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Sharp pains in the left side of the chest, chesty cough. No cardiac problems. Do I have intercostal myalgia?

Hi I have been having sharp pains in the left side of my chest that lasts for about 5-10 minutes sometimes more. This has been the case for about 1 to 2 weeks. I also have a slight chesty cough for about 3 weeks. I have had my heart checked and its fine. I do regularly go to the gym about 4-5 times a week to do weight training. I have also looked online at Intercostal Myalgia and it seems like it could possibly be this? Thanks for your time.
Asked On : Thu, 16 Aug 2012
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Welcome to HCM.

As you have mentioned you go to gym regularly, i think it might also be due to muscle spasm. It will be better if you use over the counter analgesic spray/cream it will be helpful.

Intercostal neuralgia may resolve on its own or it may require treatment. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and indomethacin. NSAIDS help reduce inflammation and pain.

If the pain is bothering you a lot i advice you to see physician for further help.

Hope I have provided the information you needed.
Wish you good health. Take care.
Answered: Fri, 17 Aug 2012
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