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    Chest pain daily, but x-ray normal, could something still be wrong?

    I get chest pain daily. It is not just confined to one area on the chest. Sometimes it is a sharp twinge, sometimes it is more of an ache-enough to be uncomfortable but not majorly painful. It happens randomly throughout the day and more often while exercising. I also get shortness of breathe.
    I saw my GP, who sent me for chest x-ray which did not show any cause for concern.
    I have had anxiety my whole life and Drs have said it could cause chest pain but this only started a few years ago.
    It also does not usually happen when I'm feeling particularly stressed.
    I'm only 26 yrs old but am a smoker and live a very sedentary life.
    I think I may have had a heart murmur as a child but it went away.
    I was also a premature baby (2 months) and I feel I have never really had a lot of lung power even when extremely fit.
    I used to get random butterfly feeling where my heart is but that has stopped happening.
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    Dr Amer Gilani

    GP (General Practitioner)

    I am working as a GP for more than 15 years. I have worked in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Australia. I can speak English, Urdu, … View Profile

    Hi! There is one more thing rather two. About chest pain with shortness of Breath after exercise can be due to Iron deficiency and Amaemia. A condition called costo condritis can alos cause it but without shortness of breath. In this there si inflamation of the cartilage that joins the ribs with the sternum

  • Anonymous

    Hi, Thankyou for your input. I currently have low iron, although not anaemic & have been low for a long time. So it could be from this. Will still have other causes checked out though, to be sure.
    Thanks, much appreciated.

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    Dianne Zebic

    Counsellor, Psychotherapist

    Dianne Zebic has retired as of 31/01/2015 View Profile

    I would suggest you ask you doctor to refer you to a cardiologist, as they can do an exercise fitness test, and if you are experiencing pain mainly due to exercise, then maybe on the test results they can determine if there is any problems.

    Also I would speak to your doctor to test you for asthma, as many people can feel tightness in their chest area, and feel breathless during exercise. 

    However see your doctor and have a chat about your concerns, and aks for a referral to a respitory specialist if the above specialists give you the all clear.

    Hope situation will improve for you soon.

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    Anonymous

    Hi, Thankyou for your advice. My doctor has now ordered a holter monitor test as I also get heart palpitations, so I will see what that shows & then I'll follow up on your suggestions.
    Thanks for the help :)

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    Dianne Zebic

    Counsellor, Psychotherapist

    Dianne Zebic has retired as of 31/01/2015 View Profile

    I would also talk to your doctor about how much you smoke per day, as this can cause perhaps chest pains etc…

    However if the Holter Monitor Test appears normal, then your next option is to ask your doctor to go and see a respitory specialist who may conduct an MRI of your chest and lungs area. The MRI would show more information compared to a normal X-Ray.  Or maybe if you quit smoking your chest pain may stop, and it is always best to chat with your doctor for their professional opinion what is best for your condition.

    I hope you will feel better soon.

  • Anonymous

    That is very good advice. I have been wanting to quit smoking for ages as I think it has to do with my breathlessness so will discuss this with my gp. Will follow up on all your suggestions. 
    Thanks again :)

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