Sharp Pain

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Registered: 11-24-2003
Sharp Pain
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Wed, 02-11-2004 - 9:48am
Hi,

I am a 23 year old woman, in general good health. I have been noticing over the past two years that I will occasionally get extremely sharp pains that last for about a second each in my chest. They come and go randomly, and I don't feel they are stress induced. They started right in the middle of my chest and this morning I felt them along my rib under my left breast. They are very fast and instense. I went to a cardiologist and wore a monitor for 48 hours and although I had the pain once or twice while wearing the harness, they said they couldn't find anything. Has anyone else experianced this?

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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: canadiangirl80
Wed, 02-11-2004 - 11:41am
I get those. I am not sure what it is. I think mine is back related.

My cardio told me to do a simple test. Take an OTC acid blocker for a month and see if it helps. If it does, then the sharp pain may be an ulcer or reflux.

My pain has since gone away and I think it's because I started back excercises.

Good luck,

Lucky

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Registered: 09-30-2003
In reply to: canadiangirl80
Mon, 02-16-2004 - 12:17pm

Canadiangirl,


Welcome.

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Registered: 04-07-2003
In reply to: canadiangirl80
Fri, 02-20-2004 - 2:03pm
I get this too. I'm 25, and I don't remember when it started. But it's strange - it happens so fast, and just as quickly as it comes, it's gone!

I suppose it could be gas, although it doesn't feel anything like the normal heartburn or indigestion I sometimes get. But gas can travel anywhere in the body, my mother even had it trapped in her shoulder before!



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Registered: 10-16-2003
In reply to: canadiangirl80
Mon, 02-23-2004 - 4:02pm
Hi!

I get 'em too! I'm 46 and have experienced those sharp, painful jabs in my chest for as long as I can remember. It doesn't sound like you need to be concerned, but perhaps you should try to remember to ask your doc about them the next time you go in.

Julie

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Registered: 04-07-2003
In reply to: canadiangirl80
Mon, 02-23-2004 - 5:09pm
This could also be MVP (Mitral Valve Prolapse). I literally just the other day realized that I was diagnosed with this as a baby, but over the years completely forgot, since about 80% of people with MVP don't experience symptoms. The 20% that do experience symptoms could have fatigue, excersise intolerance, heart flutters or rapid heartbeat, cold hands and feet, dizziness/fainting spells, shortness of breath, anxiety and depression, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), headaches and migraines, and chest pains ranging from dull to sharp, lasting seconds or hours. Turns out I've always had these symptoms to some degree, and with all my doctor-shuffling over the years, none have put two and two together.

MVP is actually fairly common, but as I said, most people don't have symptoms. If you have any of the above symptoms, then it's quite probable this could be your problem. It is not life threatening, and only in absolute severe cases does it require surgery.



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