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Chest Pain (Definition)

Many people with chest pain fear a heart attack. However, there are many possible causes of chest pain. Some causes are not dangerous to your health, while other causes are ...Read more


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I have sharp chest pains which come and go and a internal cold feeling on my chest. No tightness or pins and needles is this just a panic attack ?

I have sharp chest pains which come and go and a internal cold feeling on my chest. No tightness or pins and needles is this just a panic attack ?

Chest pains: Regardless, could be only muscle pain. However, pain in your chest is a serious medical condition. It is always a red flag and appointment with your PCP for re-evaluation or a cardiologist is warranted. Take care. ...Read more

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Dx with a patent formen ovale. All today i been getting thos sharp chest pains come n go luq . Fatigue like a lil sob what can it be im scared?

Dx with a patent formen ovale. All today i been getting thos sharp chest pains come n go luq . Fatigue  like a lil sob what can it be im scared?

Common finding: Patent foramen ovale is found as an incidental finding in about 25% of adults and is typically a benign incidental finding. It is highly unlikely to be causing your symptoms. ...Read more

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I have had random really sharp chest pains that feel like someone is squeezing my chest and then letting go, what can it be?

I have had random really sharp chest pains that feel like someone is squeezing my chest and then letting go, what can it be?

Likey muscular: If the pain lasts less than 5 minutes at a time and/or you can make it worse or better by moving upper chest or arms then it is likely muscular in origin or even a pinched nerve. Tylenol or ibuprofen for a short time period of less than a week should be enough. Longer than that should be looked at by your doctor. If not relieved by the above then see your doctor sooner to see what else is going on ...Read more

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I get these sharp chest pains that will last for a couple of hours and the pain goes striaght through to my back it hurts worse I lay down. What is it?

I get these sharp chest pains that will last for a couple of hours and the pain goes striaght through to my back it hurts worse I lay down. What is it?

Gallbladder disease: Gallbladder disease or passing a gallstone and can feel like stabbing pain into your back. The severity can be so intense, like a heart attack. Fatty foods make it worse. Some positions can make it better. Your doc will get blood labs and ultrasound to make diagnosis. ...Read more

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Every once in awhile, i get sharp chest pains. its just once and it kind of feels like a spasm. feel totally fine and they go away. Ideas?

Every once in awhile, i get sharp chest pains. its just once and it kind of feels like a spasm.  feel totally fine and they go away.  Ideas?

Chest pain: You need to get in to see your physician. Chest pain can be caused by many things related to the heart, lungs, esophagus, and stomach. Some of those caused are very serious. Please get in right away to be seen. Take care! ...Read more

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How come i get sharp chest pains when i breathe multiple times a day that last 2-3minutes?

Chest pain: There are multiple causes possible for what you mention. Costochondritis, intercostal muscle pain, diaphragmatic irritation, pleural inflammation are but a few of the possibilities. ...Read more

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Sharp chest pains that get worse at night, wake up with burning chest pain, frequent coughing every day. Been going on for atleast a month.Diagnosis?

Sharp chest pains that get worse at night, wake up with burning chest pain, frequent coughing every day.  Been going on for atleast a month.Diagnosis?

Gastrointestinal: Your symptoms are typical of acid reflux/esophagitus and I see you have a strong history of this. If you have failed medical therapy, discuss Nissen Fundoplication with your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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I get short sharp chest pains when exercising that last a few seconds. I have excellent exercise tolerance accept for this infrequent sensation.

Texidor's twinge: Or 'precordial catch'. This is a common, transient knife-like pain that's worse when you breathe in. I believe it's caused by the pleural lining developing a transient fold, and it's relieved by gulping air to maximally inflate your lungs. If it's not lasting, does't take your breath way, or cause you to faint, it's harmless. ...Read more

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