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Left Chest pains while running

- 16 year old, male, African American

- High School track star - runs most days
- No health issues or injuries
- Feels severe(6 - 8.5 out of 10) pains in left chest when running. Very rarely appears but consistently reoccurs
- Most often happens when running stuffy room (treadmill) or when overdressing (too heavy clothes for the weather)
- Brought it up with my regular pediatrician, who said she did not know what it was and that I should get back to her if it reoccurs.
Related Topics: Chest, Pain, Treadmill, Running
 
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My advice? Go back to your doctor.

Sure, heart problems are rare in someone your age and at your level of fitness. But that doesn't mean this doesn't warrant further investigation.

When you return to the doctor, be prepared to ask these questions:
  • What could be causing such severe pain (because 8.5 out of 10 is "severe" on any scale)?
  • What diagnostic tests are available to me?
  • Should I see a cardiologist?
  • Could this be sickle cell disease?
  • May I get a complete metabolic panel, just to make sure there's nothing weird going on?
  • What's the worst-case scenario?
  • What's the best-case scenario?

Sometimes, just knowing the questions to ask is helpful.


If you aren't satisfied with the answers your pediatrician gives you (such as "I don't know" what's causing that), feel free to consult another health care provider. You deserve answers to your questions. You have legitimate symptoms.


I wish you all the best!

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