precordial Catch Syndrome at Pediatric Planet
- Chest Pain at About Kids Health
- Chronic Abdominal and Chest Pains at Postgraduate Medicine
- What Causes Chronic Chest Pain at Pediatric Education
- Some People's Experiences with this chest pain at Med Help International

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Costochondritis is another very common form of chest pain with similar symptoms resulting from soreness of the joints between the ribs, breastbone, and sternum. The pain and soreness typically last longer than that of PCS and have more clearly defined causes and triggers. With adults, the symptoms are pretty similar to that of heart conditions and a person experiencing them should consult with their doctor to make sure that it isn't something more serious. Learn more about Costochondritis at EMedicineHealth.com (Thanks Jake)

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sps, Community Member
2/13/11 4:50pm

Hi Jake,

 

Thanks for all the information on PCS, I think it will help many who end up here. I never thought sharing what was happening to me, would bring about so many responses and a place for many to vent their frustrations and concerns.

I have read all the comments more than once, it takes courage to voice what may or may not be a health issue. I just want to say thank-you to all of you who have shared your stories and insights, everytime I come back to this sight I learn something new.  Thanks Susan (aka SPS)

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Ragen, Community Member
2/17/11 3:33pm

Nice to come across this thread, I have experienced all of this many times over my last 41 years - on average maybe once every few years.  I never saw a doctor (becuase I am a man and never go to the doctor :-) as the pain never devlepoded into further 'heart attach symptoms' and the pain always went away.  Thanks to the gal who mentioned PCS.  I looked up Pericardial Catch Syndrome and that is EXACTLY what this is.  Nice to know finally, after all of these years - PCS.

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jasmine.desiree, Community Member
2/21/11 10:42pm

I have to say, it was a bit relieving to find all these responses of other people having the same symptoms. I have had this sharp pain on my left side (under my left breast, somewhat in my heart area) since I was 14, and every doctor I have gone to, tells me it is fine and its not. They all do the same thing, listen to me breathe and say "I didn't hear anything, everything sounds fine" But if the pain is not happening at that time, of course they are not gonna hear anything. This whole thing is so weird to me, and of course painful. Within the last 2 months, it has been happening more frequent. Every day, I get few of these attacks and it scares me. I will be checking back here regularly to see if anyone finds out any more news on this.

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jasmine.desiree, Community Member
2/21/11 10:51pm

I have to say, it was a bit relieving to find all these responses of other people having the same symptoms. I have had this sharp pain on my left side (under my left breast, somewhat in my heart area) since I was 14, and every doctor I have gone to, tells me it is fine and its not anything to worry about. They all do the same thing, listen to me breathe and say "I didn't hear anything, everything sounds fine" But if the pain is not happening at that time, of course they are not gonna hear anything. This whole thing is so weird to me, and of course painful. Within the last 2 months, it has been happening more frequently. Every day, I get a few of these attacks and it scares me. I will be checking back here regularly to see if anyone finds out any more news on this.

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kim, Community Member
2/24/11 5:41pm

pain 4 days now sharp pain left breast  hourts in that spot when i breath  seems like around or below the nipple area....................whAT COULD IT B.........

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Emily, Community Member
3/ 8/11 7:39am

Hi. I'm 20 years old. For a couple of months ive noticed pain under my left breast and rib cage. Sometimes when i took my bra off, it would be very tender and sore. It was never painful enough to worry me greatly, until this morning. I woke up in agony. I felt as though I was having a heart attack, although I knew that wasn't what it was. I was having sharp pains, and extreme difficulty with breathing. I saw my doctor and he felt around the area. The pain felt internal, as in behind my ribs and in between them. He said the muscles had tightened and turned into like a big knot. He also said there was nothing I could do about it and it would go away in about 6 to 8 weeks. Apparently theres not always an explanation as to why it happens. I was horrified when he told me this because the pain felt to significant to be just a muscle knot. I cried and cried for hours, feeling as though I couldnt live with this for 8 weeks. The sharp pains are consistant. As in all day and night without any breaks. I have a 1 year old son and a job I am responsible for and feel like i wont be able to cope with this pain. The doctor gave me a cream that helps with the pain and I've been using heat packs which help a little when trying to sleep. I feel like there could be another explanation for why this is happening and im not convinced it is just a muscle knot as this pain is as bad as contractions in my opinion. I hope it eases up for you and I would suggest seeing a few doctors and getting their opinions.  

