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I had pain in the chest left side, what could have caused this ?

A couple of days back, I had a very funny and strange pain in my chest. Even a small movement like a breath would cause pain. The pain was more during the sleeping position and it was very difficult to sleep. However some antinflammatory tablets helped and now the pain has almost disappeared. What could have caused this?
Asked On : Wed, 30 Jun 2010
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What is your age?Are you suffering from any medical illness?
One probability after going through your history is that you are having a disease condition called costochondritis..
Costochondritis is an inflammation of the junctions where the upper ribs join with the cartilage that holds them to the breastbone.
Costochondritis is a relatively a harmless condition that goes away even with out treatment.Every chest pain in a adult male s considered an potential sign of heart disease by doctors until proven otherwise..
Costochondritis is an inflammatory process but usually has no definite cause. Repeated minor trauma to the chest wall or viral respiratory infections can commonly cause chest pain due to costochondritis.
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Well Dr, you have hit the bull's eye. I was initially worried about the pain, especially because it was confined to the left side of the chest. I also remembered that I had a similar problem when I was about 28 or so(now I'm 52), and my family doctor prescribed I think Brufen. Hope there is nothing to get worried about. Indeed I had a bout of respiratory infection with a nagging cough that took almost 3 weeks to subside. That probably triggered the problem. Thanks once again.
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