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Suggest treatment for sharp pain in chest

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Posted on Wed, 22 Oct 2014
Question: Hi, my name isXXXX and I'm 20 years old male About 3 times a week I will have a sharp pain in my chest. It will go across from the left of my chest. It will last for several minutes and sometimes the pain is severe, when it first happened I thought I was having a heart attack . But, the pain soon went away . This happens a lot when I'm sitting up and, sometimes when I have a pain in my chest it will go to my shoulders . I have no allergies, and to my knowledge nobody in my family has had this. I was wondering if you could tell me what this is? It's been going on since I was 14 maybe even younger. But, when I was younger it wouldn't happen as frequently
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Answered by Dr. Nishad BN (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Sharp left sided chest pain.

Detailed Answer:
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Thank you for asking Health care magic Forum.
I have gone through your query.As you having a chest pain it is better to have an ECG to rule out a cardiac cause of that.If that is fine and you having any exertional chest pain then a treadmill test also should be done.
If all these are fine and you having pain while palpation on chest it is most likely Costochondritis. A chest X ray also should be carried out in such case to exclude other conditions associated with lungs.
For Costochondritis i treat my patients with anti inflammatory gels of Nimusulide or Diclofenac for local application.I also give this as oral tablet form if pain is worse.If there is no improvement even after this then i advise local injection of corticosteroids or anesthetics.
Hope this may help you.Let me know if anything unclear.I am happy to help you.
Thanks
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Brief Answer: Sharp left sided chest pain. Detailed Answer: Hi Thank you for asking Health care magic Forum. I have gone through your query.As you having a chest pain it is better to have an ECG to rule out a cardiac cause of that.If that is fine and you having any exertional chest pain then a treadmill test also should be done. If all these are fine and you having pain while palpation on chest it is most likely Costochondritis. A chest X ray also should be carried out in such case to exclude other conditions associated with lungs. For Costochondritis i treat my patients with anti inflammatory gels of Nimusulide or Diclofenac for local application.I also give this as oral tablet form if pain is worse.If there is no improvement even after this then i advise local injection of corticosteroids or anesthetics. Hope this may help you.Let me know if anything unclear.I am happy to help you. Thanks