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Doctor insights on: The Middle Of My Chest Hurts When I Do Push Ups Or Lift Weights

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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Chest Pain (Definition)

The chest resides between the neck & abdomen. Chest pain refers to ...Read more


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For over a year I've had bad chest pain. If I do push-ups it feels like my sternum is going to snap. It's also very painful to lay down on my back and for about 5-10 seconds I have trouble breathing. Hoping someone can diagnose this. Thanks.

For over a year I've had bad chest pain. If I do push-ups it feels like my sternum is going to snap. It's also very painful to lay down on my back and for about 5-10 seconds I have trouble breathing. Hoping someone can diagnose this. Thanks.

There is no uniform: Diagnosis that can be obtained over the internet. You will need to be examined and probably have some X-rays or physical therapy evaluation to determine what is causing your symptoms. Make an appointment to be evaluated by a health care professional as soon as you can. ...Read more

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I have been having chest pain on the right side of my body on and off for over a month. I lift weights regularly but it hurts at random times.?

Rib torsion.: Lie down face up. Have friend compress your chest at sternum with downward pressure. See if reproduces pain. Also when experience it try locate it and press hard. If reproduces or increases it probably torsioned rib which is common. We call them rib lesions. If at area where rib stops and cartilage attaches it to sternum that's costochondrits? Sports trainer could check it. ...Read more

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I have a specific day of the week where I lift weights to build my chest, but will it be to much for me to do push ups every night too?

I have a specific day of the week where I lift weights to build my chest, but will it be to much for me to do push ups every night too?

Probably not: There are many famous athletes who historically have done push-ups in their daily routine, including hershel walker and tim tebow (who would do as many as 400 in a day). Some would argue, however, that a muscle group needs about 48 hours to fully recover to maximize training gains. You may have to try it and see. Thank you. ...Read more

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Been having left chest pain and on back of left scalpa I lift weights and do cardio could this pain be possible due to weight trainning?

Been having left chest pain and on back of left scalpa I lift weights and do cardio could this pain be possible due to weight trainning?

Most likely: Given your age, gender and level of fitness, the most likely cause is "musculoskeletal", that is related to the tendons, bones and muscles in your body; rather than your heart itself. This is especially suggested by the pain being present with lifting weights "isometric", which usually doesn't strain the heart itself.
Visit your doctor, to screen for more serious, but unusual causes. ...Read more

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Chest hurts when I push on it. I get sharp pains sometimes in chest in the same spot. Upper lt side. Lately rt blade pain. Neg nuc stres scan 1 yr ago?

Chest hurts when I push on it. I get sharp pains sometimes in chest in the same spot. Upper lt side. Lately rt blade pain. Neg nuc stres scan 1 yr ago?

Sounds like you may: Have fibromyalgia or another inflammatory response in the muscles and/or bones of your chest. These symptoms are highly unlikely to be related to your cardiovascular system. Ask your health care provider if treatment for fibromyalgia could be tried as a therapeutic trial for your symptoms. ...Read more

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What can I do if my chest hurts when I cross my arms or lift them forward. What could it be?

What can I do if my chest hurts when I cross my arms or lift them forward. What could it be?

Muscular: Classic description of muscular pain. You have pectoralis muscles, intercostal muscles, and even a part of the latissimus dorsi muscle that attach to your chest wall and when these are sore, they hurt in the pattern you describe. ...Read more

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I woke up with upper chest pain the past two days. It does not hurt when I am in a neutral position but if I push my shoulders either back of foreword?

I woke up with upper chest pain the past two days. It does not hurt when I am in a neutral position but if I push my shoulders either back of foreword?

Musculoskeletal: You pain sounds musculoskeletal. There are joints, bones, and muscles in the chest and they all move when you move your chest. If any one of those is injured or inflamed, it will hurt. It is unusual that musculoskeletal chest pain is of a serious nature and with time, it will improve. ...Read more

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I have alternating chest pain, sometimes on the (r) but mostly on the (l). It hurts to breathe in, to lift my arms, or to lift objects. What is this?

I have alternating chest pain, sometimes on the (r) but mostly on the (l). It hurts to breathe in, to lift my arms, or to lift objects. What is this?

Usually muscular: Pain that migrates usually is not cardiac. Pain on breathing can be from lungs or muscular, but pain on lifting mostly musculoskeletal. Looks like you had a bunch of tests so they would have seen if it's anything serious. Where is it exactly? Was it relating to weightlifting? Keep talking to your doc as we need a very thorough history to diagnose cases like this. ...Read more

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I woke up with severe pain when I lift my arm. And everytime I lift my arm my chest hurts bad what can it b even when I started to lift my arm hurted?

I woke up with severe pain when I lift my arm. And everytime I lift my arm my chest hurts bad what can it b even when I started to lift my arm hurted?

Musculoskeletal: Movement of left arm which reproduces pain in arm nd chest sounds musculoskeletal. Something might be injured in your arm/shoulder/ neck. See your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Chest hurts down left arm and neck when I bend it for two weeks. When I push in on my brest it hurts?

Musculoskeletal pain: Sounds like pain from your chest wall (muscles, bones, joints). If it persists talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I've a middle chest pain more to the left when I run 170+ hr. The pain worsen when I exhale, when I inhale the pain decrease. New to running+weight lift?

Working too hard: You are likely exceeding your maximum exercise heart rate. Exercise heart rate should be 80% of you age maximum. If you are 28 y/o male, that number should be 150-155 beats per minute. At 170+ bpm, you are working your heart too hard and it is telling you (your symptoms described above) to turn it down a notch. Those are symptoms of cardiac stress. Build up your exercise program slowly. ...Read more

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Why does my chest bone hurt wen I do push ups?

Why does my chest bone hurt wen I do push ups?

Ans: Well how many push ups are you doing? Most likely just strain. Stop doing so many push-ups and see how you do ...Read more

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Could weighted push ups put mass in chest?

Yes: Push ups are an overall good exercise for chest, upper extremities and core ...Read more

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Started working out on my chest and back by lifting weights and doing push ups but after I'm done the next days I feel like I have trouble breathing.

Started working out on my chest and back by lifting weights and doing push ups but after I'm done the next days I feel like I have trouble breathing.

Sounds normal: You could have this feeling because of soreness in the chest muscles. If you think it is related to asthma, which can be induced by exercise, you should see a primary care provider. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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After doing push ups today. My left chest and upper left back area hurts with Sharp pain when I breathe in deeply, cough, or belch.

Pulled muscle: Your symptoms are consistent with pulled muscle. Any NSAID like motrin or advil (ibuprofen) will help. If you have increased pain or trouble breathing you need to be seen. ...Read more

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The middle of my chest hurts when I swallow food. After a few second the pain goes away. It feels like the food is getting stuck in my chest.?

The middle of my chest hurts when I swallow food. After a few second the pain goes away. It feels like the food is getting stuck in my chest.?

Esophagitis!: You have esophagitis. When you swallow, the wave of contraction hits the area of inflammation. Pain! This is clear. Otc Prilosec probably will help. If it does, the diagnosis is almost certain. Then you need your doc to help find out why! ...Read more