I'm a 21 year old male and since I was quite young I've had a sharp stabbing pains in the left side of my chest, although on occasion the pain also happens on the right. These pains can last anything from 5 seconds to 30 minutes, they could happen once a day or even once a month, there was no pattern in them. When I was younger I was told these were just growing pains but as I got older the pains did not go away, in fact the pain just got more intense.
Recently the pain has been getting worse and more frequent, happening up to 2 or 3 times a day. The pain gets worse if I move or even take a breath, and after the pain I'm so drained of energy that I have, on occasion, collapsed.
I've had numerous x-rays of my chest and CT scans over the years, all of which give no reason for the pain. The only thing I've been prescribed is Ibuprofen which helped in no way whatsoever.
I do not smoke, I exercise regularly and my family has no history of heart or lung problems.
Is there anyone else out there who has or has had a similar problem(s), or can anyone possibly suggest what this might be?