Keep getting a sharp chest pain ?
In the middle of my chest
it lasts about 1/2 a second and it's super sharp and it hurts and scares me.
this used to happen a few years ago and my doctor gave me a heart monitor and it showed nothing. Then the issue went away
Now the issue is back
I'm 21 years old - female, and I'm only about 110 pounds 5 foot 4 so I'm not overweight or anything...
what is this ???
- julyLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
As another poster suggested, costochondritis may be the culprit. Costo = ribs; chondr = cartilage; itis = inflammation. The blue areas http://services.epnet.com/GetImage.aspx/getImage.a... show the rib cartilage that can become inflamed and cause this type of pain. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/costochondritis/D...
You may also be having pleurisy, when the double lining of the lungs becomes inflamed and "catches" on itself. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pleurisy/DS00244
One final option (this is what was causing my chest pain) is GERD, or reflux disease. When the esophagus becomes inflamed due to reflux, that entire area can become inflamed and irritated. This can result in chest pain. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gerd/DS00967
I too was put on a heart monitor. I also had an echocardiogram and numerous EKGs. Once I began taking reflux medication, the pain went away.
If any of the above sound familiar, you may want to talk to your physician.Source(s): I am a healthcare teaching assistant.
- YamaLv 41 decade ago
Actual pain caused by your heart is not very common in the middle chest bone (sternum) but possible.
This is most likely costochondritis.
Apply firm pressure to the area where it usually hurts and if that hurts, you have costochondritis. Tenderness in that area is another sign of costochondritis.
Costochondritis is inflammation between the rib cage and the sternum. The pain is most common in the sternum but can be felt on the left and right side on top of the rib cage.
When you have costochondritis, it can seem very scary as the pain can be sharp and intense at times.
This is very common in young people and pediatric patients.
It is the chest pain of 80% of teen patients also.
However, women have less side effects of cardiac problems than men usually do.
An ECG would not hurt anything but I don't think this is a complete emergency.
Treatment for costochondritis pain is ibuprofen. You can not take Tylenol as it will not take away inflammation.
This usually goes away within 6 weeks. It is very common for this to come and go in your type of population.
Best of luck!
- 1 decade ago
In most heart attacks the pain in the chest lasts a few minutes but in some it's intense and quick which can come and go. Always call a doctor when you have intense chest pain. Have your doctor diagnose whether it's your heart, acid reflux or costochondrotis.
- Anonymous6 years ago
I'm a medical researcher. It is widely agreed among physicians and medical paraprofessionals, that initial diagnosis, mostly by using a typical acid reflux symptoms questionnaire, is necessary to ensure the most effective and quick treatment for this condition. Approx 70% of the acid reflux diagnostics that are based on the presence of typical symptoms are accurate. Since acid reflux, also called GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), can cause patients a great deal of discomfort and result in severe complications, it is highly important to know how to identify its symptoms in order to quickly diagnose and treat it.
If you know you have acid reflux you can try this natural program http://acidreflux.toptips.org
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- Tapestry6Lv 71 decade ago
Could be angina, look it up on www.webmd.com, if it continues call your advice nurse or ER and tell they how old you are and doctor results from a few years ago.
It also could be stress related you won't know until a doctor checks it out.