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Very sharp pain on left side of chest

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i am a seventeen year old female im fairly active not overweight but muscular have always been into sport. i have had problems with heart palpatations my whole life, very severe ones, have seen specialists in the past and such. but lately i have tried to go running, to keep myself in shape but only a few seconds into running i will get a very sharp pain on the left side of my chest. ill try to breathe deeper but when i get these pains my throat closes up and it get really hard to breathe, i dont have the slightest clue what could be the problem but the pain will stay for at least an hour after i run, and usually when i try to run i run for about a minute and the pain is so bad i am forced to stop and walk back home. Is something seriously wrong with me? is it my heart?


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replied July 14th, 2010
Chest Pain Answer A14239
Hi,

Welcome to the forum and I am glad to help you out. Any chest pain, especially if it increases on exercise/exertion, should not be ignored. As you have a history of palpitations in the past and this ongoing chest pain, please do consult a cardiologist. You might need further investigations like an echocardiography and a stress EKG to look for the cause of the chest pain.

The pain can be due to coronary artery disease or mitral valve prolapsed. If both these tests are normal, then you need not worry much. If these tests are negative (negative is normal), then the possibility of esophagitis due to the reflux of the acid into the esophagus (food pipe) should be ruled out. The possibility of this is more if you have these symptoms after your meals. An upper GI endoscopy is done for the confirmation of the diagnosis.

The 3rd possibility is a muscular pain which is also quite common and treatment consists of local application of an analgesic gel and some painkillers. Please do consult a physician for the same. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.



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