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A 40-year-old member asked:

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

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
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.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Multiple things: Could be a problem with skin, nerves, muscle, shoulder, lung, heart, or stomach. See your doctor for a more thorough history, physical exam and further evaluation. If you sleep on your stomach you could have a neck strain that radiates pain to the chest or arm. Get checked out just to make sure.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

How can I get chest wall pain to go away?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
Chest pain: The cause of chest wall pain informs the treatment choice for the pain. Your doctor can evaluate the situation and recommend the treatment.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What causes chest wall pain?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
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.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What can cause chest wall pain?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
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 36-year-old member asked:

Any ideas on why chest wall pain won't go away?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Depends: On the cause. Unable to comment without further info. See your doctor for full evaluation.
Last updated Dec 10, 2013

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