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Question: Right side chest pain

 cookingmomma - Tue Jul 26, 2005 12:03 pm

I am 27 years old smoker with right chest pain under the right brest toward the center. When I breath in the pain intensifies. I have had this pain for about a week now. What could this be and how can I treat this? The only family history I know is that my father had a triple by-pass at age 50.
 Shannon Morgan, CMA - Wed Aug 03, 2005 12:26 pm

User avatar Obviously, I cannot rule out something as dangerous as a cardiac cause for your chest pain over the internet, but according to your description this chest pain is probably not secondary to coronary disease.

Actually, your problem doesn't seem to be cardiac in nature. The fact that you can increase the pain by breathing deeply suggests a musculoskeletal problem, probably costochondritis. It's an inflammation of the cartiledge between the ribs and the sternum. It is caused by a strain of some sort, usually you won't remember doing it, and is treated with antiinflammatories. Ask your doctor first, as they have side effects.


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