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From time to time over the past several months I have experienced a mild, but sharp pain, sometimes accompanied by an achiness, in my left upper chest, close to the armpit but still in the pectoral area. It is not related to exercise. I have done push-ups occasionally, but not recently.

Any pain in the chest makes me fear heart attack but my review of heart attack symptoms on the web seems to exclude that diagnosis. I'm apprehensive about seeing a doctor because he'll put me a hospital for 3 days and come out with no diagnosis like Rush Limbaugh. Thank you for your kind help.

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replied January 9th, 2010
Heart Disease and Heart Attack Answer A8989
Hi,welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.

Your concern is regarding the chest pain in the left upper chest. There are a host of causes for the pain in the upper left chest including musculoskeletal pain which is usually sharp but sometimes a dull aching. It can also be caused by arthritis of the shoulder or the spine. Your pain does not seem to be consistent with the pain of myocardial ischemia. Ten percent of people with chest pain can have a panic disorder or other emotional conditions. Cervical disk disease or herpes zoster can also cause pain in specific nerve distribution.

If pain still persists you can consult your doctor who will guide you on a further course after a thorough evaluation as no definitive diagnosis can be made online.
Hope that helps. Take care.

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