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Suggest treatment for jaw pain

I am a 33 year old female. at 1030am i developed jaw pain, shooting pain from left ear to middle of chin and feeling syncope. i took bp with a result of 122/77 and then decided to check my cbg because i am hypoglycemic. it was 109 after a grande vanilla latte and a peach turnover 2 hours earlier...so i continued with my day. at 1230pm my feeling of like i was going to faint was still there, and the sharp jaw pain but then my left side of my chest developed a bad aching pain that radiated to my left shoulder and down my arm to right below my elbow. full deep breaths caused my left shoulder to hurt worse. So i took a 81mg aspirin and went to the ER. EKG showed normal and chest x ray was clear. this was on tuesday and it is now thursday ngiht and my chest still hurts. i f/u with my pcp on wednesday and he mentioned i needed to monitor this as i showed more discomfort when he pressed by my sternum then anywhere else. mentioned something of i could have a virus. his only suggestion for me was ibuprofen and time. what could be going on? should i just wait and see? should i request to speak with a cardiologist? I am 5 7 145lbs and live healthy lifestyle as i dont smoke and only social drink occasionally. any suggestions will be great. Thank you for your time in advance.
Mon, 14 Mar 2016
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
hi
you may also require checkup by a dentist for tooth issues and jaw pain,hope there is no external visible swelling in jaw.If EKG is normal, less chance for heart pain, but many a times early changes do not show on EKG, central sternal pain may have relation to heart, you may observe if physical climbing stairs or jogging or strnuous physical activity bring on any chest pain, if does, then a Tread mill test for heart and an echocardiogram aare neeeded and serum Treponin -T and I tests, for which a cardiologists consultation for all tests is necessary
Inmeantime take ibuprofen as your doctor tells you, and arrange appointment with a cardiologist if chest pain is persisting
best wishes
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Suggest treatment for jaw pain

hi you may also require checkup by a dentist for tooth issues and jaw pain,hope there is no external visible swelling in jaw.If EKG is normal, less chance for heart pain, but many a times early changes do not show on EKG, central sternal pain may have relation to heart, you may observe if physical climbing stairs or jogging or strnuous physical activity bring on any chest pain, if does, then a Tread mill test for heart and an echocardiogram aare neeeded and serum Treponin -T and I tests, for which a cardiologists consultation for all tests is necessary Inmeantime take ibuprofen as your doctor tells you, and arrange appointment with a cardiologist if chest pain is persisting best wishes