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Forum Name: Chest symptoms

Question: Chest Pain, right side


 KristenNicole - Mon Dec 10, 2007 6:20 pm

22 yr old female. I've been having mostly sharp chest pain on the right side of my sternum for a little over a week. It comes every time I eat, a few minutes after i start eating, but also at other random times throughout the day. The past few days, it's been there when I woke up as well. Occasionally, it will feel like a lot of pressure on my chest and I will have trouble breathing, but it's mostly just sharp pains in one spot. It lasts anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes at a time. I would appreciate any advice, thank you.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:37 pm

User avatar Hi KristenNicole,

There are a few possibilities. Your pain may be due to a condition called pleurisy. Pleurisy is inflammation of the lining of the lungs and chest wall. Typically, this pain is fairly precisely located and occurs in the same area (since the inflammation doesn't really move around). It often is worsened by deep breathing. Eating would not necessarily be expected to change this pain or make it worse.

The other possibility is reflux. Eating often can make reflux much worse. You may want to try using an antacid to see if this helps some.

If your pain doesn't improve or gets worse I would recommend you see your doctor for an evaluation.

Best wishes.

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