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07 Apr 2006

Pains on left side
Im 22 and healthy (except for eating junk food now and again) Ive suffered for some time now with a sharp pain on my left side of my chest. It only happens now and again, not often at all.. its as if im being stabbed, its painful and difficult to breathe in. It feels like its by my heart and in my ribs. I hav to wait for about a minute taking in very tiny breaths before it goes away. Ive always just thought that its a stitch? But it can come when im just lying in bed relaxing. Its really weird. Do u know what it is, is it just a strange stitch or maybe something worst?
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HeartDoc

01 Jan 0001


Dear Curious,

I’m not sure exactly what you have got – it is most likely a muscular spasm or “stitch” as you call it. But I’m also almost certain that it is not a heart condition.

Remember that heart pain is usually felt in the centre of the chest as a heavy crushing pain, worse with exercise, relieved by rest, often associated with shortness of breath, fast pulse, sweating, faintness, even nausea, or pains up to the jaw and down the left arm. This is serious pain indeed. Your pain, whilst very uncomfortable for you, seems fleeting by comparison, and you do not mention associated symptoms.

In the absence of being able to examine you or do an ECG, I would have to say that you are probably in good health, and have just a sort of “stitch” which is your own diagnosis. If the pain persists, or becomes worse or more frequent, then please do consult your doctor.

HeartDoc.
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