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A 18-year-old female asked:

Left side chest pain for over a year now.. comes & goes but been here for 2 weeks recently. normal ekg + chest xray. doc says anxiety? could b heart?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Chest pains: Your chest pains are unlikely to be caused by a heart problem in view of a normal examination,your age, and normal ekg and chest xray. A common cause would be a pinched or irritable intercostal nerve or chest wall muscle which causes sharp,shooting pains with a deep breath or certain chest movement. Inflammation of the joint between the sternum and a rib is another cause and tenderness is common.

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Last updated Sep 5, 2015

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