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Question: Chest pains in a 28 yr old female


 TiredMomof2Angels - Mon Dec 10, 2007 4:59 pm

I'm a 28 yr old female who has been having chest pains for the past week. I have had an issue before with chest pains and went to the ER for them, and was told it was just indigestion and given an Rx for acid reflux. I cut out soda and most all caffeine in an attempt to avoid things that were unhealthy. I'm overweight, with a family history of heart disease (grandmother and grandfather both died of heart related problems). I recently started allowing myself a few soda's a day, and noticed that was about when the chest pains started, but I'm still worried. Oh and the pain is dull, not sharp, if that helps any. Oh and almost forgot, I have issues with depression and anxiety, and when I have anxiety attacks I have chest pains as well, but this feels different then it normally does when I have anxiety attacks.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Fri Dec 14, 2007 10:33 pm

User avatar Hi TiredMomof2Angels,

Typical heart chest pain is often described as being more of a severe pressure than a sharp pain. It is often difficult to pinpoint exactly where the pain is coming from. Rather, it is a more vague chest pain. Sometimes, there will be associated arm, neck, or back pain as well. If this describes your pain you should definitely have it evaluated.

Caffeine in soda can increase reflux so it is possible that you are experiencing is due to acid reflux. If this is the case it would be expected that reflux medicines and antacids should help some.

If your pain continues or worsens I would recommend you see your doctor for an evaluation.

Best wishes.

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