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A 39-year-old female asked:

i get sharp stabbing pains in my chest. more commonly on the left side. i have had this for almost 1 year now. i have seen 4 drs who all tell me its gerd. i do suffer with hearburn. however these pains are when i move in certain positions. wat is it?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Common and trivial : These are from little folds in the pleura. Take a very deep breath, then force a little more aid into your lungs if you can, and you should get relief
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Provided original answer
Thanks for your kind words. Transient, stabbing chest pain in an otherwise-healthy person is almost always trivial pain originating in the pleura. GERD doesn't do this. I hope you are able to stop smoking, though for other reasons. Read up on "Texidor's twinge".
Sep 28, 2017
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Musculoskletal: Your pain suggests a musculoskeletal origin, specifically chest wall and its structures. Physical therapy is usually a good starting point. Keep a log of your symptoms, what makes them better or worse.

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