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A 36-year-old member asked:

when i yawn, i get a very sharp pain in my chest. is this normal?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Almost certainly: During a yawn the chest wall expands which stretches many of the muscles connected to the chest wall. If these muscles are irritated or strained (particularly the intercostal muscles that sit between the ribs) you will experience a sharp pain.
Dr. Eric Toloza
Thoracic Surgery 30 years experience
Muscle spasms?: Most likely a muscle spasm from the sudden and very deep breath related to yawning ...

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