Pain in middle of chest

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   Posted 2/21/2008 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   
it started yesterday. Its right in the center...there are no muscles there. I did some chest exercises yesterday but nothing major. I've done them before and nothing like this happened. I feel it if I move a certain way or if I breathe deeply. Could it be gas? I wouldn't think it's heart related. Thing is I don't even think there's something in that location that COULD hurt, except the bone but it doesn't feel like it's the bone.


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   Posted 2/21/2008 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
phix - I 100% agree with gramps - it doesn't matter how young or old you are, if you have unexplained/unexpected chest pain you NEED to get in to see a doctor ASAP.

I have dealt with something similar, it's called "costochondritis" for me it started in the middle of the chest, and hurt like heck when I did anything with my arms that pulled on the chest. Costochondritis, based on my doctors info, is where the tissue connecting your ribs to your sternum becomes inflammed. For me, if I press anything on that area during a flare up it feels as if I'm pushing really hard on an area I have a bruise. The "treatment" for costochondritis is normally anti-inflammitory medication, like aleeve or motrin. For me putting an ice pack on that area for about 10 minutes would numb it enough it didn't hurt so bad.

Seriously though, make an appointment with your doctor, chest pain is not something to play with.

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   Posted 2/22/2008 2:53 AM (GMT -6)   

Like Gramps said do NOT take any chest pain lightly and if you have not sought answers by now and it is still giving you trouble please do so. Especially women display chest pain related to heart trouble in varying places and at varying degree's. i.e. the reason women have been misdiagnosed for years of heart problems.

It can always be something as simple as pleurisy or a strained muscle radiating the pain but always always better to take a few hours to get answers then to wait it out making the chances for serious damage higher. Please dont think I am trying to scare you but play it safe when your in PM and your meds might actually be masking the the intensity of the pain.


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   Posted 2/25/2008 3:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi.  I just found this forum tonight, and I too suffer with pain in the center of my chest.  It also goes around under my right breast to about the center of my right side.  Kind of in a straight line.
Do you also have this with your pain?  If so, please let me know what you've found out.  I'm in the begginning stage of a diagnosis.  Its frustrating.

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   Posted 2/26/2010 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I just found this form. My girlfriend has been having pains in the middle of her chest right around where you can feel the breast plate end. And it sounds like what you have been describing. She's gone into the doctor to see what it is, but seeing as I live far away I am worried for her, and am getting impatient with what the result may be. My nerves have gotten the better of me and I am now wondering if it could be pregnancy. Just wondering on thoughts or opinions.


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   Posted 2/27/2010 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   

I realize that all of these posts are old, except for the last I'll reply to that.

First of all, as previous posters said, SEE A DOCTOR ASAP!!! Because it could be heart-related.

I'm so glad your girlfriend is doing just that!!

But if heart problems are ruled out by the doctor (as happened to me), what then?

My story: I was rushed to a hospital with chest pains in the summer of 2008. They kept me for 3 days, ran all sorts of tests on me (all negative). The cardiologist even told me he wished he had my lipid profile! So after determining my heart/arteries/cholesterol were in great shape, they sent me home! Before being kicked out the door, I asked "But what caused my chest pain?", however, no one seemed to be interested once the heart was ruled out.

As it turns out, my problem was simply an esophageal spasm. Esophageal spasms are frequently triggered by acid reflux. Mine tend to happen about 1/2 hour after I take my prednisone in the morning (prednisone is notorious for causing acid reflux).

Other common possibilities include costochondritis (inflammation of the soft tissues which connect the ribs to the breast bone) or pleurisy (inflammation of membranes lining the chest cavity). Of course, only a doctor can help her figure out what the problem actually is.

Good luck to both of you!! Please keep us posted!

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   Posted 2/13/2012 4:10 AM (GMT -6)   
See ive had this chest pain since I was 16. Its a sharp pain over on my left side. Right over my breast.. its always there is never goes away. Most days I can handle the pain but somedays it gets really bad. Ive been seen by doctors but none can figure out what it is. I also have left heart failure an bigenemy(double heart beat) but they say the chest pain is not realated. They thought it might be from inflamation but ive been put on antiflamtorys an tbey never help. I was just in the emergency room today an they know something is wrong but cant figure it out. Its really fustrating. Ive had this pain for so long I dont even remember what it feels like to be pain free. Even on pain meds like loratabs and percect dont fully take the pain away.. i feel so broken an no one can fix me sad if you have any ideas lemme know. Any advice will help. Thanks


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   Posted 2/13/2012 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi StarFirre...welcome to HW...

This particular thread was started back in 2008 and the last post was back in 2010... (you'll find the dates at the top of the posts)...

So...we want as many people to see your post and welcome you to the boards...A moderator might be able to move your post to start a new thread...

Or you can start one on your own to introduce yourself...tell us about your pain journey...what's going on now, etc...

It's a great group of people here...we aren't Dr.s or medical professionals...we are pain patients like yourself....but everyone has great suggestions and are very empathetic to what it's like to be in chronic pain...

Nice to meet you:)
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