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Chest Pain

I'm a 23 year old female. Physically healthy, except for the odd bug going around. For the last month or so, I randomly get a pain in my chest. It's like someone is reaching in and squeezing it so I can't breath. There is no consistency to when it happens, although I've mainly noticed it when bending over to get something. The pain only lasts for a second or two, so I'm not overly anxious about it, but maybe others have felt the same?!
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Chest pain aggravated by laughing yawning, moving in certain directions, stretching and deep breathing goes more in favor of costochondritis, which causes pain and tenderness at points where your ribs attach to your breastbone.  The inflammation around the joint area gives sharp pain on taking a breath. This can also cause tenderness on pressing the area which pains. An orthopedic doctor can diagnose this for you. Generally there is no cause. However it can be due to infection, blow, injury, or fibromyalgia. It usually goes away on its own. Otherwise it can be treated with muscle relaxants, and non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs. It can also be muscle pull. Shingles can also start this way.
Pleuritis and Pulmonary embolism are other possibilities causing shortness of breath with chest pain. A CT scan of the chest can rule out both. Another possibility that can explain the pain is pericarditis. It causes chest pain aggravated by laughing yawning and deep breathing and also causes radiation of pain to arms. Again an EKG, heat echo and chest X-ray is required. Do consult a doctor and get this examined. Take care!
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Shifting pressure in the chest - it took a night of sleeping, but I remembered the term I was trying to pull out of my ***!  Tamponade.

That squeezing sensation may not be your chest, but actually fluid around the lungs or heart.  Check in with your doctor. It maybe nothing, but any time of restriction, however momentary, in your ability to breath should be investigated.

Keep us posted!
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I get the same thing all the time. So far i have found nothing that helps. I find mine last for up to 4 minutes but started out only lasting a few seconds. I went to the doctor and even had tests done. Nothing at all. I would advise on getting it checked maybe they can find what it is with you. It really hurts and feels like it lasts forever which ***** since it affects my breathing. I don't want to have it get worse for you too, let me know if you have any advice.
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Well doll, you sound like one of my coworkers.  She was perfectly healthy, gorgeous, fit, and was randomly gettin chest pain.  Turns out she actually had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. At 25. :(

That's of course an extreme example. It could be allergies, asthma, or even just a muscle spasm.  It wouldn't hurt to have your doctor do a chest x-ray.  And blood work to check your counts!  Good luck!

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If you notice it more when you're bending it over it could have to do with lack of oxygen and blood to the heart. Stress, fatigue, heavy meals and cold weather can bring this on. I experience the same sort of pains and it is usually a result of one of these.
If you're concerned it never hurts to get checked out by the doc. After all, worrying about it isn't gonna help your symptoms! ;-)
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