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    Hi, I have been doing paleo for about five months with great weight loss results. I am a fairly active teen (weights, swimming a couple times per week). Lately, I have been noticing a recurring pain in the left side of my chest and I sometimes feel it on the right side of my chest as well. I am worried this might be related to an increase in saturated fats (eggs, avocado, dark chocolate..). Any thoughts?

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    I've had chest pains my entire life, usually breathing-related. Since going Primal almost 4 years ago, the sharper pains have disappeared, but I still get a dull ache from running, etc. Stress alone (upcoming tests?) can do it, as can singing too loud for too long.

    A woman's husband had arterial plaque, went paleo and was eating an avocado a day or more, and a year later all the plaque was gone. The foods you list are not the problem. Are you eating bagels at school or have you ever had asthma?
    Crohn's, doing SCD

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    • #3
      Thanks for the response! No, I don't eat bagels at school
      But maybe stress could be the problem, I'll focus on relaxing over the christmas break.
      Maybe yoga or meditation will help?

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      • #4
        Stress, muscle strain, gas, heart problems, entirely in your head... could be any number of things.
        -Ryan Mercer my blog and Genco Peptides my small biz

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        • #5
          Not just in head. If experienced, it's real, whatever the cause. Everything that happens happens in our heads, after all.

          But, relaxation techniques helped me a TON.
          Crohn's, doing SCD

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Olives000 View Post
            I am worried this might be related to an increase in saturated fats (eggs, avocado, dark chocolate..).
            Hehe, people always blame the fat!

            What about sugar?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Olives000 View Post
              Thanks for the response! No, I don't eat bagels at school
              But maybe stress could be the problem, I'll focus on relaxing over the christmas break.
              Maybe yoga or meditation will help?
              How much stress are you under?

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              • #8
                Polite suggestion: see a doctor. People on a forum cannot possibly tell you what's causing this.

                The chances that this is diet-related are slim to non-existent, but this could be a useful first sign of something up with your heart. Of course, it's much more likely to be indigestion - but find out now, so you know where you are and what kind of exercise you should be doing.

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                • #9
                  Do the pains coincide with certain things you do? Do they occur during or shortly after exercise, for example?

                  I get odd little pains in my sides and upper chest that have turned out to be nothing more than muscle tension. I tend to hold my body a little too stiffly when I do certain exercises, such as running. I'm better at keeping my body relaxed, but I still get those little, localized muscle cramps occasionally when I tense up again. I also get them when I'm under stress, or when I sit in a tense position for too long (such as flying Seattle to Dallas crammed in the middle seat between two fat people--so much fun). And often they won't show up until later, as I'm releasing the tension.

                  Yoga might help a lot if you tend to hold a lot of tension in your muscles; it'll help your athletics by improving flexibility, too.

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                  • #10
                    I'm going to see my family doctor soon but I'm worried she won't approve of paleo! I'm also curious to get a blood test done. Do you think that would be useful?

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                    • #11
                      From fruit? I usually have berries and some dried fruit.

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                      • #12
                        What kind of relaxation techniques do you recommend?

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                        • #13
                          For relaxation, I like counting (a set number, might vary for you, it's 4 for me and my body) breaths per heartbeat, focusing on slowing my heartbeat down. And I do this while counting down backwards from ten over and over, relaxing my whole body further consciously with each number I count down.

                          There's lots of fun ways to relax, though. Use your imagination. With your eyes closed, you can easily feel like you're being tossed about on the sea atop huge swelling waves. I recommend a little google-fu about relaxation techniques, and try some different stuff!


                          But this ache could also be your large intestine. You poop every day?
                          Crohn's, doing SCD

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Knifegill View Post
                            Not just in head. If experienced, it's real, whatever the cause. Everything that happens happens in our heads, after all.

                            But, relaxation techniques helped me a TON.
                            Don't write it off as it not being 100% mental. People regularly think they are having heart attacks, and they turn out to be panic attacks. They get worked up mentally and their body reacts physically. Not saying you are nuts but it's a very valid possibility.
                            -Ryan Mercer my blog and Genco Peptides my small biz

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Olives000 View Post
                              I'm going to see my family doctor soon but I'm worried she won't approve of paleo! I'm also curious to get a blood test done. Do you think that would be useful?
                              Then don't tell her you are paleo. Tell her you eat a diet of mostly meat, fruit and veg and avoid processed food, takeaways and sugar. Don't mention grains at all. She will approve.

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