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Stewwy, Community Member
3/11/11 2:03am

Heyy

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mandy, Community Member
3/16/11 2:09pm

It could of happened if you poked or mashed your breast.

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inpain, Community Member
3/22/11 11:43pm

i have the same problem as well. it is happening right now. i have been googleing for over an hour and came across this, many of you say that it only last a couple minutes which is usually true for my case. but this time i had just finished swimming and it hit me and has lasted over 2hrs. anyone have any clues?

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scarlett, Community Member
4/27/11 5:37pm

I've been expierincing some pain just like this for a while. i am 15 and have had it for only maybe a year. It's very random and comes and goes when it pleases. it feels like a sharp pain in the left side of my breast. i told my mom about it but she says its nothing. I do believe it is Precordial Catch Syndrome. i googled it after looking at some of the comments on here. it looks like that is exactly what i have.

 

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Heidi, Community Member
4/29/11 3:59pm
I have had these pains on an of all my life, more frequent when I was in my teens.The pain is sharp and comes on quick, I must breath very shallow very slow ,if I move position to much the pain is greatly enhanced. This pain comes with out any warning,no physical or mental stress of any kind. When this episode of pain happens it always feels as if I'm being stabbed in the heart,thats the best I can describe it. I started looking in to this recently when my 21 yr old son started experiencing the same thing,I have never mention this condition to him ,so I was wondering if it is hereditary.Any one out there whose children are exhibiting the same things? Reply
Gracie668525, Community Member
5/14/11 1:12am

hey,

 

Sorry to hear about your problem. I had exactly what you are describing, the first time i went into the ER I was 21, they couldnt find anything wrong with me and they all assumed I was just exaggerating and told me it could be stress. Don't you just love doctors and nurses. I went back the next morning because it woke me up, this time to a different facility. They diagnosed me with pleuresy. My lungs had fluid in them although I wasn't coughing. So they gave me an anti-inflammatory drug and sent me on my way after they did an ekg and xray and blood work, the whole 9 yards. Just 1 month ago, 2 days before my 5 year olds birthday, (4) at the time, I'm 25. I was at the grocery store and felt the pain, this time it was way worse and felt liek my sternum was being crushed, it was the worst pain I have ever felt in my life. My chest got tight, obviously i was freaking out and told someone to call 911 and I had my son with me, husband is deployed in afghanistan.

My son is safe, that was the only thing I was really worried about.

I passed out at some point between the ambulance and the hospital.

I had a heart attack. The first two incidents, may have been MINI attacks, as my cardiologist mentioned they are warning signs.

I was very healthy before, I smoked onlywhen I drank and that was only a few times a year and I routinely worked out and ate extremely healthy. I had a heart attack at a young age. So please, if you are having any kind of pain in your chest, even if the doctors and medical team tell you that everything seems fine and you are still having the pain, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE, get a second or third or fourth opinion, bc at the end of the day, you are responsible for you and even though they are doctors they make mistakes all the time and it can be your life.

So please be careful and I really hope it's nothing for you!

Be safe!

 

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Gracie668525, Community Member
5/14/11 1:12am

hey,

 

Sorry to hear about your problem. I had exactly what you are describing, the first time i went into the ER I was 21, they couldnt find anything wrong with me and they all assumed I was just exaggerating and told me it could be stress. Don't you just love doctors and nurses. I went back the next morning because it woke me up, this time to a different facility. They diagnosed me with pleuresy. My lungs had fluid in them although I wasn't coughing. So they gave me an anti-inflammatory drug and sent me on my way after they did an ekg and xray and blood work, the whole 9 yards. Just 1 month ago, 2 days before my 5 year olds birthday, (4) at the time, I'm 25. I was at the grocery store and felt the pain, this time it was way worse and felt liek my sternum was being crushed, it was the worst pain I have ever felt in my life. My chest got tight, obviously i was freaking out and told someone to call 911 and I had my son with me, husband is deployed in afghanistan.

My son is safe, that was the only thing I was really worried about.

I passed out at some point between the ambulance and the hospital.

I had a heart attack. The first two incidents, may have been MINI attacks, as my cardiologist mentioned they are warning signs.

