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teenage girl having reoccurring chest pains for months.

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I'm a teenage girl and for months I've been having reoccurring chest pains. They feel like a knife is twisting and cutting my chest. They hit me at the most random times, even when i'm just watching tv. They can go away for about three weeks or they can happen numerous times a day. They tend to concentrate mostly on the higher left hand side of my chest, but can travel to the middle of my chest too. They last from 10 to 30 seconds usually, but can last longer. When I get one of the pains I have to freeze and stop breathing until the pain has past, because it's excruciating if I breathe while these chest pains happen. My family has had a number of heart problem history, with my grandad needing a triple bypass and two of my aunts having irregular heartbeats, so I'm scared I have a problem too. In case this matters I can also see my stomach pulsing with my heart beat and I have never had any tests on my heart. Thanks:)

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replied April 2nd, 2012
Chest Pain Answer A33461
Welcome to e health forum.

The likelihood of heart related issues in your case at such a young age is very less likely.

Your symptoms are mostly due to severe anxiety, panic attacks, indigestion and or musculoskeletal issues.

Musculoskeletal inflammatory pain (eg Costochondritis) can be diagnosed if the pain increases on specific movements or on direct pressure on the affected area. Such pain can respond to medications like Ibuprofen 400 mg taken three times a day. This generally resolves within a week.

In addition, trying to avoid eating high spicy , fat rich foods, which can precipitate your symptoms will be essential. A healthy diet with lots of vegetables, and fruits should prevent the pain associated with indigestion or gastritis.

You may consult your treating doctors who can examine you. A proper counseling and if needed a few tests can help diagnose the condition.

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