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Shoulder pain, chest heaviness when breathing deeply. Normal ECG

I m a 17 year year old male, last night while on the computer I got a pain in my left shoulder , over the next 5 minutes it got worse, i tried to wait it out but the pain wasn t going. I then noticed i felt a heaviness in my chest when i breathed in deeply, i decided to lie down and I was alarmed to find that I could hear my heart beating loudly, my mum could also hear it so she decided to call the ambulance. They arrived and I had an ECG , all the tests came back normal and the pain began to go away so I didn t go to hospital. However its been 24 hours and my chest still feels heavy when I breath in deeply and my chest would hurt if I was to jump or run on the spot for example, also my heartbeat can still be heard loudly when i m lying in a certain position.
Asked On : Sat, 23 Feb 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Jun 2015
In the absence of any cardiac cause (as evidenced by a normal ECG), heaviness in chest may be due to:
1. Strained chest muscles due to overuse
2. Chest muscle injury
3. Short-term, sudden anxiety with rapid breathing
4. Peptic ulcer disease
5. Pain from the digestive tract, such as esophageal reflux

Even in the causes involving the digestive tract, pain gets referred to back & shoulder due to irritation of diaphragm & phrenic nerve.
So, it will be better to consult a Doctor & get a physical examination done to rule out other causes. So that proper management steps could be taken.

Wishing you a Good Health. Let me know if I need to clarify further.
Thanks & take care.
Answered: Sat, 23 Feb 2013
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