Since you are continuing to have these symptoms now for four days, it would be a good idea to get some advice from your primary care doctor
. They'll be able to perform a complete exam and help you figure out if this is something you need to worry
When ever someone is having chest pains, it is important to rule out a heart related problem. Your symptoms do not entirely fit with this, and you are also young. However, your doctor will ask more questions about the exact nature of the pain and help determine if you need additional testing, such as blood work or an electrocardiogram (ECG
) to rule out a heart problem.
They will be able to consider other more likely causes of the pain as well. For example, a pulled or strained muscle between the ribs is a very common problem and it typically causes intermittent pinching pain like you describe that is often worse when taking in a deep breath. An inflammation of the joints between the ribs and the sternum, called costochondritis, produces a similar pain, and both of these conditions can be treated with good doses of anti inflammatory medications prescribed by your doctor. Please make an appointment soon.