I just realized that my chest hurts when I bend down and press on it. Also when I push my chest all the way out. Actually, even if I just normally sit there without bending or pushing it out. It's above the centre of the chest. It's where the V shaped bone is. Is that even normal? It only hurts when I press on it.
The pain described could be due to costochondritis or also due to involvement of other musculoskeletal structures in the chest wall too.
Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage connecting the ribs to the sternum (breast bone). It presents as a sharp pain in the affected cartilages, and may be associated with redness and swelling too.
Pain caused by costochondritis may mimic that of a heart attack or other heart conditions.
The proper diagnosis is usually done by clinical examination, and tests like X ray are needed just to rule out other causes like rib fractures.
Taking medications like Ibuprofen (Advil, motrin) can help in relieving the pain.
In case, they do not help, you may need treatment with prescription medications like antidepressants to control the pain.
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