|i don't even know where this would go because it's not a normal chest pain which is part of what makes it unsettling. I have been a light to moderate smoker for about 8 years total. I have recently quit for good as i've started to pursue a career in the fire dept and the physical training simply doesn't jive, apart from all the other health reasons for quitting.
About 2 years I started to notice a pain in my chest. I have to emphasize this is a "physical" pain, meaning it has nothing to do with my breathing. It's my ribs. This is what I feel exactly. If I stretch out my arms behind my back I "feel" what seems to be my sternum, crack. It's the same feeling as cracking your knuckles. My ribs just sort of pop at the sternum and the tightness I felt before is relieved. The huge downside is that I have developed a sort of compulsive cracking of the ribs and now i'm always sore as a result. I can't help it, it's like a nervous tic that won't go away.
I have been unable to describe the sensation to my doctor, and as such he is unsure how to proceed. Has anyone ever heard of or felt anything like it? It just feels like my ribs are too big for my chest cavity and I have to crack them to relieve the pressure or something. It's very weird and it's most obvious in the mornings. Some people crack their necks.. I find myself cracking my chest.
I am 28yo male, no medical history of any note. Any help or ideas would be appreciated. Thanks !