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Severe Chest Pain

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  • Posted By: lock87
  • May 29, 2008
  • 02:46 PM

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?

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  • Have you seen a cardiologist?
    aquila 1,263 Replies Flag this Response
  • Yes, around 3 years ago, and they did a scan of my heart and they found no irregularities.
    lock87 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • I must tell you about my problems which seem similar to yours. I have hade pains both like those you describe and more ordinary stomach pains since I was a teenager. When I was in my twenties I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome. But that could not explain the stabbing pain attacks that you describe.With time I have realized that this pain in some way comes from my colon. I can sometimes actually feel the pain decline as a gas bubble moves forward in the colon. I imagine that there might be a diverticula or some other sore spot that reacts with pain when gas is expanding the intestine wall. I became much better since I have started to drink yoghurt every day and be careful not to eat old food. I know what you are going through and hope that this can in some way be helpful. Good luck!
    Felsen 510 Replies Flag this Response
  • I forgot to say that a referred pain from colon can give pain anywhere in the abdomen, especially in the chest.
    Felsen 510 Replies Flag this Response
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