Re: severe left arm pain and sharp chest pain
With chest pain, it's always important to have a medical evaluation to determine whether there is an underlying organ/heart problem. Folks with constochondritis are more likely to die of heart problems because they ignore the pain, thinking it is a flare-up of symptoms. I sure hope your daughter is okay. With the chest pain, arm pain, and tachycardia, she definitely needs to be seen. She could also be having a panic attack, which can cause a sensation of a pounding heart, which hurts because it is beating so hard -- I have had one and am not interested in having any more.
In addition to the heart issue, she may also have constochrondritis. It can be aggravated by stress and her recent health issues must be causing anxiety. I was able to determine that my chest pain was not heart-related, as the area with pain was tender to the touch and ice helped with the pain. I also have a lump in the area where my rib and sternum meet, but the lump was not present when the pain started.
Last edited by SweetPeainSF; 04-24-2012 at 12:37 AM.
Reason: Additional info