A member asked:

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

4 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Crystal Twynham answered

Specializes in General surgery, Breast Surgery, Cancer Surgery, Bariatric (weight loss) surgery, Endocrine surgery, Minimally invasive surgery

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.

Answered Mar 26, 2013


Dr. Maritza Baez answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

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.

Answered Dec 10, 2013



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