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A 49-year-old female asked:

Causes of sporadic pinching pain in center of sternum? can it be from pinched nerve in thoracic or c. spine? conditions /causes how long can it last

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 53 years experience
Yes, similarly: "Pinched" feeling in mid-sternum likely represents Pectoralis major tendinitis at insertion of Pectoralis muscle on the sternum. Physical activities involving pushing or pulling could initiate. Use heating pad and rest. See your primary doctor if the symptoms persist.
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 55 years experience
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If the pain is replicated by palpation or muscle stress, then tendon pain is suspect. Prudence requires that a cardiovascular evaluation be undertaken to rule out disorders in that sphere.
Mar 8, 2015
Last updated Mar 8, 2015


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