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Sharp, short-lived chest pain when breathing/ Chest Wall Spasms?

post #1 of 17
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I tried to make the thread title as specific as possible. From time to time, I get sharp pains in my chest that either occur as I'm breathing in or out. They typically don't last very long, almost like a cramp. The feeling itself feels sort of like a cramp or a spasm. It is a sharp, tight pain concentrated in one spot, and I can usually get it out by breathing deeply a few times. They do not necessarily occur in a particular place, but more often than not, it happens just south of my left boob.



I've had these episodes as long as I can remember, and I'm still alive, so I don't think it's anything serious. I do have anxiety-related chest pain, but what I'm describing in this thread feels different than what I have come to identify as anxiety-related pain.



I saw a doctor at Student Health about this last year when I had my panic attack, and she poked me a bit and decided that it was probably just chest wall spasms. I'm fairly certain that my blood pressure and stuff is normal, as at my last check-up my normal, good doctor told me that I was perfectly healthy. It's still kind of scary when it happens, and when it happened tonight, I considered briefly going to the Emergency Room just to get it checked out again. (I didn't really trust the doctor I saw at Student Health, not sure why. She gave me a bad vibe). Tonight, my mouth went dry I was so worried.



Does anyone else know the pain I'm talking about? My boyfriend has it too, so I figure if it's something as benign and stupid as chest wall spasms, many of you can chime in and tell me that I'm being stupid by worrying so much.
post #2 of 17
i have these.



they are called chest wall spasms?



stupid.



well yeah, i have them and they are usually by my left boob.

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post #3 of 17
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Yay, I feel better already.





I'm completely irrational sometimes.
post #4 of 17
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Yay, I feel better already.





I'm completely irrational sometimes.



i usually just breathe deep and lift my arms over my head and it goes away.

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**** the pint, she take blood by the liter. 

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post #5 of 17
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I never thought to stretch my arms up. I will keep that in mind.
post #6 of 17
stupid as chest wall spasms? You're funny. I've had them for quite a few years as well. I've felt them more from breathing in. The harder I breathe in, the more that cramp like feeling is. It goes away shortly. I don't think it's too much to worry about. You should do a search for chest wall spasms and get some info. Couldn't hurt.
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post #7 of 17
yeah what kind of name is chest wall spasms?



do people even know what their chest wall is?



i sure don't. i used to worry about these things but then gave up because my doctor said it was nothing.

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post #8 of 17
Thanks for making this thread cause I get these every once in awhile and I didn't know what it was!

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post #9 of 17
I used to relieve them by bending over at the hips and stomach. I haven't had one for years though.
post #10 of 17
I used to have these all of the time, but I haven't had them for a while now and I asked my doctor what they were and he had no clue. Now I know what they are.
post #11 of 17
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I'm glad lots of people have them. It makes me feel better, even though I had been told they were harmless.
post #12 of 17
I used to get these really badly, not so much anymore, but sometimes. Doctor said it was intercostal muscles tightening due to stress/anxiety.



I swear I thought I was having a heart attack everytime, which didn't help the stress.
post #13 of 17
Me too! I thought it was just me. Like others said, I used to get them more often than I do these days. I don't think I've had it happen in over a year now.
post #14 of 17
Is there a medical term for this? Just curious, if anyone knows.
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Is there a medical term for this? Just curious, if anyone knows.



Chest Wall Spasm is the most medical term I know of.
post #16 of 17
That's weird that you said it's due to stress/anxiety cause I don't feel like I have that much stress but maybe I have it and not really feel it? Anyways, this happens not often at all so...

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post #17 of 17
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That's weird that you said it's due to stress/anxiety cause I don't feel like I have that much stress but maybe I have it and not really feel it? Anyways, this happens not often at all so...



To me, I think these are different from my anxiety chest pain. It's others who have said that they think theirs are anxiety-related. I think it doesn't have to be anxiety related at all, just like any other muscle spasm. I think it just happens. I couldn't even possibly begin to describe my anxiety-related chest pain. It's less acute and less intense.
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