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I feel a knife like pain at left side of chest, with shortness of breath and fast heart beat.

I feel a knife like pain at left side of chest below the breast and a dull back pain.pls what is it.thanks Left chest pain. Am a 23yr female,a month ago.i reacted to an antimalaria drug Coartem.i had shortness of breath and fast heart beat and was treated for it.recently i felt knife like pain on left side of chest esp below the gave me antacids.i can feel my heartbeat in my ear.sometimes it feels like my body is shaking.pls help out
Asked On : Mon, 28 Mar 2011
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Hi, Welcome to Healthcare Magic Forum.
The pain relates to Coronary Artery Disease, since you are young, i don't think it is CAD. Get a Neck x ray done to rule out any neck pathology from where the pain may be radiating to you chest. You may also want to know if you have Costochondritis, which is the infection of the cartilage connecting the ribs to the breast bone. You can use OTC analgesic like Tab. Ibuprofen 400mg one SOS for pain along with Tab. Pantocid 40mg on empty stomach half hour before breakfast. If this is not helping consult a Physician. Get your Hemoglobin tested.
Good Luck.
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