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what can chest pain on both sides be?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Many possibilities: Chest pain can come from many causes including heart, lungs, esophagus, rib cage and others. Not knowing your age, health history, family history, smoking history, cholesterol level, and additional information specific to this pain, it is impossible to tell exactly what is causing this pain. Best to see your family doctor or internist for a definitive answer as to the source of your pain.
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Heart problems & : Other things, every time you have chest pain you have always have to find out is not heart problem. After that we could think about the others causes, in your case i think is a case of costochondritis costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breast bone. Pain caused by costochondritis may mimic that of a heart attack or other heart conditions.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Persistant chest pain on my left side. How do I figure out what's wrong?

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Dr. Gebrehana Zebro (formerly Woldegiorgis)
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Needs work up: It is difficult to give you a simple answer . Left sided chest pain that is persistent means a lot of things . The most benign and common is musculoskeletal pain . The worst case scenario is heart , big artery and lung diseases
A 38-year-old member asked:

What usually causes chest pain on the left side of chest?

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Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
Specializes in Family Medicine
Possibly: Anxiety can cause excess cortisol, os adrenaline secretion which can cause a number of symptoms, including dizziness, lightheadedness, rapid heart beat palpitations, chestpain, headaches, etc. Try calming yourself down by concentrating on slowing down your breathing over a few minutes if this doesn't help, see your primary provider for further evaluation. Good luck!
A 44-year-old member asked:

Chest pain on left side only lasting a few hours..why is this happening?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Chest pain: Without more information difficult to speculate on cause. Could be inflammation in costochondral junction or intercostal muscles but other things are also possible. To be comfortable with a diagnosis you should see your dr.
Valley, Alabama
A 28-year-old male asked:

Chest pain on left side when I lay down flat?

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Dr. Karen Dantin
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Check: See your doc for evaluation.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

Chest pain on left side when I lay in certain positions for a while ?

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Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 33 years experience
See Your Doctor: While this does not sound like a heart attack, blood clot in the lung, tear of the aorta or collapsed lung, it is worth a visit to your doctor. Probably a musculoskeletal problem and can be managed conservatively. Any shortness of breath? If you develop other symptoms and it occurs without your having to lay in certain positions, consider a visit to the ER. Liver/spleen disease? See your doc!

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