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What could be the cause of my chest pain??

I m 18 years old and I ve been having pain in my chest, not so much the middle, but more towards the left, for almost a week. I ve had pain like this before, and my mom told me it was hormones and it would go away. I read up on the symptoms I have (shortness of breath and chest pains that come and go), and I kinda thought I was anemic. Then the chest pain at one point wouldn t go away (for a day). I m starting to really freak out that it may be angina, or a heart attack, but I don t do anything that could cause a heart attack. I also don t have the usual symptoms of a heart attack (Thank God). Side-note: I do drink coffee every morning and I skipped two days last week and it s been ever since then. I tried to get back on my normal schedule, but the pain/pressure hasn t really stopped. I also only add 1 teaspoon and a half of sugar I m also getting my period soon, but I doubt it s PMS. Just thought I would add that just in case.
Tue, 15 Dec 2009
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There can be several different causes for chest pain. Some things to consider may be anxiety, costochondritis (rib/chest pain), acid reflux and/or mitral valve prolapse. I recommend cutting out caffeinated beverages -- you can still drink coffee of the decaf type -- and making an appointment to get checked by a physician (or nurse practitioner). If you have sweating, dizziness, vomiting, fainting, leg swelling (sign of a blood clot) or shortness of breath (sign of clot to lung) -- see a physician immediately, meaning you may need treatment in an emergency room. Most likely the chest pain is not something serious, but the peace of mind that comes with getting checked out is invaluable. I wish you the best and hopefully this will resolve itself soon! Take care! : )
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