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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/14/2007 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys.  Just wondering if anyone know what it is when you have chest soreness...not pain, all over the front of your chest, and even on your ribs, that seems to feel worse, or intensify when you push on those areas.  I've been feeling this for around 2 months now.  I get pressure in my chest, maybe pressure is the wrong word, discomfort, soreness, I am not sure how I would describe it really, and it seems to be worse if I push on my chest.
It doesn't get worse with physical activity.  It feels pretty good if I lay on the area that hurts.  Sometimes, Aleve helps, but not always.  It is strange.  Anyone ever heard of this???
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   Posted 6/15/2007 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
My duaghter and I get COSTROCHONDRITIS all the time.  You will need to be checked for infection, as that sometimes is the cause.  We get it from having Lupus.  Costrochondritis is inflammation of the ribs and/or sternum (mid breast bone) area.  Bascially if you cough it will hurt, turn certain ways it will be sore, press on it sore, and it may be difficult to breath at times.  Generally, infection is the cause but there could be other causes too.  It is not an emergency but something to keep an eye on.  The doctor will give you an anti-inflammatory like Motrin to reduce the swelling.  It lasts about 2 weeks.  If it doesn't resolve within 2 weeks you will want to get rechecked.  See the doctor though, it is important that they have a record of the occurance and need to know what to look for if it worsens.
Also you may want a chest x-ray done just to make sure it hasn't affected the heart area as infections spread sometimes.  Doesn't sound like it though as you would have symptoms similar to angina and it is rare to get Pericarditis/Endocarditis.  As a precaution, if it does get weird and you have strange heart symptoms get to the E.R. pronto.
I hope this helps.  Again, it is quite common to get this but a doctor has to examine you to be sure this is the cause.
Take care - Kristin

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   Posted 6/15/2007 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Kristin for answering. Was starting to think I'd never get answers! Ha ha ha.

Thank you kindly for taking the time to talk to me.

Some things I am still said it lasts about 2 weeks. I have been dealing with this for nearly 2 months. Does it still sound like what you are saying?

Also, I was talking to some people this morning who said that this could also be from me quitting smoking 2 months ago. Have you ever heard of that before?

I am a 26 year old female who is in and always has been in general good health, up until this. Also, I deal panic and anxiety.

Yes, I know, all details I should have added earlier!!!

At any rate...thanks for the reply!!

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