I was very healthy before, I smoked onlywhen I drank and that was only a few times a year and I routinely worked out and ate extremely healthy. I had a heart attack at a young age. So please, if you are having any kind of pain in your chest, even if the doctors and medical team tell you that everything seems fine and you are still having the pain, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE, get a second or third or fourth opinion, bc at the end of the day, you are responsible for you and even though they are doctors they make mistakes all the time and it can be your life.

So please be careful and I really hope it's nothing for you!

Be safe!

 

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dean, Community Member
5/16/11 4:10pm

well it seems we all have very similar pain,my pains has been on n off for 3 years now sum quite severe and others not so bad, im 25 m and would say im as fit as can be but nothing seemed to cause pain it jus happened one day and has never really left since,it always make me feel like im having a heart attack but have been advised by every doc ive seen it not heart related but also have a constant heavier pain at top left of chest about 2 ribs down which is new this year that same thing has come from nowhere but causes alot of discomfort and panic attacks almost every day,one was bad enuf but now have to to tend with, all iv been advised to do is take anti inflam tablets and dont worry.....yeah like it that easy

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notdead, Community Member
5/18/11 12:47pm

Its not anythig near a heart problem. It is like a sprain in the nerves from either sleeping wrong or carrying heavy stuff.. It will come on like someone is stabbinga sharp knife in your ribs and when you breath it will just increase that senesation. Then as quick as it came it will go away with no after effects... Yuo will not die..

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sps, Community Member
7/ 4/11 2:23pm

Hi thanks for your insight, since the start of this post I have received and read a lot of really good information. I appreciate all the help and words of advice.

Peace to all

 

sps

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kalico890, Community Member
5/25/11 1:10pm

hi i have had this for years its indigestion  really theres nothing to worry about sometimes i  am unable to take a deep breath but its normal dont worry

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sps, Community Member
7/ 4/11 2:18pm

Hi, thanks for your response I don't worry now I take it all in stride!

 

Susan :)

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earthquake, Community Member
8/ 9/11 8:13pm

every one look up pre cardiac catch syndrom its harmless and you will all go thats what i have its a very common problems speialy under 30 but elder can have it to there is prolly nothen realy wrong with any one just google (precardiac catch syndrom)

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katrinajayne, Community Member
9/ 4/11 7:53am

Hi,

  I'm 17 about to be 18 .. iv had this sharp pain in my chest for awhile now .. its on the left side on the sides and under my breast .. it radiates to my left shoulder and collar bone... sometimes it feels as if i cant breath... or something squezzes my chest  for a moment makeing it hard to breath.. when this happens i stop in my tracks , and hold my chest for a moment ... this feeling scares me really badly ... everyone tells me im to young to have a heart attack ,Although thats what it feels like ... This pain gives me anxiity.. and i start shaking .. in fear of going to sleep because im scared i wont wake up.. no one understands how i hurt so constantly , and they think i'm crazy..

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katrinajayne, Community Member
9/ 4/11 7:53am

Hi,

  I'm 17 about to be 18 .. iv had this sharp pain in my chest for awhile now .. its on the left side on the sides and under my breast .. it radiates to my left shoulder and collar bone... sometimes it feels as if i cant breath... or something squezzes my chest  for a moment makeing it hard to breath.. when this happens i stop in my tracks , and hold my chest for a moment ... this feeling scares me really badly ... everyone tells me im to young to have a heart attack ,Although thats what it feels like ... This pain gives me anxiity.. and i start shaking .. in fear of going to sleep because im scared i wont wake up.. no one understands how i hurt so constantly , and they think i'm crazy..

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charles McCullough, Community Member
9/ 9/11 12:48am

stabbing pain on the left side of breast comes and then go hurts when I take a deep breath.

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bballplaya4life, Community Member
9/14/11 10:13pm

It might be what is called PCS. It happens on and off and it can last from 30 seconds too and hour. It is possible that there is gas in that part of the body. The best thing I do to get rid of it is burp alot. If that doesn't work than I do it the hard way. Just breathe in slowly until you feel that sharp bubble feeling pain and it should go away. Usually it will feel like a pop.

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Eileen Smith, Community Member
10/16/12 12:46pm

It's so common.  I have it too. Comes and goes in about 15 seconds.  I never know when it will happen.  I exercise, am in good health, yet it still persists. I've been told it's PCS and nothing serious.

