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Fit 21 yr old runner but tightness in sternum during lifting an overhead press? Cardiac stress or lifting too heavy?

Fit 21 yr old runner but tightness in sternum during lifting an overhead press? Cardiac stress or lifting too heavy?

Probably positional: If you don't get the tightness during any other activity except overhead press then it is most likely positional and related to your muscles and bones rather than your heart. If you are getting the symptoms with other activities you should see your doctor. ...Read more

Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


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Mild, brief pains in chest, shoulders, arms, neck and legs. Usually on the left. Tightness around sternum and collarbone on left side. Ekg was normal?

Mild, brief pains in chest, shoulders, arms, neck and legs. Usually on the left. Tightness around sternum and collarbone on left side. Ekg was normal?

Not quite enuf info: At your age, likely benign, but furhterhistory and testing may be of value. Return to your md and see about getting these ?'s answered. Hrs, md, facc www.Thepmc.Org. ...Read more

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I have a tightness under my sternum. Comes with and without hungry pains. Gets better with food but comes on again with hunger pains later... Serious?

I have a tightness under my sternum. Comes with and without hungry pains. Gets better with food but comes on again with hunger pains later... Serious?

Possible Problem: The symptoms you are describing are most typical for a stomach ulcer. They can also be seen with a hiatal hernia (extension of the stomach above the diaphragm) and with gastritis (inflammation of the stomach which can extend into the esophagus). I would recommend that you see your doctor soon, or go to the ER if symptoms get much worse. Antacids, prilosec, and Pepcid (famotidine) can help. ...Read more

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Pressure/tightness felt under sternum. Gallbladder out. No malaise. Feels structural but scans don't show anything. Heart also fine. Sliding HH? GERD?

Pressure/tightness felt under sternum. Gallbladder out. No malaise. Feels structural but scans don't show anything. Heart also fine. Sliding HH? GERD?

Could be GERD.: This could very well be GERD. Do you feel it more after you eat certain foods? Or after large meals? Do you feel it more at night while lying down to sleep? A hiatal hernia may not show up on "scans", but would reveal itself in an EGD or barium swallow. ...Read more

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Tightness/Pressure beneath sternum two hours post meal. 1 week now. On domperidone and Zantac. EGD/colon normal. Nothing helps. Ideas?

Tightness/Pressure beneath sternum two hours post meal. 1 week now. On domperidone and Zantac. EGD/colon normal. Nothing helps. Ideas?

Tightness: You may have a hiatus hernia.Along with the zantac. You should eat small frequent meals. Howver, it might be advisable to check out your cardiac status as well. ...Read more

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Full cardio work up 6 months ago. Diagnosed with GERD. Now sore tightness lower center sternum and indigestion for 2 days. Sound like heart or GI?

Full cardio work up 6 months ago. Diagnosed with GERD. Now sore tightness lower center sternum and indigestion for 2 days. Sound like heart or GI?

GI: The symptoms you describe are more consistent with a GI cause. But if you develop chest pain radiating to the arm, shortness of breath or palpitations then there may be a cardiac cause. See you doctor of treatment. ...Read more

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Feel like i can't get enough air sharp pain upper left chest tight or heavy near sternum not dizzy or fatigued third time it's happened in 2 years?

Feel like i can't get enough air sharp pain upper left chest tight or heavy near sternum not dizzy or fatigued third time it's happened in 2 years?

Chest pain + dyspnea: Chest pain and shortness of breath should be evaluated at the ER or at least urgent care. Call 911, if it doesn't subside within 5 minutes at most. ...Read more

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I am having some tightness and pain in my sternum area. I used to be able to stretch and get it to pop out, but can't this time. What can I do?

Not a Heart Attack?: Nate, Hopefully this is not a heart attack. If you think it might be, then get to the hospital. If you are sure that it is not. Continue stretching, take an anti inflammation medication like Aspirin or motrin, given the location of the pain, I would suggest aspirin. You could try warm or cold compacts as well. Physical therapy could be a solution as well. Try a chiropractor. ...Read more

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Can i hiatal hernia give you sternum tightness left chest tightness and shortness of breath?

Can i hiatal hernia give you sternum tightness left chest tightness and shortness of breath?

Yes, especially: If you have gastroesophageal reflux disease. But your symptoms could be caused by something else, like heart disease. So it is best to see a doctor for correct diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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Nose sounds stuffy but is clear when I blow it also have slight shortness of breath sternum tight feeling and pass gas a lot and little forced burps ?

Nose sounds stuffy but is clear when I blow it also have slight shortness of breath sternum tight feeling and pass gas a lot and little forced burps ?

Stuffy nose and more: you have a lot of symptoms and perhaps you may have allergies and/or asthma. You should have a doctor check you out to see if you have asthma or allergies. Also you may be having some reflux, when acid from your stomach may be going into your food pipe and sometimes your mouth region. Best to see a doctor to further evaluate your symptoms ...Read more

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Felt sick then sudden excritiating chest pain lasting 5 minutes. sternum feels tight and full?

Felt sick then sudden excritiating chest pain lasting 5 minutes. sternum feels tight and full?

Chest pain: Go see a doctor asap and get checked. Go now if this is new and is accompanied by shortness of breath and/or nausea, sweating, dizziness, or if you have a cardiac history, or a family history of it, or risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, or you smoke. Not all chest pain is cardiac, but this needs to be ruled out first, especially if exertional. ...Read more

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I have tightness and slight pain in the middle of chest near the sternum. My sternum cracks everytime i stretch or bend backwards. Whats going on?

I have tightness and slight pain in the middle of chest near the sternum. My sternum cracks everytime i stretch or bend backwards. Whats going on?

Chest tightness?: Chest tightness and pain can indicate heart, digestive or lung problems; but in a 20year old healthy person, more often is caused by exercise (soreness), viral infection, anxiety. Cracking of the sternum is normal and related to fluid dynamics within the joint connections. Let your physician know about your symptoms and the context in which they occur (at rest? when anxious? after workout?). ...Read more

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Pain just to the left of sternum (pressure, tight, heavy). Difficulty taking deep breaths. Started while driving; no strenuous activity. Ongoing 6 hrs?

Pain just to the left of sternum (pressure, tight, heavy). Difficulty taking deep breaths. Started while driving; no strenuous activity. Ongoing 6 hrs?

More info?: There are many things that can give you pain like that: Pulled muscle, reflux, ulcer, Pneumonia?, gallbladder? Or even heart issues. If it hasn't gone away for 6 hours you should get it looked at by an MD ...Read more

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Wen I stretch I get the loudest crack inh sternum it's so much relife as It cracks tho it cracks at least 4 times a day and if it doesn't it get tight?

Wen I stretch I get the loudest crack inh sternum it's so much relife as It cracks tho it cracks at least 4 times a day and if it doesn't it get tight?

Leave it alone: There is absolutely no benefit it doing this.Sternums simply don't get tight- you are developing a habit. Just exercise and deep breathing with meditation will be more beneficial. ...Read more