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Line of pain under skin left chest.

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  • Posted By: Hapich
  • June 2, 2010
  • 08:50 PM

When I raise my left arm above my head and begin to stretch upwards I get a terrible pain just below my nipple and down an inch past the bottom of my rib cage. It is a line of burning pain about 6 inches long. It just appeared suddenly and it only hurts when i raise my arm. I can feel a little rope like thing inside and it's in a line. Like scar tissue or something. It doesn't hurt to breathe and it doesn't hurt with exercise. Only when I stretch my arm above my head. I did get hit in the chest with the end of a golf club the day or two before it started. That was just one spot however and there was no bruising.
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  • Hello Again! I just found out thats also the line or the pain line in the chest happens because you eat spicy food alot! Like me! Thats it! Try not to eat very sugary food and spicy food! I know its hard to stop eating those chicken burgers, whole rosted chicken but you have to stop eating thats! Hope this helps!Thank You!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 13, 2011
    • 01:45 AM
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  • Please let me know - what happened for you? (any diagnosis? - just went away?I have the same symptoms (on rt side), also with the rope-like structure under the skin. I've described it feeling like a single strand of thin, al dente spaghetti.Line of pain is about 1.5-2 inches to the outside of nipple and runs down to the waistline. From the ribs upward, the line is roughly vertical. From ribs downward, the line angles in gradually toward the center. (seems to follow the outside boundary of the rectus abdominal muscles)I had been doing some situps/crunches, but I have done these for years without symptoms.Have gotten one diagnosis of 'costo condritis', but I don't recall specific trauma, but I do remember a soreness under the skin that seemed to migrate to its current position over the course of a few days.About two weeks before the symptoms started, an endoscopy diagnosed 'antral gastritis' (pre-ulcerous, stomach lining erosion), and I have been on 40mg daily of pantoprazole.I had these symptoms once before, also not long after another endoscopy for similar gastric pain (nothing found). It doesn't feel stomach/GI related, but perhaps both (gastric pain and 'line of pain') are triggered by stress?When I raise my left arm above my head and begin to stretch upwards I get a terrible pain just below my nipple and down an inch past the bottom of my rib cage. It is a line of burning pain about 6 inches long. It just appeared suddenly and it only hurts when i raise my arm. I can feel a little rope like thing inside and it's in a line. Like scar tissue or something. It doesn't hurt to breathe and it doesn't hurt with exercise. Only when I stretch my arm above my head. I did get hit in the chest with the end of a golf club the day or two before it started. That was just one spot however and there was no bruising. Any ideas?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 20, 2011
    • 04:16 PM
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  • Please let me know - what happened for you? (any diagnosis? - just went away?I have the same symptoms (on rt side), also with the rope-like structure under the skin. I've described it feeling like a single strand of thin, al dente spaghetti.Line of pain is about 1.5-2 inches to the outside of nipple and runs down to the waistline. From the ribs upward, the line is roughly vertical. From ribs downward, the line angles in gradually toward the center. (seems to follow the outside boundary of the rectus abdominal muscles)I had been doing some situps/crunches, but I have done these for years without symptoms.Have gotten one diagnosis of 'costo condritis', but I don't recall specific trauma, but I do remember a soreness under the skin that seemed to migrate to its current position over the course of a few days.About two weeks before the symptoms started, an endoscopy diagnosed 'antral gastritis' (pre-ulcerous, stomach lining erosion), and I have been on 40mg daily of pantoprazole.I had these symptoms once before, also not long after another endoscopy for similar gastric pain (nothing found). It doesn't feel stomach/GI related, but perhaps both (gastric pain and 'line of pain') are triggered by stress? I went away after about 6 weeks. The Dr. said it was probably an inflamed nerve from the impact of the golf club. Good luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 21, 2011
    • 03:38 PM
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  • I have the same thing. I thought it might have been an irritated blood vessel, but doc says there are no major vessels there, and also that it's not in the right place to be a hernia. It goes from about 2" above the lowest ribs, right over the pointy front part of my ribs, and down about to the left of my belly button. Breathing (thankfully) is fine. Hours of vigorous exercise (martial arts classes), no problem. But it's very tender to the touch, and if I stretch (especially after sitting and working for a few hours), it's very painful.Doc couldn't see/feel the line, and didn't really seem to think there was one. He told me "people often have asymmetries, but don't notice them until something hurts. That absolute horsepucky. This is a new thing, and it (not just the general area) hurts. With the right angle of light it's easy to see it, even.Any ideas? I'd like to know the experience of the original poster, too, or anyone else who's experienced it. Thanks!
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  • I just posted my own experience with this, and then kept searching. I believe I have found what it is. Here is the journal article describing it, and giving the treatment. http://xnet.kp.org/permanentejournal/sum02/acnes.html# Luckily, that doctor is local (but possibly retired). I may try contacting him.
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  • Hi,I am fine, as i only get the line of pain 3 times a year or so...but yea! I am fine! Do not worry, just check with the doctor and you will we fine! Just keep in mind that doctors don't know anyones future, so don't ask the doctor "Ohh...I am going to live for ever or i will die..etc.Hope i handed the solution to you!You will be fine!Thanks!
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  • This article describes VERY closely my symptoms.http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1087099-overviewI will read the article that 'Guest" posted.To poster #5:I, too, was SO frustrated by the doctor's inability to see / believe what I was experiencing. I can fully appreciate that patients sometimes get worried about normal little things - like sore muscles or a pinched nerve - but I knew what those things felt like and that this was different.At least as it got worse I got some vindication: "See?!? THIS is what I've been talking about!"I took some pretty good pictures - I'll see if we can post them.
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  • My husband has this exact same thing... has anyone gotten a clue as to what it is? I was so scared, I thought it looked like a tumor branching out, then later it went away completely. That was some solace because I don't think tumors do that. Oh, the link above for the medical site isn't going to the correct page, so if the author reads this could you please direct me to the topic page on that site? Thanks, that link takes you to the main page and I have no idea where to look.
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  • Sounds like PCCS - Post Coridial Catch Syndrome. I was Diagnosised very recently after years of confusion, worry and unhelpful doctors!
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