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What causes sharp pain under breast?

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Posted on Fri, 21 Nov 2014
Question: Last nite by 10pm had 15min sharp pain under my left hand side breast, like a sharp dart quite painfull i say :( please help ! Thankyou !
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Answered by Dr. Srilatha Myaka (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
It might be due to many causes

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear,

I understand your concern.

Chest pain is routinely seen in clinical practice.

In my opinion pain in the chest has many possible diagnoses like:-
1. Simple gastritis--
This can be possible if you had spicy diet for dinner. If you have heartburn or ulcer.
2. Heart disease--
If the chest pain is radiated towards left arm, forearm and associated with sweating better to rule out heart disease.
3. Hormonal imbalance--
Here the breast tenderness is seen just before the onset of period or in between the periods.
4. Breast lump--
Here the pain is associated with lump in the breast.
5. Muscle spasm

The above are the possibilities. We can rule out them by doing different investigations.

1. Gastritis- Here pain decreases after taking antacids. Avoid spicy diet.

2. Heart disease- an ECG is needed to diagnose this.

3. Breast lump- self examination and breast ultrasound will diagnose this.

Nothing to worry about that once the cause is known apt treatment is given and that will subside.

Hope this satisfies your query.
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What causes sharp pain under breast?

Brief Answer: It might be due to many causes Detailed Answer: Hello dear, I understand your concern. Chest pain is routinely seen in clinical practice. In my opinion pain in the chest has many possible diagnoses like:- 1. Simple gastritis-- This can be possible if you had spicy diet for dinner. If you have heartburn or ulcer. 2. Heart disease-- If the chest pain is radiated towards left arm, forearm and associated with sweating better to rule out heart disease. 3. Hormonal imbalance-- Here the breast tenderness is seen just before the onset of period or in between the periods. 4. Breast lump-- Here the pain is associated with lump in the breast. 5. Muscle spasm The above are the possibilities. We can rule out them by doing different investigations. 1. Gastritis- Here pain decreases after taking antacids. Avoid spicy diet. 2. Heart disease- an ECG is needed to diagnose this. 3. Breast lump- self examination and breast ultrasound will diagnose this. Nothing to worry about that once the cause is known apt treatment is given and that will subside. Hope this satisfies your query.