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A 28-year-old female asked:

28, shooting, cramping & squeezing pains in chest, ribs, and breastbone ( in both sides) that last a few seconds to a few mins. same pain by armpits. area is very tender and back/neck muscles fee sore & tight. ekg, x-ray, stress test ok. cardiac ?

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Dr. Arti Khurana
Rheumatology 19 years experience
Not likely : Could be costocondritis or muscle spasm . If ekg and stress are normal , it's less likely cardiac
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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
Shooting pains: Sharp, shooting, fleeting pains in the chest, often aggravated by a deep breath, are frequently due to pinching of intercostal nerves or muscles which run between ribs. Are you performing any exercises or activities which put strain on the rib cage? Are you experiencing cramps in other areas of the body? If so get checked for deficiencies of calcium,magnesium and potassium. Discuss with your MD
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Last updated May 18, 2016


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