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The past 2/3 weeks I had very sharp, Stabbing pain on and

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The past 2/3 weeks I had very sharp
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Customer: Stabbing pain on and off and out of the blue , on the left side shooting up from
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Customer: Toward the heart area. It is not the hear, I just saw the cardiologist for a
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Customer: Routine check up. I have a very stressful 2 months behind me, stress?
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 8 months ago.

Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

These symptoms can be due to the nerve irritation.

Intercostal nerves supplying the ribcage can cause such pain symptoms.

Costochondritis is the term for inflammation of the cartilages attached to the ribcage.

Not likely serious.

You can try NSAIDs like naproxen 500 mg twice daily for 10 days.

Chiropractic therapy also may be beneficial.
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Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 8 months ago.

Hello

Until you have a stress test, heart problems are not significantly ruled out.

Your post is cut off.

Please list your tests.

In addition, where is the starting point of the pain.

If it is lower ribs, or just under the ribs, gallstone pancreatitis is possible, pancreatitis, stomach ulcer and other internal problems.

Stabbing pain in the left chest can also represent a lung problem as well, micro pulmonary embolus, early pneumonia, and so on.

You have not given enough symptoms to narrow this down.

But all are possible given the current information.

What did the cardiologist do, and say?

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Expert:  Dr Basu replied 8 months ago.

Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

Since yo already saw a cardiologist, any heart problem is very unlikely.

Gallbladder or pancreatitis will not cause pain in the ribcage.

Pneumonia will cause cough and fever--not likely.

Blood clot will cause lot of shortness of breath--not likely.

Costochondritis is the best explanation as I illustrated in my original post.

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