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A 43-year-old member asked:

What causes chest wall pain?

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Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Chest wall pain: Chest wall pain is very common ie with lifting or straining. Costochondritis defines an area of pain and inflammation on the breast bone area. Sometimes a late sequela of a pulmonary infection. The worst cause would be pulmonary infarct causing pleurisy or pain worse with breathing.
Dr. Budi Bahureksa
Cardiology 32 years experience
Musculoskeletal: Chest wall pain is musculoskeletal pain -- that is usually caused by nerve irritation or musculoskeletal injury.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What can cause chest wall pain?

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Dr. Sheila Calderon
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Virus: Often times it is viral in nature but you need an ekg to rule out any cardiac problems or lung issues. Some people get asthmatic and later have chest wall pain. Chronic coughing from bronchitis, smoking, and other lung irritations can cause this as well.
A 40-year-old member asked:

I have chest wall pain, and it goes to my breast--what could be causing this?

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Dr. Crystal Twynham
General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery 34 years experience
Muscle spasm: You have two big flat muscles in the chest -- the pectoralis muscles. If they spasm, it causes very intense, sharp stabbing pain, which can go to your breast. Comes and goes, might be brought on by using your arm/back/abs on that side. Massaging your chest (just like rubbing a charley horse out of a calf spasm) can help. If this occurs with exercise, eating, strong emotion --> check out heart.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for chest wall pain?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 50 years experience
We have to be: Careful, about possible cardiac origin, if that was addressed the second will be x-ray, cat scan and nerve block. This usually address most of the issues.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What is chest wall pain?

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Dr. James Chapman
Cardiology 42 years experience
External pain: Chest wall pain comes from the skin, bones, cartilage, or muscle of the thorax, and does not arise from the internal organs (heart, lungs). It is usually inflammatory in etiology, but may also be traumatic.
Lowell, AR
A 19-year-old female asked:

How to prevent chest wall pain.

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 42 years experience
1st, sort out basis: Chest wall pain: many origins; commonly recognized include: skin, intercostal muscles, cartilage (connecting ribs to ribs & ribs to sternum), pleuritic (chest wall inner lining and/or lining of lung surfaces), bone, esophagus, heart and/or within the lungs, & the list goes on. Step 1: learn the anatomy. & 2. Work on seeing what either induces or more clearly: what changes the pain, when present.
Last updated Aug 16, 2020

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