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A 34-year-old member asked:

are all types of chest pain a heart attack?

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Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
No: There are many organs and structures that live in the heart's neighborhood! any of these can cause chest pain. These include esophageal and stomach problems (like reflux) and lung problems. Any problems of the chest wall muscles or nerves (like a case of shingles) can cause chest pain. Even the joints along the sternum can become inflamed and cause chest pain, a problem known as costrochondritis.
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
No: Although angina pectoris gets the most attention, the list also includes esophageal reflux, pericarditis, pinched nerve in the thoracic spine, pleuritis, costochondritis, and a number of other things. Your doctor should be able to sort this out with a thorough history, physical exam, and simple testing.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

What should a teen do for chronic knee pain?

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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Orthopedic Surgery 26 years experience
Rest, stretch, NSAID: Teens can have a variety of reasons for knee pain. Get checked by an orthopaedic surgeon for a definitive diagnosis. It can be growth related and self limiting requiring activity reduction at times and rest or anti-inflammatories. But, you much get checked to make sure its not a rare serious problem.
A 21-year-old female asked:

I have extreme cramps and back pain the first day I get my period so bad and it last awhile and pain meds don't help could this be something serious?

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Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
Probably not: In younger women congestive dysmenorrhea can be very severe just before and the first 1-2 days of the cycle. If the symptoms are so severe consider using oral contraceptives which will relieve the symptoms. Talk to your gynecologist about it.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What could cause a stomach ache?

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Multiple: Many things can cause a stomach ache. Infections, nerves, pregnancy, uti, excess sibstances- alcohol, coffee, tea. Undelying gastritis or ulcer.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What is the best treatment for arthritic knee pain aside surgery?

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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Orthopedic Surgery 26 years experience
Multi-Modal approach: Here are many non surgical options of things to try to reduce pain or improve function before moving on to surgery. -ice -nsaids -nutritional supplements that reduce inflammation -good hydration -reducing caffeine -knee braces -knee compression sleeves -physical therapy & exercise -cortisone injections -lubricant injections (hylauronic acid) -avoiding lots of stairs or ladders -accupuncture.
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A 30-year-old female asked:

What causes nerve pain in your foot? What stops it and will it cause me to not be able to work?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Eric Lullove
Podiatry 19 years experience
Neuritis: Nerve pain or numbness or burning is a common symptom associated with entrapment of a peripheral nerve in the foot. It is not debilitating, but very annoying. See your local podiatrist, an injection may be necessary to block the nerve and re-assess the symptoms post-injection.

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