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Having pain in the chest. Cause?

I have chest pain on the right side (opposite the heart ). It isn t in my arms, or in my back, it just hurts my chest. It is acute, and not chronic. It comes, I get a few seconds of relief, and then its back. It doesn t appear to happen with each breath. Now it s beginning to feel like someone s reaching in my chest and squeezing my heart. It hurts, but it doesn t hurt-hurt, if that makes sense.
Asked On : Fri, 22 Mar 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response

Thanks for using health care magic.

Pain on the right side of the chest is often caused by a pleurisy,strained muscle, a bruised or broken rib, a trapped nerve, stress and a range of other causes like referred pain, which originates from one area and is felt somewhere else.

Abdominal problems such as gall bladder stones,cyst,calcification,mucocele,duodenal ulcer,amoebic liver abscess can also cause pain on the right side of the chest.

Right sided chest pain is rarely due to a cardiac condition.Chest pain due to heart will be more intense,continuous,squeezing type,retro-sternal associated with sweating or palpitation, lasting for few minutes to half hour and gets relieved by anti-anginal medicines and it does not vary with respiration.

Here in your case it does not seems to be cardic origin.Hence get evaluated for other causes of right sided chest pain with your physician.

You may need Chest X-ray,ECG and USG Abdomen.

Hope this could help you.

Wish you good health.

Answered: Tue, 26 Mar 2013
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Pulmonologist Dr. Kannuvellil E Rajan 's  Response
Hello Takamaru,

Right sided pain which comes and goes may be related to the gall bladder. It can be quite severe and mimic heart problem. An electrocardiogram at the earliest and enzyme tests (troponin test) to rule out heart disease are recommended. Ultrasound study of abdomen will help if it is the gall bladder. Inflammation of the membrane covering the lung (pleurisy) may also be a cause for such pain.

The feeling of acute squeezing of the heart is a symptom of heart disease, where blood supply to the heart muscle is reduced (as in heart attacks). However, the classical location of heart-related pain is in the center of the chest, over lower end of the breast bone (sternum). Heart-related pain may spread to arms or back. It is brought on by exertion (physical or emotional). It is relieved by rest.

It is better that you consult your physician, who will guide you further.
Wish you a speedy recovery and thanks for using Healthcaremagic.
Answered: Fri, 22 Mar 2013
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