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Pain in the chest near the breast bone. Due to stress or anxiety?

Hi, I have been having this weird pain in my chest , In my heart area and it hurts to touch my breast bone. I sometimes get it really bad for an instant but then it goes away and i forget about it, But lately i have had it constantly for the past 5 days, it hasn t gone away .It hurts when i drink hot beverages and sometimes when I eat . but there is a smaller pain constantly. It gets a second of relief if I burp but then it comes right back . Its sharp and really painful. I m a 19 year old female and I rarely drink, and I am a non smoker.could this be from stress or anxiety ?
Asked On : Wed, 7 Nov 2012
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Dear Concerned.,
Thanks for writing to us.

As per the available info ,it seems to be Acid Peptic Disorder or simple Hyperacidity due to irregular/non timely food habits. In addition in all probability you could also be suffering from a benign /harmless condition called Costochondritis. Sometimes without Physical examination it is difficult to pin point the diagnosis.It could also be due to Fibromyalgia.

The above three pointers to Differential Diagnosis.

Kindly try over the counter anti inflammatories and antacids .If the condition does not subside get a check up done by a physician.

In all probabality please be reassured that you have no heart ailment even though the location of pain is to the left side of your chest.

Best regards,
Dr Lt Cdr ASN Bhushan.
Answered: Wed, 7 Nov 2012
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