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Forum Name: Chest symptoms

Question: 20 Year old chest discomfort while running

 Drag30545 - Wed Sep 14, 2005 2:05 pm

I have been running for a while and just recently about 1 month I started feeling some pain under my left pectoral muscle. This is really odd, it now happens to me everytime that I go running and in only about 5 minutes. Then it will go away in about two minutes, but only if I stop running, when I start again the pain starts again. I seem to feel the pain the most when I breathe in, also I am noticing that I kind off get to the point where I am running out of breathe and I have to take in big gasps of air, all the way in, this never happened before, and the pain is kind off wierd because I feel it the most on my left chest, and then it radiates downeard, kind of like heart burn. What can this be is it serious, any info is greatly appreciated I am very worried and want to continue running.

Also I have been taking a lot of caffeine lately, but I took caffeine way before, and didn't feel anything so I don't think that has anything to do with it.
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Thu Jul 27, 2006 1:40 pm

User avatar Dear Drag30545,

The chest contains many organs, like the heart, lungs with its pleural covering, esophagus, muscles, ribs, tendons, and nerves.
They all can be the source of the pain felt in the chest.

Inflammation of the pleura (pleurisy) covering the lung gives a sharp pain that is associated with cough and is more severe when taking deep breath. Viral infection is the commonest cause of pleurisy.

Overexertion of the chest wall muscles or their inflammation as a part of viral infection like flu or cold results also in chest pain, the pain is usually aggravated with certain moves and is usually associated with tenderness over the affected muscles. Pain due to rib or chest wall bone disease is also another cause of chest pain.

Cardiac causes although are less likely to be the cause in your situation (young age with no risk factors) , should be excluded.

Sometimes chest pain is not originating from the chest itself; instead it is due to problems in the digestive tract. These problems include IBS, gastritis and gastric ulcer, gall bladder disease, GER. But these medical problems are usually related to meals and are not related to deep breath or physical exercises.

You need to be examined by your doctor, since the pain you described can be any of these causes. Only by complete history and physical examination, the correct diagnosis can be reached.

Best regards,

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