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Danielle, Community Member
10/10/11 6:50pm

Hi I've been fighting with this too. I'm 30 now but I started having it as a child in middle school. Only noticed it when I ran, it hurt to take a breath so I would take really tiny fast breaths so it wouldn't hurt so bad. Doctors couldn't figure out what it was, so I had to stop running. Even had drs notes for gym. It stopped for many years then all the sudden I would get them when I was just sitting at work or relaxing at home. I found putting my feet in the air above my head helped it subside faster, having the blood flow faster to my heart. First I thought I had mitral valve proplapse. One dr said I did another said no so I'm still not sure. Some say its the valve of the heart that gets stuck while opening and closing which causes the pain.

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concerned, Community Member
10/28/11 5:06pm

you have ibs which is caused by weight/stress/gerd after bowel movement pain should go away

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Ptcruiser, Community Member
11/24/11 12:45pm
Hey all... Although several different issues are being discussed here the pain described is actually a momentarily pinched nerve in the back, creating what's called "referred pain" that presents in a different location than the actual cause and it feels as if the lungs being stabbed by a knife when you breath in due to the spine flexing on inhale and pinching the nerve more. Several patients of mine believed they were having a heart attack. For many people the "kink"can be worked out and immediate releif achieved by repetedly hunching then arching the back and neck and doing twists. Reply
Flow, Community Member
3/ 5/12 1:44am

Dear sps & all the other people who are familiar with this,

I have this sharp stabbing pain on the left side of my chest under my breast too. Exactly like Sps's situation. This has been happening ever since I was young. To be more specific, like 2-4 years old is when it started. I am 12 years old right now & months ago, I woke up randomly in the middle of the night with the pain. It lasted for a while, maybe more than 10 minutes & i couldn't breathe heavily & when i'd try to turn it would hurt the left side area under my breast & more in the upper ribcage. I don't know if it's because i'm not fit (i am not overweight nor am i anarexic just not fit because i dont exercise much) or because i just have a problem with my health etc. Please answer back asap! Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. 

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Eileen Smith, Community Member
10/16/12 12:43pm

I have only recently experienced sharp jabs of pain in my left side, under left breast.  It lasts only a few seconds, but is painful.  My heart is fine, so that's not it. I'm a (young) active 66 yr old woman, in good health.  This pain is common, I'm told, and not serious after I had it checked. The fact that I have read so much more about it makes me realize how common it can be.  Until now, I had never heard of it.  It's uncomfortable, but not fatal. Smile

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Eileen Smith, Community Member
10/16/12 12:43pm

I have only recently experienced sharp jabs of pain in my left side, under left breast.  It lasts only a few seconds, but is painful.  My heart is fine, so that's not it. I'm a (young) active 66 yr old woman, in good health.  This pain is common, I'm told, and not serious after I had it checked. The fact that I have read so much more about it makes me realize how common it can be.  Until now, I had never heard of it.  It's uncomfortable, but not fatal. Smile

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Anne, Community Member
2/25/13 10:20am
Hi. It's comforting to know I am not the only one with these pains. I am 37 and healthy, other than these terrible pains. It started when I was 17. Ive seen numerous doctors and everyone has a differnent theory. The pain starts as an ache or muscle strain in my left shoulder blade, then in wraps around under my left breast as the WORST cramp/pain I've ever felt. It's sudden And if I take a deep breathe its worse. So during an "episode" I take shallow breathes. It does feel better when I can pass gas..... However the problem is its difficult to get it out. It feels like my throat is shut. I feel the air move up and then it goes back down. The other strange part is these "episodes" last anywhere from 4 to 10 months and just go away?!? It's so frustrating because during the painful "flare ups" as I call them NOTHING alleviates the pain, but one day it just starts to get better and better until one day it's gone. And then a few years later, it comes back with a vengeance! I've watched my diet, exercise, stress level etc..... There is no formula for why or when it happens!?!? I've tried everything, nexium 2x a day, carafate, imipramine,vallium, gas x, exercise, chiropractic, been through all heart tests, Gi tests, even pulmonary tests, all are normal with the exception of my endoscopy did show esophagal spasms. Im so sick of all tests, theories, accusations that its all in my head and "anxiety". The latest theory is esophagal spasms.... And sadly there is nothin to cure this condition. I've taken all the meds and nothing helps. If anyone out here has any suggestions, please post them! I'm so sick of being sick and feeling like I'm missing out on my life! It's affecting my work, my marriage and overall life! I have to cancel plans all the time because "I feel sick". It's an awful way to have to live! When it is away, I am such a different person who is full of life and them when the pain hits, I shut down and don't want to do anything because the pain is so awful. Reply
GoodSamaritan, Community Member
4/ 2/13 3:32am

Ann, I've also had these pains for many years.

