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Sharp chest pain above left breast when I was sleeping on my back. I woke up with fast heart beat while trying to grab my chest. Then fell back asleep.

Sharp chest pain above left breast when I was sleeping on my back. I woke up with fast heart beat while trying to grab my chest. Then fell back asleep.

Question?: Not sure what your question is. If you're prone to bouts of rapid heart beat, a 24 hour recording (or 30 day, if needed) can help your doctor determine what type of rhythm disturbance you have which is essential to choosing the right course of treatment. ...Read more

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I started getting chest pain above my left breast recently. It's a constant dull pain that often becomes a sharp pain. Should I ignore or be seen?

I started getting chest pain above my left breast recently. It's a constant dull pain that often becomes a sharp pain. Should I ignore or be seen?

Chest pain needs to: Be evaluated by your doc. It MAY be simple muscle tightness or something more but a doc needs to make that determinations. The presentation of cardiac issues w/women is different from that of men so please don't look on the net or talk to well meaning folks because it may be mis-information. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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21/F Eval for chest pain full work up and echocardiogram all was clear but have sharp pain under my left breast and then after gone full chest pain?

21/F Eval for chest pain full work up and echocardiogram all was clear but have sharp pain under my left breast and then after gone full chest pain?

Not cardiac.: At ur age & gender (21F), the chances r overwhelming in ur favor that this is not cardiac chest pain (esp with a neg test). I would focus on a careful breast exam by a gynecologist & then TTYD about other possibilities like acid reflux or lung disease/bronchitis (esp if u r a smoker). Lastly, muscle strain is possible depending on activity level & which exercises u perform. GL & thanks 4 ur questi ...Read more

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Sharp Pain in chest jaw below left breast, numb pain in arm clear ecg ett echo, borderline hi cholesterol. Family hist of heart. Could it still be heart?

Sharp Pain in chest jaw below left breast, numb pain in arm clear ecg ett echo, borderline hi cholesterol. Family hist of heart. Could it still be heart?

Coronary pain?: The symptoms of coronary pain in women is almost exactly what you describe. With high cholesterol a plaque can temporarily obstruct a coronary vessel, and give rise to the symptoms you stated, and an EKG and ECHO would be negative after the plaque passed. It is important for you with a family hx to see a cardiologist for follow-up. ...Read more

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Chest pain started 4 days ago. Its a sharp stabbing pain that started in the middle of my chest but now has moved to under my left breast & shoulder?

Chest pain started 4 days ago. Its a sharp stabbing pain that started in the middle of my chest but now has moved to under my left breast & shoulder?

Mgt: Please see the urgent care center right away, and if you are in extreme pain or short of breath, please see the ED.
These symptoms may be related to possible cardiac disease. ...Read more

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I am having intermittent chest pain on my left side. Underneath my left breast. Pain is pretty sharp. Could this be my heart?

I am having intermittent chest pain on my left side. Underneath my left breast. Pain is pretty sharp. Could this be my heart?

Chest pain: Among the many possible causes of chest pain are inflammation of muscles or cartilage, reflux of stomach contents, lung disease and heart disease, the latter two including blood clot in the lung and heart attack. Best to see your doctor for complete examination. Sudden onset of chest pain warrants emergency evaluation. ...Read more

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I'm having a dull chest pain on my left breast bone and it feels sharp when walking I don't know what it could be can you give an answer?

I'm having a dull chest pain on my left breast bone and it feels sharp when walking I don't know what it could be can you give an answer?

Pain: You may have strained or pulled a muscle in your chest, called an intercostal muscle. Try some moist heat applied to the chest wall and Aleeve 200 mg, two tabs once a day with food ...Read more

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Chest pain on left breast & underneath. It feels sharp @times. Went to ER, X-ray & blood work is fine. Burning sensation @times. Is it gas or muscular?

Chest pain on left breast & underneath. It feels sharp @times. Went to ER, X-ray & blood work is fine. Burning sensation @times. Is it gas or muscular?

SeveralPossibilities: ER rarely best place for good help. Why? 1st Med Sys not=health: http://goo. Gl/Blh6rW. ERs have Hi law suit rates, focus=fast/defensive medicine; not problem solving/helping you better understand&troubleshoot as primary decision maker. Medicine=LowTech. Most problems=NOT revealed by exams, usual blood & Imaging tests. Why? Humans=far more complex than any of these can ever show. Go for better! ...Read more

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What is this sharp pain in my chest under my left breast?

What is this sharp pain in my chest under my left breast?

