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Persistent chest ache

21 Oct 2019 11:58


Over the past month I've developed a persistent ache in the right side of my chest. It's often worse in the morning and then gets a bit better through the day. It's worse when I lean over or forward.

For about 2 months I have had persistent belching and gas and was treated for acid reflux, but the chest pain on the right side has got worse, or at the very least persisted (it's achey rather than heartburn-style feeling).

I am 27 and stopped smoking 2 months ago after previously smoking since I was 21. The doctor sent me for a chest x-ray which I had on Friday and am now anxiously waiting for the results.

Has anyone else had a similar issue? I know I just need to wait for the results but it's hard not to fear the worst.

Many thanks,


Persistent chest ache

22 Oct 2019 09:58 in response to Rob92

Hello and thanks for posting on the forum,

I am sorry to hear about your different symptoms. I can understand that  waiting for results can be very stressful and it is unsettling not knowing what is going on.

There can be many reasons for your side effects and it does not always mean a cancer diagnosis. Cancer at your age is quite rare.  

I think you will have to wait for the results of your chest  xray.  

Try not to worry too much. Some people find it helps to keep them selves busy while they are waiting to find out what is going on

I hope you find out what is going on soon.  Do give us a ring if you want to talk this through. Stay off google as you will not be able to diagnose yourself and it is too general. You may find it helpful to talk things through with one of the nurses on our helpline.  The number to call is Freephone 0808 800 4040 and the lines are open from 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday.

Best Wishes,


Persistent chest ache

22 Oct 2019 20:45 in response to CRUK Nurse Catherine

In reply to Rob


Try to keep busy to ease your mind.  I  had severe chest and rib pain. My chest xray result   took a few weeks as they wanted to do other tests and give me all the results together.

I had fluid on the lung.  Now i have alot more going on which i am still waiting results for.

It is always a difficult time waiting for results.  Being positive and keep busy by doing the things you enjoy will hopefully make the time go quicker and get plenty of rest.

Hope you get your results soon and make a list of all the questions you need to ask your consultant or GP.