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chest pain in lump on the left side

lump on the left side of my chest with pain to the touch
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replied March 27th, 2012
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The painful lump 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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