Cause of pain in chest, neck and left arm

Sharp short stabbing pains in middle of my chest side, ribs, and stomach. and my arm left arm hurts constantly just a dull pain normally but can get stronger at times and hurt really bad why is this and how serious?

User Asked on September 10, 2016 in No Category.
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Much depends on your individual risk profile. If you are over 40 years, I would advise that you immediately seek medical attention with no further delay. This could be ischemic cardiac pain meaning that the heart muscle is not getting enough oxygen and undergoing damage. A heart attack may be imminent. You can read more about the risk factors in this article –

Don’t be distracted by information that says a heart attack does not present with stabbing pain. While this is usually the case, sensation is subjective and if there is pain with associated symptoms, it warrants further investigation. Of course it could be other cardiac conditions like pericarditis which will also account for most of your symptoms.

Even if you are not a high risk patient, you should still seek medical attention. Non-cardiac causes may include acid reflux, gastritis or peptic ulcer disease – these are the more common causes. Less frequent GI causes may include gallbladder inflammation, gallstones or an inflamed pancreas. It is possibly that much of this is neurological in nature particularly if your have conditions like cervical spondylosis or a bulging disc. Lastly muscular causes need to be considered. While these are common, in majority of the cases it is not serious but still requires attention. If you are suffering with depression or have a history of anxiety and so on, then these symptoms could also be associated with your psychiatric condition.

As you can see the causes are vast, the serious nature of each differs and depends on the individual case. We cannot answer your question with any certainty as we do not know your case history. You need to see a doctor as soon as possible.

User Answered on September 10, 2016.
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Thank you very much for this information…and im a 24 year old female and ive had these probs for about 3 1/2 years..the first time i had a prob i just had sharp pains around my heart and my left arm hurt so terribly bad i even had to wear a sling..a few weeks later one of my ankles swelled and turned purple and red and i couldnt walk on it all just thought maybe it was a blood clot but not sure?? But since these things happened ive never really had the energy that i used to have and im just tired of all the pains and want to feel like i used finally thinking about going to the doctor

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