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A 16-year-old female asked:

I have sharp pain in the center of my chest. hurts to touch. hurts to take deep breath, laugh, or stretch. though it was from anxiety at first. im 16.

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
Costochondritis = : inflammation of the cartilage that connects ribs to the breastbone, or costosternal junction. Local swelling + pain that worsens as you describe + local tenderness = Tietze Syndrome. Causes = unrecognized injury, coughing, etc. or unknown. Ibuprofen, avoiding painful actions Lidoderm patches & local steroid injections reduce pain, but they last 6 or > wks. & stop on their own.Painful, but benign

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A 16-year-old female asked:

I have sharp pain in the center of my chest. Hurts to touch. Painful to take a deep breath, laugh, or stretch. Though it was from anxiety at first. ?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
Pain: There are several possibilities for the kind of pain you describe. Musculoskeletal is the most likely perhaps inflammation in the costochondral junctions, but other things are possible.
Last updated Feb 4, 2018

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