Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
140 Doctors are Online

On and off sharp chest pain, with pain in the left side limb - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
User rating for this question
Excellent Posted in: Hypertension and Heart Disease
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2005
Answered : 2408 Questions
User :   Hi, I am a 22 year old female, for about 5 and a half hours I have been experiencing some sharp pain in my left arm, and now it just feels numb from about my shoulder to my fingers. For a few weeks off and on I have been having some chest pains. What could this be?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi
Doctor :   Can you describe the chest pain?
User :   it is a sharp pain on the left side, it never lasts just comes and goes
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have such pains even at rest?
User :   Yes
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you suffer from pain in the neck too?
User :   no
Doctor :   Are you able to clench your left hand normally?
User :   I can do it, but it feels wierd
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have difficulty in breathing, sweating, palpitation associated with the chest pains?
Doctor :   May I know your present height and weight?
User :   No I dont at the moment but I have in the past
User :   Im 5'2 and weigh about 150
User :   I'm sorry let me clarify myself. I have in the past had difficulty in breathing
User :   never sweating or palpitation
Doctor :   Ok. Do you have history of diabetes, hypertension or high cholesterol problems?
User :   No I dont.
Doctor :   Do you have history of heart problems or had history of heart attacks/MI in your family?
Doctor :   Do you smoke or consume alcohol?
User :   I dont have any heart problems that I know of. People in my family have had heart attacks yes & no I do not smoke or consume alcohol at al
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   As per your description, the symptoms that you have are not the ideal picture of a heart related ischemic pain.
Doctor :   The symptoms are more suggestive of a non cardiac chest pain probably secondary to stress and anxiety issues.
User :   So this a common stress issue you see in young adults?
Doctor :   The pain in your left limb is also not suggestive of any organic medical issues.
Doctor :   yes, this could be a stress and anxiety related issues and not an organic medical problem.
User :   My husband says he seems to notice I complain more of this than usual when I am on my period
Doctor :   There have been reports of chest pain during periods or during premenstrual periods with no obvious reasons for the same.
Doctor :   Again, they could be due to stress factors too.
Doctor :   Though clinically speaking, the symptoms are not suggesting a heart problem, it is definitely worth to get it ruled out by examination and EKG.
Doctor :   So, since you report of pain, I suggest you to get an EKG of the heart.
Doctor :   If they are normal,
Doctor :   then you need life style modifications such as physical exercise, proper sleep, regular diet, few dietary modifications.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   I have been following along yes, but I could use more exercise and sleep
Doctor :   That also will be a good plan.
Doctor :   Follow with lifestyle modifications - both physical exercise, diet changes(avoid oily and high carbohydrate foods products), and relaxation techniques such as good and regular sleep, deep breathing exercise, yoga and meditation.
Doctor :   I expect your symptoms to be better with these changes.
Doctor :   If you find the symptoms reoccurring despite the modifications,
Doctor :   then you can plan for EKG and cardiac evaluation.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   I feel a little more at ease now, I will try that. Thank you, that was my only concern.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
User :   bye
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor