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Hi my wife is having a lot of pain on the left side of her

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Hi my wife is having a lot of pain on the left side of her chest. Its made worse by breathing and touching. It literally came out of nowhere. He heart isn't racing or anything and it seems to hurt the worst on the rib cage under the left breast.
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Hi there,
I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
I am here to help you with your concerns.

This is likely due to the muscle strain at the ribcage area most commonly given her young age.
Pain on touching also supports the possibility of the muscle related pain.
Over stretching, or faulty sleeping or sitting position can trigger this.

Other possibility of course is the underlying heart problem.
Given her age and absence of other risk factors, this is less likely.
Pulmonary embolism is another possibility which usually causes worsening shortness of breath and palpitations as well.
Ibuprofen will help with the symptoms along with warm heat in case of muscle related pain.
However, I will also suggest a clinical evaluation in the urgent care or emergency room to rule out the other possible serious causes.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Is it stressed induced?

Yes stress can also cause this.
However, muscle spasm is likely explanation.