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Occasional chest pain with minor difficulty breathing

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  • Posted By: agar2009
  • March 5, 2009
  • 03:12 AM

I am an 18 year old male with occasional chest pains around my heart and some minor trouble breathing when this happens. It has been happening for the last few years.

The chest pain will happen at random times, it does not seem to matter if i am exercising or just sitting around at my house. It can happen anywhere from twice a week to once every 2 months. The pain will usually last about 1 to 2 minutes but can last longer or shorter. The pain feels like its coming from my heart and not the lung or the muscle around it.

I can breath when this is happening but if i take a deep breath it will increase the pain. I have to relax and wait for it to end to breath completely normally. Thank you in advance to anyone who answers this, any help is greatly appreciated. I do not know if this is a major problem or if its just nothing, so im hoping i can get an answer here

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  • how would you describe the pain? sharp, dull, crushing or burning?do you feel your heart racing?any of the following: sweating, nausea, vomitting, light-headedness?rate the pain from 1-10 with 10 being the worst pain imaginablecould you point with one finger on your chest where it hurts? if so, does it hurt if you pressed on that point?
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  • I'd describe the pain as sharpit doesnt feel like its racingno sweating nausea vomiting or light-headednessI'd rate it at about a 5-6yes i could point where it hurts, but it does not hurt worse if i press
    agar2009 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • I had almost those exact same symptoms for several months. My doctor initially thought I had asthma, but the treatments didn't make any difference. Then he sent me to a cardiologist - no luck there (very healthy heart - I was an avid runner). Finally by trial and error we figured out it was anxiety. I did not have any emotional stress or any other reason that I could find for it, but there it was just the same. Sometimes it would last for hours and sometimes for days. I couldn't tie it to anxiety in the beginning because there was no trigger that I could find anywhere. For some people anxiety can be very mental and is often triggered by an event, but for me it was just completely physical and I still have no idea what brought on (or brings on) the attacks. After starting anti-anxiety treatment there has been no pain at all anymore. Every now and then I will notice my body starting to 'rev up', and I will just find something that I really enjoy that relaxes me and focus on that activity. I can usually calm down pretty quickly.You might consider discussing this possibility with your doctor and see what he can do to help you figure out if this is the problem. Once we diagnosed it, I actually ended up going to a psychiatrist to find the right medication, and in the least amount I could take that would be effective. If you're worried about the stigma of seeing a psychiatrist - don't. He's just there to help with diagnosis and medication. I'm usually only in his office for a few minutes when I have to go in for a checkup. I've never sat on his couch and discussed my whole crazy (but fairly normal) life story with him. :-) It's no fun having to take medication every day, but the alternative is definitely worse. Good luck - I hope this helps!
    momof4DAEL 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank you for the advice! I think that seems like a very realistic idea. It has been very stressful for me the last couple years ha. I'll make sure to tell my doctor
    agar2009 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Doesn't sound heart, lung or musculoskeletal related.
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  • Where is the pain?In your left chest or retrosternal(middle of your chest)?How tall are you,and are you really thin?
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies Flag this Response
  • please tell us about the duration of the pain, and how is it relieved.... also about the exact site and referral to any other part of your body.... also if there is increase in it's frequency in the last period of time.... if it's preceded by symptoms like sneezing or nasal discharge...
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  • i am a 17 year old female and i have the same thing... my doctor said it was because i ate too mcuh to fast and caused myself to have acid reflex disease, it is a sharp pain in ur chest and when u breath deeply or move too mcuh it hurts more right?? also does it happen more during different seasons cuz i know mine does that more when seasons r changing....i wouldn't worry about it, i have had it for 6 years now and nothing has happened... do u eat super fast?? and u said it does happen randomly, u could just be sitting there or be doing tons of stuff and no matter what it does it? i'd ask ur doctor about a stress test, and have things done to see if it is acid reflex... DO NOT take medication for it though, if nothing worse then the pains happen just leave it... meds can make it worse, but if other worse things happen without the meds then talk to ur sdoctor cuz it could be something else... good luck.. if u have anymore questions or things to add i'll be back on here sometime soon to see k...
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  • Occasional chest pain with minor difficulty breathing ------i am a 17 year old female and i have the same thing... my doctor said it was because i ate too mcuh to fast and caused myself to have acid reflex disease, it is a sharp pain in ur chest and when u breath deeply or move too mcuh it hurts more right?? also does it happen more during different seasons cuz i know mine does that more when seasons r changing....i wouldn't worry about it, i have had it for 6 years now and nothing has happened... do u eat super fast?? and u said it does happen randomly, u could just be sitting there or be doing tons of stuff and no matter what it does it? i'd ask ur doctor about a stress test, and have things done to see if it is acid reflex... DO NOT take medication for it though, if nothing worse then the pains happen just leave it... meds can make it worse, but if other worse things happen without the meds then talk to ur sdoctor cuz it could be something else... good luck.. if u have anymore questions or things to add i'll be back on here sometime soon to see k...
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  • Ive been to a doctor recently and I believe its all been figured out, Thank you all for the help. I really appreciate it :)
    agar2009 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Tell us your diagnosis,please.
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies Flag this Response
