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Dear Sirs, I have been having acute pains in my chest. They

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Dear Sirs,
I have been having acute pains in my chest.
They are in the top/mid left of my chest and creeping across to the right.
The pains are there most of the time, but are sometimes more obvious than others.
I have been checks and I am told that it does not seem to be my heart.
I am worried however as I do not think this is normal and I want to know how to get rid of these pains as they are very uncomfortable and, of course worrying.
I am 50 years old.
I am 5' 10 " tall.
I weigh approximately 12.5 stones.
I take regular exercise and I do not smoke or drink alcohol.
I try to eat a healthy diet although I do have a very sweet tooth which I am trying to reduce.
Do you have any ideas of what I should do?
Yours sincerely,
Welcome to and thank you question.
I am going to assist you with your question. First I need a little more information-
Do you get chest pain with deep breath?
How long has this been going on for?
Do you suffer with cough?
Do you have nausea or suffer from acid reflux disease?
Kind Regards,
Dr. Robert
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

When I take a deep breath, I can feel pressure becoming more intense in the area where the pain is constant.

These pains have been with me now months continuously and I first started getting them about 3 years ago.

I do NOT have a cough at all.

I have had some dizziness in the past and sometimes feel faint, but this is rare.

I do have 'acid' and I have had both 'gout' and kidney stones in the past.

I do not know what is 'acid reflux disease'?

Dear Customer, Thanks quick additional information.
I can understand your concern.
Well, such symptoms could be indicative of a condition-Costochondritis.
It is an inflammation of the cartilage joining ribs to chest bone. It is this inflammation that causes the sharp chest pains inside the chest wall.
Having pain in left side of chest/shoulder which become severe with breathing is supposed to be originating from the rib cage, which is the only pain sensitive part that moves during the act of breathing.
I am pretty sure, It is not related with heart disease.
Please don't take stress, You don't suffer from any heart disease.
Acid reflux disease, refers to a condition, in which there is excess formation of gastric acid. It could cause pain in upper part of chest.
To treat this condition doctor advise . These are-
-Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like- Motrin, Naproxen ,Aleve.
-Antidepressants, specifically tricyclic antidepressants, are very helpful.
-Muscle relaxants, are also very helpful in such cases.
Please follow above measures, and you would be free from symptoms in few weeks. Don't get panic, it is not related with heart disease.
Good luck and take care.
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Dear Customer,
Let me know if you have questions.
Thank you.
Good luck and take care.