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Localised chronic chest pain
« on: June 05, 2014, 06:36:40 AM »
Hi all

About 6 months I experienced chest pain, localised to a very specific area (around the upper sternum). It was only painful if I applied any pressure but it was very sensitive (running fingers along sternum was enough to trigger the sharp pain).

I went to the Dr and they said it was probably costochondritis and suggested Ibuprofen (which I took and the symptoms did seem to improve).

Anyway, move to the present day and its very sporadic - the sensitivity will come and go. The last few days its been particularly sensitive.

Has anyone else experienced something like this?

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Re: Localised chronic chest pain
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2014, 08:08:15 AM »
Welcome to anxietyzone. Sometimes I get tenderness, but the key is not to keep pressing on it
as it may make the feeling worsen.
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Re: Localised chronic chest pain
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2014, 04:31:26 PM »
This was once my most common symptom of anxiety. I get it much less now that I am careful to avoid carrying so much tension in my chest and shoulder. Also, I get a therapeutic massage about once per month and that helps a lot, too. It helps to know that this is a pretty typical anxiety symptom, and that it is not indicative of a heart or lung issue.
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Re: Localised chronic chest pain
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2014, 04:44:15 PM »
YES, I have this same thing and have had it for over a year now.  I've had one doctor say it sounded like Costochondritis, although I don't have all of the symptoms for that.  It's just tender to touch and aches off and on. 

I went for a stress test on Monday and they had to push down for a while to do an u/s of my heart.  OMG....it's still super sore to even lightly touch that area. 

My cardiologist said if you have a pain in your chest that you can reproduce by touch, it's not heart related.
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Re: Localised chronic chest pain
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2014, 05:15:37 PM »
I tend to carry my tension in my chest too.  Almost 2 years straight of 24/7 heart attack symptoms, although it's been better in the past few weeks.  I have a foam roller that helps, I lay back across it to stretch my chest out.
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Re: Localised chronic chest pain
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2014, 05:20:48 PM »
What exactly does it mean to carry your anxiety in your chest?
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Re: Localised chronic chest pain
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2014, 05:23:05 PM »
What exactly does it mean to carry your anxiety in your chest?

I suppose this is different for everyone, but when my anxiety ramps up, my chest tightens up.  When I'm calming, the pain goes away.  Make sense?  It's as if there's a direct connection right to my chest.
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Re: Localised chronic chest pain
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2014, 05:42:35 PM »
That does make sense.  I tend to feel the soreness in the front of my chest, the pain radiating down my arm constantly and today I even felt this pressure feeling in my upper back.  I took a gas pill thinking it was that but it's still there. 

Any idea why I would feel all of these pains only when I'm moving around?  When I sit or lie down, I feel 90% better.  But the minute I get up and start doing things, the achy begins. 

Weird.
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Re: Localised chronic chest pain
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2014, 02:15:00 AM »
The reason you feel it more when you move around is because you are using those sore, knotted muscles. When you are at rest they are at rest, too.
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