Pain Under Left Breast: Causes Of Sharp Pain Under Left Breast Bone

While pain can be mostly normal, pain under left breast is something to reckon since the breast is one of the most sensitive areas in our body. The pain felt under the left breast can occur because of varied emotional and physical health concerns. These factors can range from mild to serious conditions and are even accompanied by sever discomforts such as disturbed and incomplete sleep. Some cases of pain in the left breast can be harmless and benign. However, it is definitely important to determine the probably causes of this sudden pain to know how best can you manage the pain.

Common Causes for Pain under Left Breast

  • The sharp pain under left breast can be rooted from a number of reasons. Among these is angina. Angina is a condition commonly associated with pressure or squeezing in the chest due to the lack of oxygen circulating in the heart through the blood.
  • Another reason for pain in the left breast bone can be caused by muscle spasm or muscle pinch. This condition might be caused by problems such as lack of salts and electrolytes, dehydration, and other nutritional deficiencies.
  • Believe it or not, flatulence can also cause a person to feel pain under his or her left breast.
    This is because the gas swallowed flows into the chest and ends up in the rectum.
  • A condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy may also bring sharp pain under left breast bone. HCM is a situation where the heart muscles thicken and causes the heart to hardly pump blood. This is a serious condition which can be fatal.
  • Other causes for pain in the left breast bone include ulcer, inflammation in certain digestive parts such as the stomach and esophagus, and stress.

These above causes of pain under the left breast can range from varying degrees. Hence, it is always important to consult with your physician to know what the options for treatment are.

16 Comments

  1. Roza said:

    I am 55y. Female and two months ago I felt a sharp pain in the sternum, even at the light touch. After that pain was spread to all ribs and back bone. Now it is unbearable and I am having pain therapy. CT scan was o.k., CPR is very high. It is said that I have sternalgia. Could you explain me how long will this last?

    December 1, 2010
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    • PUP said:

      There are many reasons of sternal pain. It can range from costochondritis to heart attack. In costochondritis, pain is aggravated by chest movement and touch. It may take several days. The symptom and intensity and time may vary from person to person.

      December 13, 2010
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  2. C N said:

    Two nights ago I was standing in my kitchen fixing dinner, and all of a sudden I had a pain under my left breast. It lasted for only ten seconds but it took me down to my knees. And the pain was unbearable. It really scared me. I felt really weak after that, can someone help me please?

    January 28, 2011
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    • PUP said:

      Can you tell me what your age is? Are you suffering from any diseases such as diabetes or hypertension?
      You have to consult your doctor regarding this matter. The pain can be due to a cause as minor as muscular pain or can be of more serious condition such as angina. Your doctor may advise you for certain blood examinations, and if needed he may even advise you to get an ECG done. In any case you should consult your physician and should not neglect the pain.

      February 5, 2011
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  3. Lucy said:

    I am 20 years old and about a month ago I noticed a dull pain under my left breast when adjusting the bra. The pain has been growing sharper and more noticeable lately and now it is very sensitive to the touch. It bothers me every time I move my bra or apply any pressure. In a very isolated spot it might be slightly swollen. I just want to know if this is something I should be concerned about.

    July 1, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      Many times wearing a tight fitting bra is the reason for such types of pain. So avoid wearing tight fitting bra for few days. Secondly there may be muscular catch. Just see if there is any skin abnormality under the breast such as fungal infection etc. Apply warm water fomentation it will help to relieve the pain. X-ray of chest will help to rule out if there is any pulmonary (lung) related problem.

      July 11, 2012
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  4. Aj said:

    I am 20 year old female. About three days ago, I had pain in my chest during daytime, but when I went to bed to lie on left side, there was unbearable sharp pain in my left breast. So I rolled back on my back and the pain vanished as soon as it had come. This is happening since two days. Today it is better. This has happened before in past but I have not done anything about it.

    October 10, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      There are many possibilities, but the most common cause for such type of pain is sudden catch in muscles. The chest muscle might have pulled. Second cause may be an infection in one of the ducts of breast tissue. In any condition, you should consult your doctor.

      October 10, 2012
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  5. KJ said:

    I am a 19 year old female having Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease. I have pain under my left breast for quite some time now. Should I be concerned about it because of my BAV disease.

    January 26, 2013
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    • PUP said:

      Yes, you have to consult a good cardiologist. Follow his advice. This will confirm if the pain is due to valve problem. There can be other reasons also for pain under the left breast.

      January 28, 2013
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  6. MP said:

    I am 31 years old and I have been experiencing pain in chest under my left breast. It is very painful and it has been there since 3 months. I went to the hospital but there is no improvement. Can someone tell me the cause for such pain?

    November 25, 2014
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    • PUP said:

      Pain below the breast on left side may be due to several reasons. It can be associated with heart disease, but at this age it is very unlikely. However, you should always rule out heart ailment by consulting your doctor. More common reason could be intercostal pain due to strained muscles and ligaments between the ribs. It may occur if you have lifted heavy object sometime back or pushed a heavy object such as a table etc. There are many other causes such as lung diseases etc. If the problem is chronic, you may need to undergo diagnostic tests which will be recommended by your doctor. X-ray chest, ECG, may be helpful for diagnosis of the condition.

      November 25, 2014
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  7. JU said:

    I have been experiencing pain under my left breast for about a week, at times there is tightness in my chest which comes and goes. However since past several days, it is been more severe and constant, especially at night. I am 56 years old.

    February 19, 2015
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    • PUP said:

      There are many causes of pain under the breast. This pain may be related to breast or the anatomical organs under the chest silhouette. It may be due to intercostal myalgia, where there is inflammation of the tissues between two ribs. Associated pain due to a lump in breast should always be ruled out in elderly women. The cause can be on right side of lung such as bronchitis, pleural effusion etc. Consult a surgeon or your family physician. After examination the real cause of pain can be confirmed. Meanwhile, till you fix an appointment with your doctor, you can do warm water fomentation and gentle massage around the painful area.

      February 20, 2015
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  8. VW said:

    I am 54 years old and have been experiencing sharp left chest pain under my left breast. It hurts while breathing. I have to sit up to cough, but still there is no relief in pain. I cannot lie on my left side to sleep due to pain. I am also having left arm pain and numbness in fingers; this has been going on since 3 days. Pain is unbearable at times, could this be gas?

    March 22, 2015
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    • PUP said:

      Since it is left side chest pain, you have to rule out if the pain is associated with any cardiac problems. Medical tests such as ECG (electrocardiogram) and X-ray of chest will help to rule out both lungs and heart problems. Apply warm fomentation on the painful site to alleviate pain. There are several pulmonary causes which can give rise to such pain such as bronchitis, emphysema, pleural effusion etc. Consult your doctor. After physical examination he will be able to recommend the treatment.

      March 24, 2015
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