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Painful cramps under the breast inside the rib cage. Have palpitations. No heart problems. Family history of heart rhythm disorders

Hi, for the past 2 days I have been getting what I can only describe as painful twinges/ cramps under my left breast inside my rib cage.. I originally thought it was a twitching muscle but they are getting more frequent amped more painful, enough to make me stop and grimace:/ I have no heart problems aprt from the odd palpitation but do have a family history of heart rhythm problems. Help bit worried:(
Thu, 23 Aug 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hi Jenny,
Welcome to heathcare Magic!
The pain in the chest at that site can be due to muscle spasms, Pleurisy/pneumonia/pericarditis-myocarditis in which case it is more when you breath in and when you cough and in angina/myocardial infarction when it is constricting nature and not related to breathing or movements.
In any case you need a Chest Xray and an ECG and review to your physician.
Wish you a great health!
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