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Question: OK. It feels like an elephant is sitting on my chest. I have sharp pain in my chest when I take a deep breath and it is sharp all the way thru the back. Should I get this checked out by the doctor or do I continue to take Advil for pain and the heating pad on my back. It seems to help little but doesn't last.
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Answered by Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi (38 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Chest pain should always be checked out to exclude a cardiac cause.

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service.
I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

I understand your concern.

Chest pain should always be checked out to exclude a cardiac cause.

I recommend the following examinations :

An electrocardiogram.

A complete blood count and blood tests to check for increased levels of certain proteins or enzymes normally found in heart muscle.

A chest x-ray.

Other possible causes of the chest pain are gastroesofageal reflux, or muscle and bone causes.

So, I recommend to consult a doctor to exclude that cardiac origin of the pain.

Hope I have answered your query.
Let me know if I can assist you further.


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OK. It feels like an elephant is sitting on my

Brief Answer: Chest pain should always be checked out to exclude a cardiac cause. Detailed Answer: Hello dear and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. I understand your concern. Chest pain should always be checked out to exclude a cardiac cause. I recommend the following examinations : An electrocardiogram. A complete blood count and blood tests to check for increased levels of certain proteins or enzymes normally found in heart muscle. A chest x-ray. Other possible causes of the chest pain are gastroesofageal reflux, or muscle and bone causes. So, I recommend to consult a doctor to exclude that cardiac origin of the pain. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.