• over 3 years ago

    Stabbing Pain in Chest

    Hi all,

    Just wondering if any of you have experienced this...

    I'm a 35 year old male, non-smoker, light drinker (maybe 2 beers a week), overweight but not to the point of serious medical concern.

    Four times in the past week I've had this onset of pain that follows the exact same process each time...

    Out of nowhere, I get a very sharp, stabbing pain localized to the centre of the chest (i.e. right where you figure your heart is), it lasts for maybe 2 seconds, sends a shooting pain up to the back of my neck, then disappears completely. I'll take a deep breath, it might hurt a bit, but on the second breath the pain is totally gone, then I'll get a little dew of sweat on my forehead. And that's it. Everything goes back to normal.

    I play on a couple of sports teams, and this pain has never happened during periods of heavy exertion.

    These little onsets of pain last no more than a few seconds, but they come out of nowhere (always during a period of rest - three times while driving, once while just standing and chatting). And they leave me rattled because the pain is intense for those few seconds, and I have not experienced this before.

    I'm going to make an appointment with my GP just to let him know about it, but since the pain subsides so quickly I'm pretty certain he'll diagnose it as a musculo-skeletal or nerve thing.

    Just checking to see if anybody else has experienced this and if they ever found anything out about it.



  • over 3 years ago

    RE: Stabbing Pain in Chest


    "I'm going to make an appointment with my GP just to let him know about it."

    Kudos on that. :)

    In general, chest/thoracic area (right, left, up, down, side) pain, stationary or radiating elsewhere, with or without accompanying symptoms, has various causes, cardiac and non-cardiac, which includes, but is not limited to, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, and psychological/psychogenic.

    Additionally, of the various types/kinds of heart conditions, symptoms may/can be acute (occurring suddenly), be chronic (occurring over a long period of time), come and go (be transient, fleeting or episodic) or even be silent.

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