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I am 26 year old and have been smoking for last five years, 20 cigarettes a day. Occasionally I smoked 30 cigarettes a day but rarely less than 20.

For last 12 months I have been experiencing mild pain at the center of my chest that occurs only when I contract my chest or exhale completely. So is there any reason to worry or should I get a chest x-ray?

PS: I had asthma when i was an infant but not anymore.
There are no other problems and pain is not present when at rest.

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replied July 25th, 2017
Chest Pain Answer A61772
Welcome to e health forum.

It is likely that you may be worried that your symptoms could be related to your history of smoking.

First it is needed to know what could be the possible cause of your symptoms. In most cases, pain can be due to musculoskeletal reasons (since the pain is absent while you are at rest), rather than any serious cardiovascular or respiratory cause.

The need to get a xray, can be determined if needed by a doctor after a proper physical examination.

Hence you should consult with your doctor for a proper opinion.

In the mean time, use of antiinflammatory agents can help with the pain.

I hope this helps.

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