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Chest pain - prodding

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  • Posted By: The Eagle
  • November 8, 2009
  • 04:23 AM

Hi all!

I just wanted to ask about this curious "condition" I seem to have. I've had it for quite a while now, and it doesn't seem to be anything serious, but I'm very interested in possible explanations because it might help to explain some things which I have generally thought of as completely unrelated.

It concerns pains in my chest when something hits it or when I prod it. Yeah, sounds pretty normal, right? Wrong. What's strange about this is that it doesn't take much pressure and that it's delayed. All I need is a semi-firm prod anywhere around my rib cage, and initially there's no pain at all. After a few seconds, though, I get this fairly intense pain around the area I prodded, and sometimes it spreads out a little. Then it goes away.

I've not mentioned this to a doctor because, frankly, whenever I go I always forget about it - as I say, I've never seen it as anything serious. I've had ECGs in the past so I know it's nothing to do with my heart, and I recently had some fairly extensive bloodwork for an - I believe - unrelated matter (complete blood count, B12, iron, liver, thyroid...).

I also have (and always have had, as far as I can recall) a very prominent rib on my left side, near the top of my rib cage. It isn't generally painful, it doesn't get sore, it's just there. Don't know if that could be related *shrug* I do sometimes get chest pain too, in the heat, but that may be my (very mild) asthma or just something innocent (like I said, I've had my heart checked out and it's fine).

I've searched around and can't find anything that fits my experience. Maybe I'm searching for the wrong things. I don't know. If anyone has any ideas I'd be glad to hear them. I'll have to try and remember it next time I'm seeing a GP!

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