Left Chest Pain

Case #80: The man with left chest pain « In My Father's Footsteps

Back pain under the left rib cage is a dilemma for all patients suffering from it. Any constant pain is viewed by doctors as a very serious disorder or disease and requires immediate attention and cure. The rib cage is a formation that is composed by the thoracic vertebrae and ribs, sternum-breastbone, and the coastal cartilages that links the ribs to the sternum. The term cage is defined as a structure to house animals. The rib cage is a similar structure which houses and also protects the animal heart and lungs, also known as a thoracic cage in medical terms.

In the chest-thorax region, nerves spring out from the spine and divide into two parts. The first part goes to just under the skin and further sends fibers to the surface and also travels around half way around the chest. This is a probable reason for the feeling of pain in the back to the side of the chest. The second part travels to the bottom of the rib around the sternum bone, and also surfaces to the skin and then goes back towards the side on the same level as the first nerve. Rib cage pain can be any pain or discomfort in the area of the ribs.

A fractured or cracked rib can cause rib cage pain, costochondritis, inflammation of the cartilage near the breastbone, osteoporosis and pleurisy. If you do encounter such ribcage you must first get the area x-rayed so as to determine if your ribs are fractured. In the event of a fractured rib an immediate surgery should be scheduled. If you've been suffering this pain for a long period of time (3 months or more) it's necessary to go for an MRI or CT scan and consult a professional to check for nerve damage, tumor or cancer.

Pain due to inflammation of cartilage between ribs and breastbone can radiate around the back and down the arms. Such type of pain could be enormous enough to give you a syndrome that you are having a heart attack or lung problems. Though this condition is benign but it is very painful and uncomfortable during the period it lasts.

There are instances when constant back pain under left rib cage makes you visit a specialist in gastroenterology since the problem starts with your stomach. Your stomach feels empty and you feel that a big growl wants to come out, nothing that you end to eat makes it better, you often get heart burn and a pain in the left side underneath rib cage. Routine blood pathology should be conducted to eliminate any infection of the intestine or pancreas. Digestive, gastro and bowel disorders must be ruled out by seeking medical advice. Such symptoms might make you start wondering that it is due to twisted bowel, you might have to go for a check up of colon.

Constant pain under the left rib cage is very uncomfortable for pregnant women especially those in advanced stages of pregnancy. They experience extreme pain near the area where the ribcage and breast meet. The pain causes extreme trauma and sometimes makes it difficult to sleep.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is causing the upper back and left chest pain I have been having?
    I am only 14 years old, but recently I have been having shooting and throbbing pain in my upper back, in my chest, and on the upper left part of my body. I know that it isn't a heart attack or anything like that but I need some reassurance, and whether I should see a doctor immediately.
    no I haven't been doing anything really out of the usual as far as exercise goes.
    Also it just happens at different times of the day. It seems as though it comes and goes on its own

    • ANSWER:
      Have you been doing strenuous exercising or work that could have
      caused the pain .Does it come at certain times of day or activity ?
      I think if its been going on for awhile you should get some advice from
      a doctor to ease your mind.

  2. QUESTION:
    I am 17w pregnant and I keep experiencing a sharp left chest pain and sharp upper back pain on the left side..?
    and every now and then i will get sharp lower back pain on the left side as well.. the chest pain i feel in seems to worsen dramatically when i attempt to take a deep breath.. i'm not sure what to do, i'm sick of going to my doctor for every little problem so if you could help thatd be great.

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on how far along you are. If you are getting big, in the later weeks/months of pregnancy I would say it just muscle strain from everything being pulled and stretched. There isn't much you can do about that except maybe back massage. As for the chest pain, you should always have chest pain looked at by a doctor. It may just be a lot of pressure from your growing belly but if you aren't that far along it could be more serious. Lastly, sometimes back pain especially in the mid and upper back, can radiate to the muscles in the chest wall and hips. That is also something to consider.

  3. QUESTION:
    How to stop chest pain on the left?
    yeah every night i get this chest pain on my left chest. It hurts when i start moving my left side a little bit and when i breath alot of air.
    How can i stop this pain ? Will eating healthier help? like whole grain food (cereals) and stuff like that help? cause i eat like greasy food for lunch 5 days out of 7. i started having this pain around this year.
    I am 15 years old , male
    I do swimming 2 hours a week.

    • ANSWER:
      What?! Have this pain?? See your physician straight away

  4. QUESTION:
    How to Stop chest pain on the left?
    yeah every night i get this chest pain on my left chest. It hurts when i start moving my left side a little bit and when i breath alot of air.
    How can i stop this pain ? Will eating healthier help? like whole grain food (cereals) and stuff like that help? cause i eat like greasy food for lunch 5 days out of 7. i started having this pain around this year.
    I am 15 years old , male
    I do swimming 2 hours a week.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, eating healthier will work. There are a lot of people out there that have pains like that when they eat the wrong foods. So try to eat veggies, fruits, and whole grains. Also, greasy foods like McDonald's can clog up your arteries over time. I go to med school.

  5. QUESTION:
    I have pain in my left chest, with numbness on my right arm
    im 13 and have a bad pain in my chest and my throat.
    it hurts to breath. i've had numbness in my right arm. and the chest pain on my left. the chest pain really hurts around my boob an up twoards my shoulder
    thanks everyone, i went to the doctors and i had something called Costochondritis.

    • ANSWER:
      Did yo do anything to pull a muscle? Have you told your parents? You might want to seek medical attention to have yourself checked out. It could be nothing....might of slept wrong.


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