Why Am I Getting Chest Pains When I'm 15?

Published: November 18, 2016
Dear TeenHealthFX,
CHEST PAINS!!Hi im a 15year old girl! When I lay down i get chest pains on my chest (right side)!! This happes once or more times a week. When ever i get the pain i feel discomfort and pain... I really cant explain the pain but it has been going on for a year or so now and i think it might be getting worse. I ahvent gold my parents about this should i? I really need help because it hurts and its kinda embarasing to be at a friends house and get the "attack". It some times helps when i put my hand in a wierd position under my back... HELP ME!! Thanks<3
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Dear Why Am I Getting Chest Pains When I'm 15?,

Several things could be causing pain in the chest area. Girls who participate regularly in sports, such as swimming or lacrosse, can experience muscular issues in the chest area because they do not have the same kind of muscle mass in that area as boys do. Also, if someone has an eating disorder, such as anorexia, it is possible for certain heart conditions to develop. In addition, pain in the chest area could be due to panic attacks, breast tenderness or certain cardiac conditions that can occur in children and teens.

TeenHealthFX cannot give any kind of accurate diagnosis over the web in terms of knowing what exactly is causing these chest pains. However, if you have been experiencing these pains several times a week for a year then it is very important for you to tell your parents about your symptoms so that they can schedule an appointment right away with your primary care physician or with an adolescent medicine specialist. A doctor needs to give you a physical and get a full description of the symptoms you have been experiencing so that he/she can determine the cause of these chest pains and provide any needed treatment.

FX is not sure why you have not wanted to tell your parents, but if you do tell your parents and they are reluctant to take you to the doctor right away for some reason, please tell your school nurse or school guidance counselor so that someone can intervene on your behalf to ensure you get the medical attention you need.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX