Hi! I recently had an EKG, and an Echocardiogram done due to the fact I have been having sever chest pains. When I say severe, I mean, they start just below my sternum, and shoot left. They are so sharp, I can't breath and hunch over grabbing my chest. Both of the tests came back normal. Years ago, I had the same test done and their answer was it was possibly the cartiledge in my ribs. This made sense because if I breathed in deep, or let go of all the air, the pain worsened. Is there anything the tests could be overlooking? Or do you know any procedures I can ask my doctor to perform to determine if this can be rib related? Or are there any home remedies?
You don't give your gender. I wonder if what you are experiencing is a variant of what I described some years ago as the "precordial catch." This rather severe pain is associated with persons breathing in a shallow manner because deep breaths increase the pain. These pains tend to be recurrent, may be affected by position, and tend to be more frequent in thin women. They are quite benign, but their exact cause is unclear. I discuss the pain in some detail on page 44 of my book on Chest Pain When & When Not to Worry, Pelican Publisher, 2009 (the book is available online from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in new and inexpensive used copies).
Please be advised that I am unable to diagnose medical conditions online.
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