Like a thousand needles stabbing your heart

  1. Feb 21, 2008 #1

    ShawnD

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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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  4. Feb 21, 2008 #3

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    Thanks!
     
  5. Feb 21, 2008 #4

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  6. Feb 21, 2008 #5

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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.
     
  7. Feb 21, 2008 #6

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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.

    - Warren
     
  8. Feb 21, 2008 #7
    better safe than sorry--


    if you haven't called the DR. for an appt. yet, .....----
     
  9. Feb 21, 2008 #8
    Any speculation may be off. Could be anything. That's what doctors are for to sort out.
     
  10. Feb 21, 2008 #9

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

    - Warren
     
  11. Feb 21, 2008 #10
    you mean, you'd rather swallow many smaller air bubbles more comfortably?
     
  12. Feb 21, 2008 #11

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    It's a good party trick.

    - Warren
     
  13. Feb 21, 2008 #12

    chemisttree

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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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    ouchupuncture
     
  15. Feb 21, 2008 #14

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    Worst stomach aches ever :grumpy. Worst of all, you can't stop it from happening.
     
  16. Feb 21, 2008 #15

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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.
     
  17. Feb 21, 2008 #16

    Greg Bernhardt

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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.
     
  18. Feb 21, 2008 #17

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    A few minutes is a lot longer than a few seconds. You should get that checked out. A deep breath shouldn't cause pain.
     
  19. Feb 21, 2008 #18

    Greg Bernhardt

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    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.
     
  20. Feb 21, 2008 #19

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    I dunno. Probably nothing urgent if it just happens once in a while and not every time you take a deep breath, but probably worth a mention on the next checkup just to be sure, especially if it's happening in the same place each time.
     
  21. Feb 21, 2008 #20

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    Hmmm, I'd never heard of this before - Precordial catch syndrome

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precordial_catch_syndrome

    Dr Bear, what is your opinion on this article?
     
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