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teenager experiencing Angina-like symptoms

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Hi, i'm a teenage female student, and for the past week I've been experiencing random chest discomforts accompanied by a pulling sensation on a small area by the upper right side of my chest near the esophagus, at different times of the day. It used to only happen about once or twice a day, I have alerted my parents about it, but they just keep dismissing it and say, "It's just stress."
As days went by, the chest discomfort happened more often, and I now experience the chest tightness even while walking/brisk walking/running, but goes away once I sit down or rest.

I have alerted my parents about it, but my mom just keeps saying "It's only stress" and my dad just says what my mom says. They refuse to bring me to the doctor, I have said I was very very worried and afraid, cause I'm still young and I don't understand what's going on.
So if someone could please advice on how to get rid of it and what it could be.
No light-headedness, no shortness of breath, only tightness of chest.

Thank you in advance.
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replied September 25th, 2017

Hello and welcome to e health forum.

The chest wall includes the skin, ribs and muscles that surround the ribs. Chest wall pain is usually caused by injury, inflammation or infection of these structures.

Common causes for chest wall pain include: muscle strain, chest contusion, and costochondritis. The pain in these conditions is brought on by movements of the abdominal wall or the rib cage. It is also increased by deep breathing.

Costochondritis is inflammation of the junctions where the upper ribs join with the cartilage that ‎holds them to the breastbone or sternum. The condition causes localized chest wall pain and ‎tenderness that you can reproduce by pushing on the involved cartilage in the front of the rib cage. ‎Most cases of costochondritis have no apparent cause, and they usually subside spontaneously ‎without treatment.‎

Try icing the area and use anti-inflammatory medications like advil to control the pain. The symptoms due to chest wall pain should subside within a few days.

Some conditions like Fibromyalgia , costochondritis , chronic pain syndromes could sometimes present in a minority of patients , who have issues like severe anxiety, stress and a low pain threshold.

If the pain is intolerable or annoying and you still are in doubt, you can seek a second opinion and proper testing ‎‎including X ray , ultrasound or CT , etc.

If all the tests come out to be normal, then it is highly likely that your symptoms are functional, and you do not have major issues.

I hope this helps.

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