Stabbing chest pain which has developed into aching pain

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This started about 6 months ago, a sharp shooting pain in the left side of my chest. These pains didn’t worry me as it only happened twice and lasted approximately 20 mins. About 3 weeks ago I experienced the same pain but with a lingering effect in my chest, a pain that didn’t go away, not a sharp stabbing pain but an ache. This gradually got better in 4 days but on the 5th day the ‘process’ repeated itself. Now I feel a small pain in my chest which comes and goes and now has given me a stiff neck and back. These symptoms seem to calm down when I’m at work and I’m not thinking about the pain, but I still feel it’s in there, as if it is reminding me. There are no known triggers for this ache and pain, it’s just random. Sometimes it does start when I bend down to put socks on etc but other than that no real trigger. I am a 17 year old male, and I’m worried that this isn’t a muscular pain or pulled muscle as it would hurt all the time right? It wouldn’t just come and go? I’m worried that it’s a serious desiese but the symptoms when searched don’t point out any diagnosis. I’ve been to the docs, no actual scan on heart or x Ray as I only went to my gp who has booked an appointment for me and checked my blood pressure & heart rate which all seem fine, no real tests though such as a blood test or ecg scan or ultrasound. I hope this isn’t a chronic or serious desiese and that it will just pass. Thanks in advance for replies. 

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    Hi Zack, this sounds quite similar to what I’m experiencing. I’ve been getting the pains on/off for around 3 years now. The pain is a sharp stabbing pain in the left side over my heart. I’ve been to the GP numerous amounts of times because of it but still no further forward. I’ve had ECG & chest X-ray and all cane back as normal. Same as you it’s not triggered by anything it’s random. I seem to have spells of it that last up to around a month and I will have the pains everyday. It gets me down and effects my life a lot of I’m constantly worrying about it and that something is seriously wrong. Mine can sometimes be when I bend down as well but not always. So frustrating!!

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    Have you looked up costochrindis/tiezes syndrome? It's all so so with muscles on chest and ribcage the pain can be reproduced if you press the affected area x 

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      Hi Emma, yeah one dr did say she thinks it’s tiezes but I don’t have any tenderness so I’m not sure.

      Aw I hope your op sorts that out for you! Sounds horrible 😩 xx

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    Katie I too get that pain when I bend down sometimes :-( it takes your breath away doesn't it.   I've been suffering from nasty chest tightness again all week I have a chronic sinus infection which has now meant I'm in for an operation this year as ct scan showed sinus are all blocked 😥 So scared x 

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