My general doctor (also a VERY good sports medicine doctor) said it is normal to feel these once in a while. He said routine stretching helps. Things to do to make the pain stop are 1) relax, 2) find a middle point between sitting straight and hunching over- this will allow you to take larger breaths 2.5) hunch and straighten the back so that anything that is out of wack, like a muscle or nerve (thanks doc), is released 3) Try to burp a couple of time to speed up the process. it seems something inside moves and helps stop the pain. 4) lay down on back, left, or right side for a couple of minutes (10-15) and then switch position (I did this this last time it happened, and it stopped after switching from my back to right side) 5) If you're brave enough, take a painful deep breath until you feel the famous 'pop.' many have reported that, that is what it took for their pain to go away 6) if you do not exercise, start doing it, especially moderate stretching.

 

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CK, Community Member
8/19/13 7:24pm

I just want to say that I have had this same pain on my left side for so many years but it comes and goes in blocks so that for around a year or so I don't actually get it! I find that standing up straight and taking short breaths until u can increase them slowly is the best way to get rid of it... then like that it's gone like it never happened! 

 

I'm so glad to know that I'm not alone in this and it seems to be quite common after reading these posts! 

 

Good luck x

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PJC9, Community Member
11/14/13 2:33pm

Hi sps.

 

I had this pain under my left breast. after about 2 weeks i found out that i was pregnant. It was the early stages of my pregnancy. i was 6 weeks pregnant. I am now 34 weeks pregnant and i still get the pain. I also had the coil whist the pain was there little didnt i know i was pregnant i had the coil taken out as soon as i found out. It is more likely that your not but take a test just in case. My test came up negative. i had to go to my gp then he told me from there on. He said woman between there 20s and 40s suffer from this pain. Get it checked out soon.

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ellieshel, Community Member
2/ 1/14 5:43am

Hey, 

I think what you are experiencing is Precordial catch syndrome. 

 

it is not believed to be dangerous. It may be due to a cramp, but no one knows why exactly. I get it really bad sometimes. It differs from a heart attack because the pain stays localised, while if it were a heart attack, pain would spread across your body. 

 

There are no cures or treatments for it. 

 

Hope this helps! 

Ellie from Bristol, UK

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klara, Community Member
2/16/14 9:41pm

Wow I'm so happy I found this. Im not alone Cry thank the lord

 

So I've been having the same pains, like exactly the same.. I would get them every now and then if i just stood up too fast but it would only last for one breath.

Tonight, when i stood up it began hurting and i expected it to go away so i just ignored it. The pain lasted for about 20 mins and wasn't too bad, it was definently a sharp pain, no doubt about it. Then I yawned. That hurt really bad! I decided to lie down and it didnt help until i rolled over on to my left side. It instantly disappeared! I'm not sure, maybe it was just gas, but i'm just so happy it left. It's worth a shot if you're having the same problems 

 

 

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Cristina, Community Member
4/15/14 10:25pm

I suffered with this a lot during my childhood. I haven't had an episode in a very long time, but lately it's been occurring again, I'm almost 44. What gives me relief is slow and shallow breaths. Try not to take deep breaths for at least 5 minutes.  Then slowly test a deep breath. 

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eandsm, Community Member
5/ 4/14 11:10am

Costochondritis.....not sure if most of you have read some of the previous postings about this. I've had this in years' past, where I thought I may be having a heart attack, very sharp pain when I would move or take a breath. It's inflammation of the ribs and is not serious. It's quite painful, however. Ask your doctors if this could be what you're experiencing.

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Estelle Hulse, Community Member
5/ 5/14 12:26pm

Im 14 years old and have been to the hospital and my GP about this sharp pain near my heart. The longest i have had it was 4 hours, it kills. I have to take little tiny breaths other wise if i take normal ones or deep ones i struggle to move or breath properally. My doctor has told me to go to physio to see if that will help... I also get it around my back area on both left and right side... I have got it right now. I have had it for about 3/4 years after i got rushed to the hospital at 2:30 in the morning as my stomatch acid was in my wind pipe and i couldnt breath at all i had to literally push myself to breath and since then ive had it :( :( hope u get rid of it Yell

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