I've had this weird pain (precordial catch syndrome, I believe) since I was ten (I'm seventeen now) and over the years, I found different methods of dealing with the pain. I'm sure many of you looked up "chest pain" on the web and found links to heart attacks (very reassuring, note the sarcasm) and other things like PCS.
1. According to the information on Wikipedia, deep breathing may help: "Although deep inhalation during a PCS attack will likely cause an increase in pain, many have found that forcing themselves to breathe as deeply as possible will result in a "popping" or "ripping" sensation which quickly and completely resolves the PCS episode." This worked for me sometimes, but I found alternate methods that work faster.
2. According to the eHow website, breathing shallowly for thirty seconds or stretching can help: "lean to your right and stretch out your left side, it'll relieve the pain as well."
3. My favourite method is immediately lying down, facedown on my stomach. Breathe normally and the pain will suddenly disappear, I guarantee it. Of course, you probably won't want to do this went you're at work, at a restaurant, in class, or somewhere else where everyone else is watching.
4. So, here's a second method that works pretty well, too: lean forewards (ideally, your core/trunk/chest would be parallel to the ground) and push your fist hard against your ribcage or wherever you feel the pain. Push your fist as hard as necessary and move it around, experiment a bit. Usually, I get a popping sensation, as if something inside that was previously out of place jumped back into its proper position or something. Feels weird, but the pain should go away.
5. Sometimes, when you begin getting the pain, sitting up straight can make it go away. I strongly suggest that all of you make sure you try to have good posture in general in order to prevent the pain.
6. Furthermore, I found that keeping calm helps prevent the chest pain we all experience. I've done some meditating since I get stressed out easily and it's helped a bit. Just sit down in a comfy chair with your back straight, shoulders back, hands on your lap, legs a little bit spread apart, and muscles relaxed. Close your eyes and let your thoughts pass through your mind, but don't respond to them, just let them pass. Inhale and exhale slowly and deeply, for example inhale for 5 seconds and exhale for 6. When you do this "breathe with your stomach", as some people say, let your belly move in and out. Try doing this 3 times a day or more or less, depending on your preference (for example: when you wake up, before you fall asleep, and sometime in between). This is just a prevention method and it helps you feel calmer throughout the day. Avoid procrastination as well and try to work in quiet places (if you're a student, doing homework in the study areas at your local library is nice). Tell people about the things that stress you out and write down things that you need to remember.
I hope I helped. :)
http://www.failedsuccess.com/index.php?/weblog/comments/precordial_catch_syndrome_chest_pain/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precordial_catch_syndrome http://wellness.uwsp.edu/medinfo/handouts/Precordial%20Catch.pdf http://www.ehow.com/how_4552025_relieve-pain-precordial-catch-syndrome.html