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What could cause a stabbing pain in the chest?

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Published At March 2, 2024
Reviewed AtApril 25, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 18-year-old male experiencing stabbing pains in my right lung or chest for a couple of days. I am not exactly sure when it started, it slowly faded into existence. It is primarily a sharp stabbing pain in my right middle or lower ribs and lungs in the same area. The pain expands sometimes but seems to be centered around there. Coughing, breathing, sitting, lying, moving, everything makes it worse with sudden stabs. I have not engaged in any physically exerting activities recently, do not smoke or partake in similar habits, and am in fine shape. I had a similar pain two to three years ago after an accident, but it was in a different location (center of the sternum) and was not as severe.

Kindly help.

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and understood your concern. I suggest you take this symptom seriously and seek medical attention, especially since the pain is persistent and appears to be worsening. Chest pain can stem from various conditions, some of which are serious and demand immediate medical intervention. It is possible that your pain is related to a respiratory issue, such as pneumonia or pleurisy, or it could be linked to a heart condition, like angina or a heart attack. I suggest you undergo at least an ECG (electrocardiogram) and chest X-ray. Also, Give more information regarding the nature of the pain, such as whether it is sharp or dull, and whether it radiates to other areas of your body. Meanwhile, I suggest you follow the below-mentioned instructions for relief:

  1. Rest: Avoid activities that exacerbate the pain, allowing your body time to rest and heal.
  2. Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water can help prevent dehydration, which may worsen chest pain in some cases.
  3. Manage stress: Stress can intensify chest pain, so consider methods like deep breathing exercises or meditation to manage stress.
  4. Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke: Smoking can irritate the lungs and worsen chest pain, so refrain from smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.
  5. Follow a healthy diet: Consuming a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains supports overall health and well-being.
  6. Monitor your symptoms: Keep track of your symptoms over time and report any changes or worsening symptoms to your healthcare provider.

Remember, chest pain is a serious symptom, and it is always prudent to prioritize your health. If you are experiencing persistent chest pain, kindly follow up.

I hope this has helped you.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vandana Andrews
Dr. Vandana Andrews

General Practitioner

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