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  • Where is the pain?In your left chest or retrosternal(middle of your chest)?How tall are you,and are you really thin?Hi, I hate to bring this thread back because its a few days old, but I realized I had some of the same symptoms as the original poster so I thought I should ask it here.I quoted this particular one because the pain is (for the most part) in the middle of my chest and I am somewhat tall (6') and thin...and was wondering what that could mean. This chest pain has only really happened once that I can think of (last night) but it kinda surprised me so I thought I should check on it....
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  • Do you also have long,thin fingers?If so,there's a good chance that you have mitral valve prolapse(with or without Marfan's syndrome).That can cause chest pain that is retrosternal.Also,does your chest sort of ''cave in'' in the center of your breastbone?If so, you need an echocardiogram to rule out an aortic aneurysm since you would,in case your chest caves in,likely have Marfan's syndrome.
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies Flag this Response
  • Do you also have long,thin fingers?If so,there's a good chance that you have mitral valve prolapse(with or without Marfan's syndrome).That can cause chest pain that is retrosternal.Also,does your chest sort of ''cave in'' in the center of your breastbone?If so, you need an echocardiogram to rule out an aortic aneurysm since you would,in case your chest caves in,likely have Marfan's syndrome.Thanks for your replyMy fingers aren't really long and are about average in thickness...As far as the pectus excavatum (caved-in at the breastbone)...there is an indentation..but not really enough to be visible..nothing like the pictures i've seen...i only know its there because back in the 8th grade a girl jokingly hit me in my chest (not hard at all) but for some reason I just noticed it then....However..i did just wikipedia Marfan's syndrome (and other sources) for symptoms and indicators...one was flat feet (which I have)..."Another abnormal measurement includes the comparison of the arm span to the total height of the individual, where the arm span to height ratio exceeds 1.05 in Marfan syndrome." I measured myself and my arm span to height ratio is about 1.057 Of all of the skeletal symptoms I only exhibit three really (the pectus excavatum and flat feet and long limbs ) I am also nearsighted which is listed as a symptom but have none of the other eye-related symptoms...Also, with Marfan's syndrome..would chest pains or any other problems likely have occurred earlier in life? As I said in my original reply..its only just happened to me last night...Its possible that it could have been stress or anxiety related...but then again..I'd much rather be safe than sorry.Thanks again for your help and any further help or suggestion would be greatly appreciated.I don't have any of the skin symptoms.The heart symptoms are naturally the ones im concerned about and I suppose I'd have to see a doctor for that.
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  • The chest pain could have been from mitral valve prolapse if you are Marfanoid in habitus,and that is something you need to know about.Get it checked out with an echocardiogram.And tell me the results.
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  • please tell us about the duration of the pain, and how is it relieved.... also about the exact site and referral to any other part of your body.... also if there is increase in it's frequency in the last period of time.... if it's preceded by symptoms like sneezing or nasal discharge..."I have chest pain a tightening feeling in my middle upper chest, causing difficulty breathing..its been on for about 15min now..i actually sneezed when it started tightening & that was so painful to do & i now have a nasal discharge..Wat's wrong with me??
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  • I am 28 yeasr old female with occasional chest pains around my heart and some minor trouble breathing when this happens. It has been happening for the last few months. The chest pain will happen at random times, it does not seem to matter if i am exercising or just sitting around at my house. The pain will usually last about 1 minute but can last longer or shorter. The pain feels like its coming from my heart and not the lung or the muscle around it. I can breath when this is happening but if i take a deep breath it will increase the pain. I have to relax and wait for it to end to breath completely normally. Thank you in advance to anyone who answers this, any help is greatly appreciated. I do not know if this is a major problem or if its just nothing, so im hoping i can get an answer here..
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 20, 2009
    • 07:00 AM
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  • I know exactly what you're talking about. I used to get them every few months, though I haven't had one in a couple years. I figured they were harmless, but my Mom talked me into asking my GP about it. He had no idea but didn't think it was serious. Then I asked a cardiologist and he didn't know either.There are lot of people complaining about this online in posts just like this, which is why it's strange so few doctors know about it. After searching through hundreds of posts of worried people speculating about some sort of heart problem, I finally found one person who knew what they are talking about.It's called Precordial Catch Syndrome and it's considered harmless (though it's debilitating for the short period it occurs). Wikipedia says it might be due to "localized cramping of certain muscles groups" in the chest.I'm just trying to spread the word. It's a real relief to finally know the answer.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 21, 2009
    • 02:51 AM
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  • THANK YOU! This is the first time I've heard something that remotely sounds right. I have that pain and doubles me over for about 5 to 10 seconds and then is gone as fast as it came. It scares the living lights outta me and I've been to 3 different cardiologists and they all say my heart is very strong. EKG's EEG's etc. They tell me not to worry, but it's hard when you fell someone just stabbed your heart! I am soo relieved. This revelation combined with the cardiologists assurance sure makes me feel better. Thanks again!
    MedicalZoo 1 Replies
    • October 22, 2009
    • 02:03 AM
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  • please tell us about the duration of the pain, and how is it relieved.... also about the exact site and referral to any other part of your body.... also if there is increase in it's frequency in the last period of time.... if it's preceded by symptoms like sneezing or nasal discharge...i have the exact same thing as this guy, i am 16 years old, male, about 5 foot 10, there has been increase in frequency and nothing seems to trigger it,...it just happens. also for me .... its a little more to the roght of my chest, and it kina feels like my chest it getting tighter....and i could only take little short brethes, the deeper i try ro breathe, the more pain. it pass after a few minutes. whats goin on?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 11, 2009
    • 03:04 PM
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