You’ve for sure felt the pain under left breast for more than once. This can be caused by numerous reasons, and only a few of them can mean serious conditions. But even if so, you should be aware of some of the common causes and what is there to do about it. It can include from muscle and rib injuries to stomach gas and heart attack. Even if you’ve experienced stabbing pain and might be worried about it, we will try to list some of the possible causes which can be solved with ease.
There are several conditions which are frequent in people, but pass quickly or they are not a first thing to think of when you have pain in the chest area.
- Stomach Gas Accumulation. This is one of the most common cause of left side pain, right bellow the breast region. It is the area where the stomach is located and when it fills with gas, it affects the lining of the stomach which can result in the stabbing, excruciating pain which lasts about a few seconds and subsides. It can come in periods until the gas leaves the digestive tract. It affects the nerves also, which react to the pressure.
- Gastritis. It is a condition which represents as a stomach lining inflammation. It is usually caused by some type of bacteria such as Helicobacter pylori and other bacteria and viruses. It can also be associated with bile reflux and pernicious anemia due to vitamin B12 deficiency. It forms a state of inflammation with lining erosion which can be really uncomfortable and painful.
- Heart Burn. It is the event of a stomach acid reflux up to the esophagus which causes the irritation of the mucus lining and it causes stabbing pain and uncomfortable burning sensation bellow left breast. It is called heartburn because of its common misconception for the heart attack.
- Hiatus Hernia. This is a condition which happens when the organ from the abdominal area goes through the hole in a diaphragm which can cause pain, burning sensation after a meal, difficulty in digestion and also in breathing. This can be a serious condition, depending on the incarceration extent. The constriction between the diaphragm walls can give pressure to the stomach or intestine and cause pain. It can lead to more severe symptoms like ileus or constipation.
- Rib Injury. If you’ve suffered from chest trauma like rib fracture or inflammation affecting the area bellow the breast on the left side of the chest, it can result in pain, especially when breathing, where it can get worse when inhaling. There are also some joint conditions which can affect sternum and sternoclavicular joint such as costochondritis. It can be followed up with pain as well.
- Chest Muscle And Soft Tissue Inflammation. If you are experiencing pain, maybe not just on the left side, which can be tender to touch and swollen as well, it can be due to some musculoskeletal inflammation.
- Chest Injury. These type of injuries are common in car accidents where a person can bump into a steering wheel which can also lead to a rib This can make you breathless for a few minutes due to a pressure punch and cause some bruising later on.
- Precordial Catch Syndrome (PCS). This is a sudden chest pain which can appear and last for about 30 seconds up to a few minutes. It is also called Texidor’s twinge, who was one of the first people who described this syndrome. It occurs as if you’re having a bubble inside your chest and after it “bursts”, the pain goes away. It is considered as a localized cramp muscle, where it spasms for a few seconds. It subsides by itself.
- Heart Attack. It can be associated with a heart attack, but is is not that likely to happen. A heart attack causes the pain under the sternum area and not on the left side of the chest, bellow the breast. It is accompanied with tachycardia, difficulty in breathing, cold sweat, pain which can radiate towards your shoulder, arm and into your left hand. It is a severe condition which needs an urgent medical attention.
- Pericarditis. It can be a possible cause as well where it occurs when your pericardial sac gets inflamed. It causes the inflammation fluid to build up between the layers, causing friction and stabbing pain, especially when breathing. It helps when you sit and bend forward. It does not radiate towards left hand and it hurt by movement, so you will know how to differentiate it.
- Cyst. Cysts may appear inside the chest area but it doesn’t cause such severe pain. It can be felt like pain when moving or if it grows bigger and compresses the other organs. It is best to advise with a doctor for the right measures to be taken.
- Stress. This is common in people who are sensitive and often get into stressful situations. It can be pretty painful with a stabbing sensation bellow the breast area due to a nerve inflammation. It does not end up in certain conditions and it subsides by itself when you relax and calm down.
Depending on a cause, the treatment can be quite different. Some of them don’t need any of the treatments, and will subside on its own. On the other hand, some conditions are considered serious and need medical attention.
- Changing Your Lifestyle. You should decrease the possibility of stress and stressful situations. Try to relax and pamper yourself once in a while. It will be good for you and you will take the worry of your mind. You can include some relaxation tools like yoga or meditation which are proven to be very helpful.
- Change Your Diet. If you’re having digestive problems and you eat bad food, you should consider changing it for your own sake. It can make you gassy, cause gastritis or heartburn. You should avoid alcohol, carbs, sugary and carbonated juices, fat food and fast food as well. Anything fried should not be in your menu. It can also lead to heavy consequences if you suffer from a hernia or ileus.
- Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory If you’re having excessive pain and it lasts quite some time, you can try with over-the-counter medications to see if it will ease your pain. If not, you should consider going to the doctor’s office.
- Cyst Removal. If you’re suffering from the cyst and it is causing a severe pain, you should consult with your doctor. You may have to go to surgery for a cyst removal.
- Antibiotics. If you are having a condition which is caused by bacteria, you will need to take some tests to identify the type of bacteria and to see which drug is useful for the actual bacteria. A doctor will prescribe you an antibiotic which you will have to intake until you complete the prescribed therapy period. It is important to stick with a doctor’s treatment due to a risk of bacteria resistance development. This can occur if you stop taking the drug and the bacteria get immunity on the specific drug which will no longer affect the pathogen. A doctor will have to find another medicine which might not affect as quite as good as the previous one. It is important not to take an antibiotic by your own as well, as you will not know which one works best for your condition.