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I am expereiencing chest pain that radiates to the back, but I feel it more in my upper left side of my back. I am 30 year old mom of 1 and I am overweight but not obese, I am 160 lbs, and 5 2', I have had high cholesterol in the past. I am debating wether to go into ER tonight to have things checked out, better safe then sorry. I have never felt this pain for this long. I also have been getting sharp ( kneel over) pain in my left shoulder but it is random and inconsistant. Do you think I should go in tonight, or wait to call a Dr. on Monday. I have also ben very fatguie and not able to lift or do much like normal. Please help! Thank you,


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replied December 6th, 2010
Chest Pain Answer A17607
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

Since you have pain in the chest radiating to back and shoulder, please go to the ER to rule out heart attack or angina. A 12 lead EKG would be done and if need be ECHO, angiography etc. Other than that a similar pain can be caused by gastric ulcer, gastric reflux, spleenic abscess, and pancreatitis.

However, it is important to rule out heart attack and angina. Go to the ER. Hope this helps. Take care!

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