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Chest/neck/shoulder pain

Hello.

About 2-3 months ago I started getting a pain in the middle of my chest whenever I would get tired. I didn't pay much attention to it since it wasn't a huge pain and it went away after 20 or so minutes. About two weeks ago, however, this pain started happening all the time almost. It would mostly manifest when I would bend down to pick something up or when I breath in heavily. The pain isn't only in the chest, it's also sometimes on my left shoulder, beneath my left shoulder, my lower neck, my upper back etc. Few days ago, most of the day the pain was gone. I was glad, but it came back sometimes in the evening. It was worse then ever, just a slight move triggered a stabbing pain in all those areas almost. When I lay down, in most positions it was unbearable, unless I was sort of sitting/laying. I had to take very shallow breaths, anything bigger then that would make the pain even stronger. When I get up after laying down, the pain would go away, but only for about 15 seconds, and then it would come back. I struggled for about two hours to fall asleep, but I somehow managed to do it. When I woke up the pain was still there but much more bearable. I took an aspirin and it almost went away and I could only feel it on my left shoulder and when I take a moderate heavy breath. From that day to today, the pain was only on my left shoulder and sometimes in the chest but when I only when I take a very very deep breath (for testing purposes). Currently, there is no pain at all, just a slight ache on my shoulder sometimes.

Now, I'm not even sure this is a heart problem, but I am just worried because my father died of a heart attack, so I guess that puts me in a risk group or whatever. However, I am only 19, so I don't know if it can even be a heart problem. I currently can't go to a doctor because I am on vacation for another week.. What do you think I should do?

Thank you in advance.
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Cardiac chest pain is something that does not last for hours continuously, of for several days continuosly. The pain you are describing, associated with breathing, could have multiple etiologies. I think that you should definitly be evaluated by a doctor, and the best place to start may be with your family practitioner/internist.
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