Cp: CP can be due to various causes. Heart attack, pericarditis, aneurysms, costchondritis, pleurisy, pneumonia, acid reflux, cancers, esophageal spasms etc. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain in the left side of my chest under my left breast what could this means?

I have a sharp pain in the left side of my chest under my left breast what could this means?

Depends.: It depends from your underlying condition and physical exam. It could be a musculoskeletal- skeletal pain or a miocardial infarct. I bet it's a first one because of your age. But you never know. And to be sure visit your doctor who might want to order some tests on you. Best! ...Read more

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I have been having real sharp pain in my upper left chest right above my left breast. Is this serious?

Maybe: Could be a problem with skin, nerves, muscle, shoulder, lung, heart, or stomach. See your doctor for a more thorough history, physical exam and further evaluation. If she sleeps on her stomach she could have a neck strain that radiates pain to the chest or arm. ...Read more

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Sharp pain around top of left breast around chest... but not not on it. Have felt for lumps but none there. Any ideas?

Sharp pain around top of left breast around chest... but not not on it. Have felt for lumps but none there. Any ideas?

Some possibilities: If your breast examination was normal, this discomfort could be due to an irritated/inflamed chest wall muscle or could be due to a pinched intercostal nerve which runs between two ribs and may increase with a deep breath and often radiates around the side of the rib cage. A muscular discomfort usually has associated tenderness. Your physician can advise you after an examination if it persists. ...Read more

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What causes a sharp pain on the top of my left breast in my chest close to the armpit?

What causes a sharp pain on the top of my left breast in my chest close to the armpit?

Many Reaons: Muscle pull, stretching of ligaments, infection, blocked duct, etc. So many possibilities if it continues see your dr. ...Read more

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I'm only 19 I have a sharp pain in on the left breast on my chest im a male its not a heart attack so what else could it be?

I'm only 19 I have a sharp pain in on the left breast on my chest im a male its not a heart attack so what else could it be?

Many things: If you are 19, likely nothing serious but if you really don't feel well or the pain doesn't go away in a couple of days, by all means have yourself checked. There are a number of serious conditions that may cause this, such as pneumothorax, pulmonary embolism etc - rare but possible. Or, it may be muscle sprain or indigestion. ...Read more

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Pain in left side of chest....Bp and heart rate good. Pain feels like it right under left breast. Sharp pain then goes away....Left back pain too?

Pain in left side of chest....Bp and heart rate good. Pain feels like it right under left breast. Sharp pain then goes away....Left back pain too?

Several causes: If each pain is lasting literally 1 or 2 seconds, it is not cardiac. If 30 sec. Or longer, or aggravated by exercise, consider heart. Compression of a thoracic nerve in your back is possible. If skin in painful area is hypersensitive, consider early shingles. ...Read more

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I have chest pain under my left breast, what to do?

I have chest pain under my left breast, what to do?

Depends: Thirties person having left chest pain absent cough, fever, or sob. If male then needs eval for heart disorder. In either sex might reflect costochondritis, inflammation of rib/cartilage junction, which should be exquisitely tender to direct palpation. See an osteopath. If tietz's syndrome then a single cortisone can resolve the problem; provided excess mechanical activities are avoided. ...Read more

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What could a sharp pain in the left breast area mean?

What could a sharp pain in the left breast area mean?

Breast pain: breast pain can be related to cysts in your breasts but it will tend to change depending on your menstrual cycle; breast pain that persists and with breast discharge or fever or other symptoms may mean something more serious. Any breast pain that does not go away in a couple of weeks should be discussed with your own doctor. Good luck ...Read more

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What to do if I have chest pain on my upper left breast?

See your doctor: This question, and the issues it might be are very complicated. You should see your doctor for evaluation. If this is an acute issue you might want to go to the emergency room at the hospital. ...Read more

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Chest pain, pain below left breast. I'm scared because of it. Help?

Get evaluated: Always get evaluated for chest pain. Many causes of chest pain are not life-threatening - and fear/anxiety will just make it worse. There are several things that cause chest pain that are very serious. For this reason, you need to get the chest pain checked out as soon as possible. Emergency departments are the best first place to go if you can't see your doctor immediately ...Read more

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Am experiencing a sharp pain under my left breast. What could this be?

Could be many: Things. Could be chest wall pain because of rib problem, could be chest pain because of heart, lung, esophagus or stomach problem. See your doctor for a physical exam. ...Read more

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Do you think I should be worried if I have a sharp pain in my left breast?

