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Question: misdiagnosis of stabbing pains?

 hippocratic - Sat Aug 11, 2007 12:18 pm

Hello I'm a 26 y/o male, exercise regularly and do not smoke. I'll be honest..I'm a casual cocaine user.
I hadn't used it in the days leading up to my trip to the ER yesterday. I experienced a stabbing pain "inside" my chest, right in the heart. The EKG, X-Rays, and blood test including cardiac markers all came back A-OK. But the pain remains.

Is this myocarditis? Will the anti inflammatories my Doctor prescribed, as well as a cessation of all cocaine use, remedy me? Or do I need anti biotics?

Appreciate any help. Thank you.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:44 pm

User avatar Hi Hippocratic,

Typically heart pain is not a cause of sharp, stabbing pain. This is more likely to be due to pleurisy or possibly costochondritis. Also, myocarditis would be expected to show some abnormal results during your cardiac work up.

The anti-inflammatories will treat pleurisy and costochondritis. If your pain persists I would recommend you follow up with your doctor for reevaluation.

Best wishes.
 hippocratic - Mon Aug 27, 2007 12:04 am

Thanks so much Dr. Lowe!

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