For the past two weeks, periodically my daughter screams in pain and says her heart hurts. She falls to the floor screaming and cries. The pain goes away in about a minute. She's not doing anything athletic. One time she suffered the attack while coloring and another time in Target screaming across the store in pain. She says it's a sharp pain in her heart and says, "it feels like a needle is entering her heart". We are obviously going to go to the Doctor, but it will be a few days, can anyone help us now?
As mentioned above, in general, brief sharp chest pain is common in children and adolescents and is benign. We don't know what causes it, but it is probably something musculoskeletal. Obviously, without seeing her, I can't say for sure what's happening, and can't rule out specific issues with her heart or chest wall, and I do agree with having her seen by her primary care provider to make sure that nothing else is going on.
I'm sure one of the doctors will be on here soon to help you, but in the meantime I can tell you that 'sharp' pain is generally never caused by a heart issue. Obviously, I am not a doctor, but I have raised a child who had true heart related chest pain due to a lack of bloodflow to the heart muscle. Chest pain is usually dull in nature and brought on with some exercise although if the heart muscle receives little blood flow than the child can have chest pain even at rest. Based on what you have written, I don't think a heart problem is the issue, but I would certainly take her to her pediatrician and have him check her out.
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