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Chest pain between the ribs

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As I was sitting today, I bent over to clean a bottom shelf in a closet. I got a knot like pain in between my ribs just below my breasts. I quickly stood up and streched and that seemed to make it go away. I am curious as to why that would have happened.

I know that 4 years ago when i was pregnant, I had a hard lump in that area. My ob/gyn checked it out and said it was nothing to worry about. After the pregnacy it went away....until today that is.

Does anyone know what this could be, and is something that I should go and see my doctor about??

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replied August 24th, 2010
General Q and A Answer A15583
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You want to know the cause of the symptoms that you experience.

Pain in the chest between the ribs, especially during physical activity, may indicate straining of the muscles. Sometimes pain described as stabbing or pressure experienced in the left chest or under the sternum, may indicate a cardial issue.

According to the data that you described, it is likely that you experience pain due to muscle strain. If you experience pain in the left chest, accompanied with tachycardia or changes of the rhythm of the heartbeat, see a cardiologist for further diagnosis.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor for further advice and information about diagnosis and treatment options.

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