I have been having chest pain in this the upper-left chest area for the past few years and had a scan done of my chest and also a scope done of my stomach. The scan done of my chest showed inflammation around my heart but an otherwise healthy "young looking heart" and the scope showed nothing wrong. I continue to have this aching pain that was once localized from the left of my sternum now is also sometimes over towards the left side... about four inches below my clavical.
I am a 34 year old female normal BMI and a recent health clinic basic screening with a blood work-up was all in the normal range.
I was told that the scan would show anything that could be wrong but this ongoing pain is making me regularly think about it. Could I just be experiencing aging pains? Is this something I should keep worrying about?
I used to smoke about 7 years ago and am wondering if this could be the problem?
Hello, and thank you for your medical question on e Health Forum.
Since the scan report showed inflammation around the heart, your pain could be associated with carditis, and might be helped by medications like prednisone, that might reduce the symptoms that you have.
You might consult a cardiologist who can do a echocardiogram and a stress test, to rule out other possible causes of your chest pain.
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