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"heart hurts"... question about pain in my chest

Answered on November 11, 2013
Created November 11, 2013 at 11:23 AM

I am a pretty healthy 23-year-old female. Throughout my life I have occasionally have chest pains when I try to breathe in... I don't have any cardiovascular issues that I know of, although I have a stressful job. Has anyone else experienced this? If so, do you know what it is?

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Indeed, I get this 1-2 times a year. Very rare, but my strategy is to squirm around in what probably looks to be a very silly manner until I find a position, sitting, standing, laying down or otherwise, that seems to alleviate the pain until the flare goes away. Then I thank Zeus that it's over and forget about it until nearly a year later when it happens again.

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on November 11, 2013
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Chest pain is ALWAYS something to be concerned about because while it may be something innocuous, it could also be a heart attack. It sounds like you've ruled out heart attack WITH your doctor, which is a good thing. But I personally hate it when I see people post something like that asking for other's advice, because someone who MAY be having a heart attack may waste valuable time trying to get opinions online instead of calling 9-1-1. Remember from your CPR classes that denial is a common symptom of heart attack! So first things first, chest pain ALWAYS warrants immediate medical attention before you turn to the internet to ask for opinions.

On another forum, someone posted a question when she woke up in the morning with one leg swollen 4 times the size of the other. Fortunately, instead of trying to do armchair diagnosis, the first people who responded instructed her to go to ER immediately. WE SAVED HER LIFE because she had massive DVT blood clots already in her LUNGS and she was in ICU for 3 weeks, almost died. On the internet a lot of us are here because we are taking control of our own health, and sometimes we tend to disparage medical advice. But in certain circumstances, doing so is life-threatening.

So Seesaw, this is not meant for you since you have been checked out by a doctor, but for anyone else reading this, please don't get the idea that this is a good place to start your query if you have symptoms like chest pain or leg swelling!

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on November 11, 2013
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what about costochondritis? i have this condition and i feel it in the center of my chest. sometimes it goes through to my back, too. it's uncomfortable and the only thing i have found that helps is not doing upper body exercises when it's really flaring. i also rub boswellia cream on it because it's an anti-inflammatory.

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on November 11, 2013
at 07:55 PM

Indeed, I get this 1-2 times a year. Very rare, but my strategy is to squirm around in what probably looks to be a very silly manner until I find a position, sitting, standing, laying down or otherwise, that seems to alleviate the pain until the flare goes away. Then I thank Zeus that it's over and forget about it until nearly a year later when it happens again.

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on November 11, 2013
at 11:45 AM

Could be any number of things from pulled rib muscles to rib cage issues, or a diaphragm that's blocked or pushed on by something, especially if it goes away when you stretch.

It could also be something more serious such as heart issues, and stress can be dangerous if chronic.

This is something to mention to a doctor, but describe it carefully.

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