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hey i just have a quick question b/c this has been freaking me out lately. i notice that occaisonally i will get a pain in my chest. its not a pressure but just like a sharp pain that lasts for a few minutes and then goes away. this tends to happen on both sides of my chest. but iam a hug hypchondriac when it comes to stuff like this. i once thought i was having a heart attack and it was just a pinched nerve lol but iw as wondering anyway. i am pretty sure it has something to dow ith caffiene b/c i stopped drinking caffiene for awhile and it never happened, used to happened awhile back and since i have started this semester i have been drinking like 3 cups of coffee a day which i know is not a good habit at all plus i have been having caffinated tea. so i was just wondering if any of you get this as a sympton of anything just so i can put my mind at ease.

oh i was also wondering about circulation. i have noticed that my hands and my feet tend to "fall asleep" and get all tingly even if i haven't been sitting in the same position for a long time. ok thanks for your help!

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You might want to ask your doctor about Costocontritis, which is the inflammation of the costo region .. the connection between the ribs and the breast bone. It's fairly common, especially in lightly built people. It's usually treated with anti inflammatories and rest of the upper body ... by that I mean no lifting heavy stuff, moving furniture around etc.

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John actually went to a cardiologist before we figured the celiac out for the same chest pain you are describing - plus radip heartbeat. The cardiologist couldn't find any reason for it. It went away after he went gluten-free. He did have high cholesterol though. None of the meds have ever agreed with his body. We heard at the healthfood store that vitamin E can be a big help, so he began taking extra. Sure enough, to the doctor's amazement, it has come down to the normal range after being a walking heart attack waiting to happen.

I will mention a few other possibilities too. John has had these a time or two:

Other potential causes are esophogeal spasms. John still gets these sometimes, especially when he eats cold meat. It is not brief like you are describing though. More like a muscle cramp lasting 5 to 20 seconds. I thought that I would mention it though, just in case it is a faster spasm than John gets.

Another possibility is a rib being out. For some reason the nerve twinges from this place the pain right in the front of the chest over the heart and lower front chest area. Doing the weed eater gets John. A trip to the chiropracter to get it back in place and the sudden sharp pains disappear.

Tammy Moore

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thanks so much that is really interesting. i do have to say that my blood pressure and cholesterol have always been on the low side, runs in my family and i have always been grateful for that! it is interesting about the rib issue. i actually have had pain in the past in my rib area and we have never been able to figure it out, its just always been an annoyance, but that is another possibility. i have just started going gluten-free and already feel 10 times better of course not 100% but hopefully this is something that will clear up to. i have always trusted my intuition 100% b/c in my experience when i don't bad stuff happens, and i really feel that this is probably related to my gluten issues. thanks again! :)

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hi

I had the same thing.No one seemed to understand,though. Though my mother got panicky and though I should go to the doctor(at the clinic). I had a very ,sore stiffness in my chest right where my heart and upper rib cage is .It hurt to breath cough,turn over in bed or move in general.I was thinking,"Now what the hell is this condition"?But I figured it must be stiff muscles,and connective tissue in the chest cavity and though I was discomforted I sought no medical help I just hoped it'd go away and it did in about two-three weeks. Lifting heavy things didn't cause it because I don't remember lifting anything.But I was too sore even to breath during this spell. <_< And yes I'm more tingly than I've ever been esp.when lying down-it's noticeable.

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