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Forum Name: Chest symptoms

Question: chest pains on right side


 kelly56 - Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:02 pm

my chest has been hurting a lot lately and i am not sure why. I do not smoke or drink and i am very active. However, right above my left side of my right breast, it really hurts. Its a sharp pain that is not always there but seems to be getting worse. I don't know why i am having these chest pains and i cant find something to explain them. Do you have any ideas? Thanks
 John Kenyon, CNA - Sun Sep 14, 2008 8:34 pm

User avatar Hi there -

What you describe sounds very much like costochondritis or Tietz' syndrome, which is an inflammation of the cartilage between the ribs and which connect them to the sternum (breastbone). A good way to tell if this is what's going on is to try twisting and bending your upper body or reaching up with your right arm. If this aggravates the pain, or if you can elicit pain or tenderness by pressing on the spot then it is almost certainly Tietz', which is best treated witn non-steroidal analgesics like Advil (ibuprofin) or Aleve (naproxyn).

Sharp and highly localized pain, just FYI, is almost never heart-related. If you can reproduce it by movement or pressure as described above, it is never heart-related.

It's still pain, though, so try the diagnostic method I suggested above, and if that confirms Tietz' syndrome then try one of the over-the-counter meds mentioned above, as directed on the label. If that doesn't help then you'll need to see a doctor, who can prescribe something more effective.

I hope this is helpful. Please follow up with us here as needed.

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