| | sudden, quick, chest pains
I'm a female in my mid 20's, and have been getting sudden, startling, sharp chest pains that only last a second or two, and does not impair my daily activity. (It just makes me stop in my tracks for a few seconds and think - woah...what was that - or - ahh! there it is again) This could occur once every couple months, or a couple times a day. Lately, I've been averaging a few times a week. Anyway, the pain is consistently on the left side of my chest (just under or to the outer side of my left breast). I can't detect any pattern of when it comes on (physical activity, eating, etc). In fact, it usually comes on when I'm relaxed - watching tv, walking around the house, etc. When I went to my doctor, he heard a clicking sound through the stethescope, so he sent me to get an echocardiogram - he thought I might have mitral valve prolapse - but that test came out negative. (Then again, I didn't get that pain during the test - would that have mattered?) Every doctor seems to discard it as muscle spasms. [Also, every once in a great while (every couple months or so) I get an irregular heart beat that only lasts a minute or 2 - don't know if that's related]. These sudden sharp pains have been happening like this for several years, and I wish someone could just tell me what it is or why I get them! I don't smoke, I'm not overweight, I'm in good general health. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!