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I have had a weird pain in my chest(left side) for the last…

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Hi i have had a weird pain in my chest(left side) for the last 4 weeks. my breathing is ok but ive developed a bit of a cough. my chest feels tight and heavy most of the time now. i started a new job around the same time this started and i sit in a damp car all day. im 48 and female. oh and i smoke.

Doctor's Assistant: Have you ever dealt with this before? Are you having any shortness of breath?

No and not really.

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Cardiology
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Cardiologist: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 6 months ago
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Cardiologist: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 6 months ago

You need following investigations for the evaluation;

1) Chest x-ray

2) EKG

3) Echocardiography.

Your symptoms may not be due to heart disease but it should be categorically ruled out by the investigations.

Following are the possibilities of the diagnosis;

1) GERD acid reflux would be prime consideration as it is one of the commonest cause for non cardiac chest pain.

2) Hiatus hernia

3) Esophagitis

4) Costochondritis; it is inflammation at the junctions of rib and cartilage or with the breast bone / sternum. Local analgesic ointment, or spray, chest brace and warm compresses with Ibuprofen is helpful. Another possibility is muscle sprain. Please read about the costochondritis;

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/costochondritis/DS00626

5) Esophageal spasm

6) Pleurodynia

7) Polychondritis

Investigations like Barium esophagogram, Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD; camera exam), Esophageal manometry, Ambulatory 24-hour pH monitoring may be the next step of evaluation by your doctor.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.

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Cardiologist: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 6 months ago
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