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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Chest Pain
Chest Pain [posted 1/14/99]
Answer: You won't be able to tell without a physical. Could be your heart, stomach, anxiety, gall bladder or esophagus. You need to see a doctor.
Chest Pains [posted 1/7/99]
Answer: Pain with movement could be several things and muscle painis clearly one of them.
Non-Cardiac Chest Pain [posted
Answer: To be able to decrease the pain, you will need to know the cause. Tests which you might need include the Bernstein Test (intraesophogeal acid monitoring) and esophogeal monitoring to look for spasm. If you have already had these tests, symptomatic relief with calcium channel blockers for esophogeal spasm (or common duct spasm), propulsid (for reflux since acid blockers were insufficient) or nitroglycerin (usually a long lasting form like Isordil or Imdur) one at a time until symptom relief can be achieved. If it has been determined that nothing life threatening is going on, so focus on other medications for symptom relief.
Chest Pain [posted 7/17/98]
Answer: Pain in the right side of the chest is never heart disease. However, there are a few possibilities which might warrant follow up. First, pain from your gall bladder can be felt here. Second, liver inflammation is sometimes felt here. Thirdly, lung tumors/masses will occasionally present with pain (serious but uncommon usually painless). Lastly, and most likely is a pull in the muscles/ligaments of you ribs.
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