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A 24-year-old female asked:

Dull tight pain in chest& left upperarm& armpit &lower part of neck. hurts to use arm. has going on for a few days each day gets worse. is it my heart?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Mcgranahan
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Go to ER now...: ...As this could be caused by a heart problem. It may be injury-releated or have other causes but sometimes young adults do have cardiac conditions. Go see a doctor asap. Good luck!
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Dr. Joseph Moore
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 35 years experience
Possibly: Chest and left arm tightness that lasts for several days may be caused by inflammation of the sac containing the heart (the pericardium). This is called pericarditis and can be caused by several things. Symptoms can be worse in certain positions or with deep breathing. Less common causes would be an injured shoulder or chest wall pain. An echo test would help sort it out.
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Dr. Nishant Kalra
Cardiology 20 years experience
Probably not: If the pain gets worse with the moment of the arms, this could be musculoskeletal related pain. Please see a pcp and get evaluated.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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