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Hi, thanks for getting in touch. I'm sorry to hear about your symptoms. Can I ask:
-How old are you?
-any medical problems?
-Do you smoke?
-can you describe when the pain comes, what makes it come on and what makes it go away? Thanks
I see, thanks. How would you describe the pain?
I see thanks. Well really there are two main possibilities from what you've described. One is that this is 'musculo-skeletal' pain, as in a muscle has been sprained or pulled in the chest, usually from a twisting injury and can take several months to get better sometimes. Signs pointing to this would be that it hurts to press on the area, is helped a bit with naproxen and is worse on stretching etc. Secondly the possibility is pericarditis which is inflammation of the sack surrounding the heart. Sharp pains, worse when laying flat, better if you sit up, better a bit with naproxen. Usually due to a viral illness we've had or sometimes no cause is found. Again this would get better within a few weeks and the advice would be to take paracetamol and naproxen for a few weeks and rest and it should get better on its own. If your symptoms persist beyond a month or isn't getting better you need referral to cardiology for further testing. I hope that helps.
Well regular painkillers will help of course and if inflammation persists then an anti-inflammatory medication like naproxen would be your mainstay. I would strongly advise you get some initial blood tests from your GP looking for inflammation as this can help guide your treatment. In the meantime if you notice a particular motion makes it hurt more like shoulder movement for example, I would google some physiotherapy exercises for that joint and movement and work through them to help strengthen it up and remove the pain.
Potentially, you could also try alternating heat and an ice pack and also applying some ibuprofen gel to the area as well.