Q. My dull aching chest pain is shooting while doing physical work. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Anshul Varshney
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 01, 2019 and last reviewed on: Sep 04, 2019

Hello doctor,

I have always had chest pains and pains specifically in my left arm or chest, but right now, I feel like it is difficult to breathe and I have upper left arm pain to my left breast. It is mainly a pressure a dull ache, but now it is shooting. It is more difficult to breath when I lay down. When I run or exert myself physically or when I am distraught or crying, I have shooting pain down my left arm.

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Critical Care Physician Diabetology General Medicine Internal Medicine Medical Gastroenterology Nephrology Pulmonology (Asthma Doctors) Rheumatology
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Hello,

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Your chest pains seem to be muscular. Another possibility is of acid reflux that can also cause such kind of illnesses. We should also rule out any cardiac issues in case of chest pains.

So, you should get a chest X-ray and ECG done. If the ECG and chest X-ray are normal, the pain is probably muscular or due to acid reflux. For muscular pain, I advise doing hot fomentation over the affected area three to four times a day. You can also apply Diclofenac gel locally over the involved area. On taking this treatment, this usually resolves in five to seven days. In case you have pain in the abdomen, and acid reflux, I would advise you to take a combination of Pantoprazole and Domperidone. Share my opinion with your doctor before acting upon it. I hope it helps.


The Probable causes:

Muscular pain.

Investigations to be done:

ECG, chest X-ray.


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