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Crohn's disease is a systemic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) of unknown cause, that results in chronic inflammation of the intestinal tract. It can affect the entire gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus, and can also cause complications outside of the gastrointestinal tract. There is no known medical or surgical cure for Crohn's disease, but there are many medical treatments available.

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Chest pain and Crohn's?

Can anyone tell me if it is at all normal to have chest pains with Crohn's? I control my Crohn's mostly with diet but lately have been having piercing pain almost constantly in the left side of my chest, just under my breast. It feels like something is trying to dig it's way out! Although sometimes it is not bad, sometimes is the horrible and it has not really gone fully away in about five days.

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deleted_user

I have UC. I get chest pains. Sometimes a stabbing pain, sometimes a dull pain. It's intermittent. But some days it seems to last the majority of the day. It's almost always on the left side. I've asked my doc about it and she thinks it's pleurisy/pleuritis. She believes it's related to my being HLA-B27+.

But having said that, I suggest you see a doc ASAP. They really need to rule out something more serious like a pulmonary embolism (PE) - blood clots in the lungs. People with IBD are at an increased risk for them. Last year I suffered a PE. However, my initial symptoms were extreme fatigue and feeling super crappy and horrific pain in my back and sides. I never had shortness of breath or chest pain which are fairly common. They aren't anything to mess around with and I'm darn lucky to still be alive.

Good luck and take care!
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deleted_user

I've had a few SHARP pains, and more dull achey sensations. I keep a notebook of my syptoms and possible causes. Seems to me, mine might be from the prednisone....not sure yet.

Yes you should ask your doc about it for sure.
rmb
rmb

Yeah, don't mess around with chest pain. GI issues can cause chest pain; I've had gas that made me feel like I was having a heart attack. But I think it's a must see a doctor issue to rule out a heart issue, lung issue, too

I too have had a PEs in both lungs. I didn't have pain as a symptom but it's not uncommon for people to have pain. People die from PEs. I'm not trying to scare you but I just want to press upon you that you should see someone.
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deleted_user

Here's another thought I had. Pericarditis. People with IBD are at risk for it. Also, if I recall I do remember reading about it in the literature I get with my mesalamine prescription. It can sometimes cause mesalamine induced pericarditis. So if you use mesalamine, that may be something to look into. In fact, I may mention that to my doc next time I see her and ask her if that is a possibility for me.
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hey!i get sharp chest pains too!in that exact spot too!:( just never stressed..