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I'm a 28yo female and started feeling dull chest pains when

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Hello Doctor,
I'm a 28yo female and started feeling dull chest pains when I would bend over or pick up my 1yo daughter. The pain only lasts for a moment and does not worsen when I lay down. It doesn't feel like it radiates either. I don't have a hx of any heart problems, high cholesterol, or high bp but the symptoms are a little concerning. I've felt them before...actually I've been having them off and on I think for a few years. But it would only last 10-20 min and I would experience them maybe twice to three times per year. Should I be concerned? I saw a PA for a wellness visit 3 weeks ago and didn't mention this to her because I forgot but all she did was blood work.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 year ago.


I am Dr. Arun and will be helping you today.

A chest pain occurring on bending or to pick up your daughter is likely to be muscular. Since it has been going on for sometime and you do not have significant risk factors (young female; heart disease is far less common compared to males); chances are that it is musculoskeletal. The risk factors for heart disease are (as you know):

  • A previous heart attack or stroke.

  • A family history of heart disease.

  • Elevated total and LDL cholesterol levels.

  • Low HDL level.

  • High blood pressure.

  • Being male or a postmenopausal woman.

  • Cigarette smoker.

  • Uncontrolled diabetes or high blood pressure.

  • Physical inactivity.

  • Obesity or being overweight.

  • Raised high sensitivity CRP (hsCRP)

Having said that; you may get an EKG and echocardiography for further ruling out an heart association just for the caution and categorically ruling out any heart problem so you are not anxious..

Chest pain can also occur due to;

Esophageal spasm

Acid reflux

Pinched nerves in neck


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

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 year ago.

I would consider following for your symptoms and investigate;

1) Esophageal (food pipe) spasm
2) Esophageal motility disorder
3) Esophagitis.

4) Pinched nerves in neck.

5) Chest muscle wall pain

Following treatment may help you;

a) Calcium channel blockers (diltiazem, nifedipine) decreases the spasm and improves the movements of the esophagus.
b) Relaxation techniques.
c) Noncardiac chest pain in the setting of esophageal spasm and esophageal movement disorder (dysmotility) often shows good response to antireflux therapy, even in the absence of typical gastroesophageal reflux symptoms.
d) Reassurance and control of anxiety is extremely important.

Anti reflux therapy is;

1) antacids; Maalox

2) acid blocker; Prilosec

3) loosing weight, if overweight.

4) avoiding alcohol, citrus fruits and juices, chocolate, and tomato based products

5) avoiding large meals. Eat 5 small meals in a day.

6) wait three hours after the meal before you sleep.

7) elevate head end of the bed by 8 inches.

Following also would be helpful;

A. Herbs;

1) Cranberry
2) Peppermint

B. Homeopathy

1) Nux Vomica
2) Pulsatilla

C. Nutrition and supplements;

1) Multivitamin; vitamins A, C, E, the B vitamins, and trace minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, zinc, and selenium.
2) Probiotic supplement
3) Omega 3 fatty acid
4) Avoid; cookies, crackers, cakes, French fries, onion rings, donuts, processed foods, and margarine.5) Also avoid; white breads, pastas, and especially sugar, red meats,
6) Eat lean meats, cold water fish, tofu, beans, olive oil

Helpful investigations to establish and confirm the diagnosis are;

1) Esophageal manometry; evaluates esophageal motor pattern.
2) Esophagram / Barium swallow
3) Ambulatory esophageal manometry
4) CT scan of the chest.

5) MRI of neck.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 year ago.

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