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hiya, iv been suffering in silence for a few weeks now, but its starting to worry me, im a 26 year old female who is in good health as far as i know, but the past few weeks iv been experiencing pain just on the left side of my chest, between what seems like the 1st and 2nd ribs, it radiates sometimes up through my chest into my throat and UP the back of my neck, my shoulder and my arm, sometimes the pain sarts in my throat and goes DOWN into my chest, shouler and arm, its a dull ache sometimes and others it can be a stabbing pain my chest itself when i breath out also feels sore, i notice sometimes when moving my head i feel a grinding at the baseof my skull, i dont know if this is of any significance, and just below my shoulders at what seems like the very top of the thoracic spine, to touch, is a little sore, my fingers and top of my hand are also starting to hurt :-S any idea what this cud be? please please get back to me, im quite worried, more so about the chest pain, thanks x

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replied December 5th, 2009
Chest Pain Answer A8235
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You like to know what is the cause of the pain that you feel in your chest, shoulder and arm and sometimes in your hand and fingers.

Pain in the chest may appear in one of the following conditions: heart attack, pneumonia, asthma gone bad, atelectasis due to lung injury, stiffness of the muscles, pressure of the nerves that command these muscles, over curved spinal column and etc.

Given the data the you provided, of stabbing chest pain, shoulder and arm pain, pain in hands and fingers, grinding at the base of your skull while moving your head, it is likely that you have a medical condition. The pain that you feel may be caused by the pressure of the vertebra at the nerves that command the muscles on the chest, shoulder, arm, hand and fingers.

You may consider reducing the movement of the head in sudden and sharp way and to avoid the grinding at the base of the skull. You may also consider seeing your doctor for further information about diagnosis and treatment options. You may have a X-ray of you neck spine column to rule out any degeneration of the vertebra. You may also consider seeing cardiologist to rule out heart attack.

Please keep in mind that I provide with medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider such as cardiologist for further advice and information about diagnosis and treatment options.

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