Is pain in the Sternum normal?

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    Apr 23, 2011 10:42 PM GMT
    About 4 days ago i did an intensive chest work out and then 2 days ago I worked on back and biceps. During these days i noticed that my sternum was in pain especially when pressured was applied. Is this normal after chest/back workouts? Every now and then this happens so I wanted to know what your thoughts and suggestions to alleviate this problem. Thanks so much guys!
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    May 04, 2011 8:26 AM GMT
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costochondritis

    You are 31, ignore the part about a heart attack icon_razz.gif

    It's most likely your ribs and not your sternum. Your sternum is very difficult to injure assuming you haven't had any surgeries requiring your sternum to be cut (usually open heart surgery).

    Unless you forgot to mention that you dropped something directly onto your sternum, I'd say you are fine. You can take motrin for the inflammation but there is some scant evidence that NSAID's can inhibit the muscle growth process.
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    Jun 08, 2011 12:19 AM GMT
    ew Wiki.

    If it was me, I would go get it checked out just to be safe. They'll probably give your heart a listen, refer you to a cardiologist, who will probably do an ECG and an Echo just to be safe.

    Any idea what your blood pressure and lipid panels are like? If you don't know... would probably be a good time to go and get a baseline anyways icon_smile.gif.

    Have you been sick recently? Sore throat, etc?

    Also, Is it the pain feel like it is coming from the bone or is it substernal? There's differences in what kind of pain too... "elephant sitting on your chest" vs "stabbing" vs "electrical shocking" vs "tearing/ripping." Also, there's the whole issue of whether or not the pain radiates or refers to another location, like does it shoot between your shoulder blades, to your arm, or not at all.



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    Jun 08, 2011 5:55 AM GMT
    Depends on the type of pain, relation to breathing and position, associated symptoms, injury, etc. No one can really say anything unless they look at it. Can't rule out a heart attack without and EKG (its the chest..u really can't be 100 percent sure)...can't rule out the lung without an exam and x-ray...same with costochondritis....in short...get it checked out..asking a bunch of ppl who can't see you, talk to you properly or examine you is more likely to put you in a dangerous situation. Go to your physician and get it looked at.
  • LJay

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    Jun 08, 2011 6:03 AM GMT
    DrNY has it right. A visit or two to the doc to learn what is really going on is worth it. If it really is a problem you need to know. If it turns out OK and you have more info to go on, so much the better.

    I think doctors actually appreciate people who are sensible enough to ask such questions.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jun 08, 2011 7:03 AM GMT
    adam228 saidhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costochondritis

    You are 31, ignore the part about a heart attack icon_razz.gif

    It's most likely your ribs and not your sternum. Your sternum is very difficult to injure assuming you haven't had any surgeries requiring your sternum to be cut (usually open heart surgery).

    Unless you forgot to mention that you dropped something directly onto your sternum, I'd say you are fine. You can take motrin for the inflammation but there is some scant evidence that NSAID's can inhibit the muscle growth process.


    Go see a Dr. So many men your age and under can have heart problems-hopefully it is just your rib.

    A 30 yr old at my old gym had a heart attack after doing cardio then dips. Don't take advice on here see a real MD!!!
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    Jun 10, 2011 8:10 AM GMT
    MikemikeMike said
    adam228 saidhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costochondritis

    You are 31, ignore the part about a heart attack icon_razz.gif

    It's most likely your ribs and not your sternum. Your sternum is very difficult to injure assuming you haven't had any surgeries requiring your sternum to be cut (usually open heart surgery).

    Unless you forgot to mention that you dropped something directly onto your sternum, I'd say you are fine. You can take motrin for the inflammation but there is some scant evidence that NSAID's can inhibit the muscle growth process.


    Go see a Dr. So many men your age and under can have heart problems-hopefully it is just your rib.

    A 30 yr old at my old gym had a heart attack after doing cardio then dips. Don't take advice on here see a real MD!!!


    Or D.O.


    haha
  • dvike

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    Jul 03, 2011 1:26 AM GMT
    I , too, have suffered from the sternum pain. I used to do real heavy dips with extra weight hanging on the belt and I am pretty sure that is what caused my pain. The pain lingered for years even after I stopped performing exercises that seemed to exacerbate it. I would even experience a popping sensation in my sternum and the pain would usually dissipate...only to come back the next time I worked out. I went to the doctor and he just scratched his head. In any event, listen to your body. Do not be stubborn like myself and try to work through the pain or you will just make it worse.