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I have slight twinges in and around my left breast, the pain

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I have slight twinges in and around my left breast, the pain is not terrible and does not affect my breathing. I am wondering what it could be as I've had it for around 36 hours (on and off). I travelled home from Mexico two weeks ago and am worried it could be a blood clot.

Do you have neck pain, stiffness, tenderness on breast/chest?
Do you have diabetes, high blood pressure, over weight, stress, anxiety?
Any significant past medical illness?
Any significant family history?

Dr. Arun
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I do not have any neck pain/stiffness.
No real tenderness in my breast and none at all in my chest.

I do not have diabetes, high blood pressure, am not overweight. However, I do suffer with stress/ anxiety.

My mother suffers epilepsy and have no previous medical illness.
Hello Sarah,

Your symptoms are not likely due to blood clot. This is also not likely to be related to the heart; with ECG being normal and no other risk factor. This is likely to be;

1) 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 are helpful.
2) Another possibility is muscle sprain.

Please read about the costochondritis;

Your anxiety may also be responsible for the aggravation of the pain.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

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