See details: Is the area tender to the touch? The pain may also be related to several other possible causes. If you are concerned, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a very sharp pain in my left breast it comes and go last fo rabout 10 minites.?

Check Lymphatics: You may have some blocked lymph nodes in that area. A lot infections from the head and neck (including mouth) drain to these nodes and could be causing you this problem. I see this a lot with tooth infections and teeth that have had root canal treatments. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I have chest pain, pain below left breast. Scared because of it.?

What do you advise if I have chest pain, pain below left breast. Scared because of it.?

Evaluation: You should have your chest pain evaluated by your physician. This could simply be musculoskletetal pain, but a cardiac cause should be considered given the location of the pain. The physician will take a more detailed history and examine you. You may end up getting a stress test and echocardiogram to evaluate for cardiac disease. Chest pain should not be taken lightly! ...Read more

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I'm having some chest pain underneath left breast....It's not severe but I'm noticing it.?

Anything: Could be a problem with skin, nerves, muscle, shoulder, lung, heart, or stomach. See your doctor for a more thorough history, physical exam and further evaluation. ...Read more

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Middle of chest pain towards left breast. How do I relieve this?

Pain: To suggest a pain relief method more information and an idea of the cause of the pain is needed. Your description alone isn't enough to provide this information. ...Read more

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I have sharp pain under left breast when breathing. What's wrong?

I have sharp pain under left breast when breathing. What's wrong?

Probably: Slipped rib syndrome or costochondritis. Rarely it could be inflammation of lung lining, but if you're not otherwise febrile or ill, rib problem is more likely. See your doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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I am having sharp pain internally beneath my left breast, what can it be?

At your age: It's probably just rib or chest wall problem involving muscles, bones or cartilage. It could also be something inside your chest like esophagus, stomach, heart, lung or pancreas. See your doctor for a physical exam. ...Read more

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I keep getting a needle- sharp pain in my left breast. What does this mean?

I keep getting a needle- sharp pain in my left breast. What does this mean?

Many things: Cysts, tension on supportive ligaments, infection, other masses, etc... Symptoms need to be mapped closely. Get as much family history as you can and follow up with pcp or ob/gyn asap. Supportive measures such as decreased caffeine intake and support bras can sometimes be helpful. ...Read more

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Chest pain under left breast for a month now and started from digestion problem.

GERD: Your acid reflux was under treated or you have another problem. See physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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How to treat a musculosqueletic pain. I have been having this chest pain below left breast. Sorry if I couldn't write it properly. Thx alot.

Sorry for the wait: I've reviewed your meds, all over the counter. You are attempting self-treatment of muscular skeleton pain however, since pain meds especially codamol have offered no relief, I think you need to seek medical attention, and since you have upper left- sided chest pain (a cardinal symptom of heart attack or angina) best to go to er. This is rare in a 25 yr old female, but why not have er check up. ...Read more

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I am 16 and super sharp pain under my left breast. I have had it a few times before but it goes away in a few minutes. Now it's more persistent.

I am 16 and super sharp pain under my left breast. I have had it a few times before but it goes away in a few minutes. Now it's more persistent.

See your doctor: Could be a problem with skin, nerves, muscle, shoulder, lung, heart, or stomach. See your doctor for a more thorough history, physical exam and further evaluation. If you sleep on your stomach you could have a neck strain that radiates pain to the chest or arm. Get checked out just to make sure. ...Read more

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I had a mammogram two months ago since then I have had a sharp pain on the inside of my left breast (now it's more dull). They are slightly lumpy.?

I had a mammogram two months ago since then I have had a sharp pain on the inside of my left breast (now it's more dull). They are slightly lumpy.?

Place call to doctor: I would go over this on the phone with your doctor. He/she will probably review the mammogram first. Then ask you some questions about your breast...Ie does it hurt when you touch it, move it a certain way, etc. ...Read more

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I have this sharp pain in my left breast that starts behind the rib and then hovers around the base of the breast. I get this pain when I bend over?

I have this sharp pain in my left breast that starts behind the rib and then hovers around the base of the breast. I get this pain when I bend over?

Low Risk: Assuming that you don't have a significant family history for breast cancers, this is likely a muscular issue in the muscles between your ribs behind the breast. If the above is true, get your family doc to order a mammogram or at a minimum have a clinical breast exam. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in left breast that shoots to my shoulder blade?

Go to the doctor: Pain in the left chest that radiates to the arm or shoulder may be a sign of a heart problem. I can't make a diagnosis on the internet, but that is not a description I would mess around with. Even if this isn't an acute symptom, you need to discuss this with your primary care physician. ...Read more