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My sternum is painful with an egg shaped knot at the base. I had an X-ray and was told nothing looked abnormal. The pain is low grade but constant.

My sternum is painful with an egg shaped knot at the base. I had an X-ray and was told nothing looked abnormal. The pain is low grade but constant.

Sternal pain: More history and exam is needed to further make suggestions. Chances are the pain is coming from the muscles around your sternum or a cartilage attached to it. The condition is known as costochondritis. Xrays would be normal in that condition. You warm applications, anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen/naproxen would be appropriate, avoidance of activities known to make it worse. ...Read more

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Would it be unusual or concerning for my chest to hurt when i'm cold?

That is possible: If the air you inhale is not adequately warmed as it travels through your nares (nose) then it is possible for it to reach your lungs at too cold a temperature & cause bronchospasm. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get chest trauma, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get chest trauma, or is it unusual?

Occasional: Chest trauma occurs when the chest receives a direct blow. Common causes include motor vehicle accidents, sports accidents, personal altercations (a punch to the chest), falls, and industrial injuries. Minor trauma is uncomfortable but does not affect breathing. More major trauma may include broken ribs or sternum, and can affect breathing and may reflect injury inside the chest. ...Read more

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I feeling something unusual jus below my left chest which come and goes and mostly its off and i also have bounding pulse all over the body?

I feeling something unusual jus below my left chest  which come and goes and mostly its off and i also have bounding pulse all over the body?

Palpitations?: It sounds as though you might be experiencing palpitations. It's very common in young adults. It might be due to skipped or extra heart beats, or it might not be related to your heart at all. Sometimes palpitations can be exacerbated by anxiety, caffeine, or thyroid problems. You might want to check with a physician, especially if you have chest pain, breathing trouble, or fainting. ...Read more

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I have a lesion on my chest that is 1 cm in size irregular borders ,dry and scaling. I am fair and freckled skinned with a lot of Sun exposure.

I have a lesion on my chest that is 1 cm in size irregular borders ,dry and scaling. I am fair and freckled skinned with a lot of Sun exposure.

See a dermatologist: The lesion you describe has 2 red flag signs: size greater than 6 mm and irregular borders. Dryness and scaling of the lesion are possible warning signs of actinic keratosis ( a possible precursor of cancer) or skin cancer. Please see a dermatologist for examination and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I've been having chest pain for 4 days & only at night. It is not so much a burning but is in the middle of my chest. I haven't done anything unusual?

See your doctor: Chest pain is never something you take lightly. Although it would be unlikely for someone your age to have heart problems, and the symptoms you describe are also unlikely to be heart related, it's best to be seen and a good examination made. There are a few things that could do this, but best see your doctor. ...Read more

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What does atypical chest pain mean?

What does atypical chest pain mean?

Atypical...: Chest pain due to heart pain has certain features like substernal pain that radiates to the jaw and left arm, pain described as pressure-like, etc.Chest pain that does not have these classic features is called atypical chest pain. Atypical chest pain is less likely to be due to the heart but still could be so testing to rule out the heart may still be indicated, especially if no other source found ...Read more

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Should i be worried about this unusual chest pain?

Should i be worried about this unusual chest pain?

Could be: Chest pains could also come from a problem with skin, nerves, muscle, shoulder, lung, heart, or stomach. See your doctor for a more thorough history, physical exam and further evaluation. ...Read more

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I've got unusual chest pain on leaning over, what is wrong with me?

I've got unusual chest pain on leaning over, what is wrong with me?

Chest pain: To answer the question you need to see a doctor who can evaluate your status and condition as well as possible contributions of body structure and posture. ...Read more

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Would it be unusual or concerning for my chest to hurt whilst jogging in the cold?

Would it be unusual or concerning for my chest to hurt whilst jogging in the cold?

Angina, cold airway?: Chest tightening on exertion, worse in the cold, is a classic presentation of angina pectoris which literally means a discomfort in the chest. It is the symptom of coronary narrowings (cad). On the other hand some folks get burning in their airways or even spasm of the airways on exercise (cold-induced asthma or a spectrum of same), due to airway reactivity in the cold. A stress test will help. ...Read more

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Is it abnormal to have no pectoralis on the left side of the chest? What can be done?

Sounds like: Poland's syndrome, congenital absence of pectoralis major muscle. It is generally a cosmetic problem more than a functional one. Plastic surgeon can fix it for you. ...Read more

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I can see the pulsation in my husbands chest. He complains that it feels irregular or fast. I notice a difference when I feel his chest. Normal?

I can see the pulsation in my husbands chest. He complains that it feels irregular or fast. I notice a difference when I feel his chest. Normal?

Rhythm?: It depends on the rhythm. Is it consistent? Or random? Check by the pulse of the wrist. Forget the chest look exam. If the rhythm is completely random I'd go to the ED but it's not something super urgent bit should be done to be safe. If it's a consistent beat, maybe an occasional premature one but otherwise like a metronome... he's fine. If there's chest pain go to ED too. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to have a sore chest from coughing?

Is it unusual to have a sore chest from coughing?

Yes: A hard cough , because the chest muscles are stretching can certainly cause soreness. Anti-inflammatories may help. ...Read more

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What are some spnial or chest causes of abnormal postures?

What are some spnial or chest causes of abnormal postures?

Postures: Scoliosis, kyphosis, pectus excavatum, and unequal leg length or pelvic disorders can all cause abnormal postures. If you are concerned then see your physician to have those things checked out. ...Read more

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And after taking fluvoxamine, I noticed chest discomfort is this abnormal?

And after taking  fluvoxamine, I noticed chest discomfort is this abnormal?

Possibly anxiety: With any kind of chest pain it is important to get it checked out to make sure that it is not possibly cardiac related. However, it could very easily be from the luvox. Although Luvox (fluvoxamine) is an antidepressant and antianxiety medication, if it is started too quickly at too high of a dose it can actually cause anxiety in the beginning. Many people experience anxiety as chest discomfort. ...Read more

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I once physically saw my heart beating very hard in my chest for a minute or 2, after which I felt as though my heart was sinking. Is this abnormal?

I once physically saw my heart beating very hard in my chest for a minute or 2, after which I felt as though my heart was sinking. Is this abnormal?

At your age: this is VERY COMMON and chances are REGULAR exercise can prevent such episodes of "palpitations" If it happens again...tell your Primary Care Provider.. Hope this helps! DR Z ...Read more