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Hello, I am a 23 year old male who experiences occasional chest pains. I am pretty fit and workout 4 times/week most weeks and eat as clean as possible. I turned to a vegan diet in July of 2017 for many reasons but one of them was because of fear from my on & off again chest pains. I have frequent chronic chest pains especially on the left side. Sometimes it suddenly comes on as a severe stabbing/stinging/sharp pain in my left upper chest that takes my breath away & really freaks me out and other times it is more of a dull ache. My left arm/shoulder sometimes feels tense or tight as well. When I workout, lift, play tennis, or do cardio it doesn’t bother me much but when I just straight run on a treadmill for 5-10 mins my chest gets pretty tight & kind of a “heavy” feeling like I can’t get a full breathe. It sometimes occurs a couple times/day, sometimes occurs for multiple days in a row, & sometimes only some days. My DR assured me everything seemed fine but didnt check in depth.

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replied October 17th, 2018
Chest Pain Answer A64494
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
I would suggest you have thallium scan for stress induced ischemia to rule out sinister problem.
Otherwise,it seems just muscular pain and pain killer is the solution.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care

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