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Like a thousand needles stabbing your heart..

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ShawnD
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Feb21-08, 02:53 PM
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What is it called when you get a sudden chest pain that lasts for just a second or two? Homer Simpsons described it as a feeling of a thousand needles stabbing into his heart.

I tried to google it but all I got was emo poetry. Your wordth are like a thouthand needleth thtabbing into my heart. /wrists
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Feb21-08, 02:55 PM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Side_stitch

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Feb21-08, 03:03 PM
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Thanks!

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Feb21-08, 03:10 PM
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Like a thousand needles stabbing your heart..

I thought it was usually angina, but it could be a number of things. Isn't side stitch located below the rib cage?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chest_pain
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Feb21-08, 03:17 PM
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You're right, Evo. If the pain is brief and near the area of the heart, Shawn should be hieing himself to the local saw-bones. Angina could be a sign of a serious problem.
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Feb21-08, 03:28 PM
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I believe that angina lasts longer that just a few seconds. I'm no doctor, though, so maybe I'm wrong. Side stitches can be so painful that it's hard to tell exactly where the pain is coming from.

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better safe than sorry--


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Any speculation may be off. Could be anything. That's what doctors are for to sort out.
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Feb21-08, 03:38 PM
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Sometimes I'll get a stabbing "chest pain" while eating, when accidentally swallowing an uncomfortably large bubble of air.

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Sometimes I'll get a stabbing "chest pain" while eating, when accidentally swallowing an uncomfortably large bubble of air.

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you mean, you'd rather swallow many smaller air bubbles more comfortably?
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you mean, you'd rather swallow many smaller air bubbles more comfortably?
It's a good party trick.

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Perhaps it's voodoo. But a thousand needles is probably an exaggeration. It's usually only one or two needles applied in rapid succession.

Bad ju ju!

Edit: Wait a minute! When you googled "stabbing chest pain" you got poetry? I got this
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Quote Quote by rewebster View Post
you mean, you'd rather swallow many smaller air bubbles more comfortably?
Worst stomach aches ever :grumpy. Worst of all, you can't stop it from happening.
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Just a second or two could be anything, yes, including a bit of a gas bubble.

I think of a stitch as being in the side, below the ribcage, not in the chest. But, we don't have pain receptors in the organs contained within the chest and abdomen, so sensations of pain, unless they're directly from a sore muscle, are referred pain. You perceive it out on the body wall somewhere when it could be coming from a lot of places internally. Why this happens is not really well understood.

If it happens repeatedly, then I'd get it checked out. If it's just a one-time thing, and really short in duration (a couple seconds), I wouldn't be too worried.
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Feb21-08, 06:19 PM
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I get this sometimes, usually happens along with breathing in deep. If I breathe in deep and get the sharp needle pain I just take real short breathes until it goes away after a few minutes.
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Quote Quote by Greg Bernhardt View Post
I get this sometimes, usually happens along with breathing in deep. If I breathe in deep and get the sharp needle pain I just take real short breathes until it goes away after a few minutes.
A few minutes is a lot longer than a few seconds. You should get that checked out. A deep breath shouldn't cause pain.
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Feb21-08, 06:26 PM
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Quote Quote by Moonbear View Post
A few minutes is a lot longer than a few seconds. You should get that checked out. A deep breath shouldn't cause pain.
The pain doesn't last throughout the few minutes. But when I take a deep breathe within the few minutes then I get the sharp middle left chest pain. I always just thought it was a gas bubble.


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