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stabbing chest pains when taking a deep breath?

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I get stabbing chest pains in my left breast when taking a deep breath. This has been happening for about a week. It mainly happens when laying down, but does occur on other occasions. When it happens I need to take shorter braths until its gone. What might it be?
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replied April 1st, 2012
You don't give your age, but what you are describing sounds like a version of what I described as "the precordial catch" syndrome. I describe it in some detail on page 44 of the book I wrote in chest pain (Chest Pain When and When Not to Worry, Pelican Publisher, 2009). It is a benign syndrome, seems to occur primarily in thin persons, may stay for a few days and then disappears, is aggravated by taking a deep breath, and is discussed in more detail in the book.
No need to worry - it is a benign self-limited syndrome, though the exact cause is unclear.

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