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Old 07-23-2009, 05:47 PM   #1
Justin Bergh
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Chest pain - need help diagnosing

In April I did something to my chest following a workout. The WOD involved rope climbs and snatches, and following it I turned my head to yell at someone and felt a twinge just left of my sternum. I couldn't speak above a whisper the next day since deep breathing irritated it.

It nagged for a long time while, but I thought it was recovering. A month ago, I was doing a relatively heavy Clean and Jerk / Pullup / Pushup WOD and it felt like I re-aggravated it. The following week I was demo-ing a Muscle Up and felt like my chest was ripping apart.

I've been resting it for almost three weeks now. Trying to avoid anything that stretches it or makes it pop. I haven't been feeling much improvement, and feel like if I did one round of Cindy I've be back to the drawing board.

Here is the exact ROM that bothers it the most: Reaching shoulders straight up, palms forward, then pulling elbows down in the frontal plane (as if I was facing a wall directly in front of my face). It FEELS like a strained muscle just off of my sternum on the left side, however it periodically will shift slightly to the right of my sternum. Occasionally it will "pop", sounding like when you pop your knuckles. Sneezing can tweak it in a big way.

I am at wits end, and my physician said the normal "Rest, Ice, Anti-inflamatory when it flares up". It is such a weird area I don't know if stretching it is advised, or if there is anything that I can do to "rehab" it.

Also wish I knew what the hell it is...strained intercostal, diaphragm, etc.

Any advice is GREATLY appreciated.
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Old 07-23-2009, 06:19 PM   #2
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Re: Chest pain - need help diagnosing

Sounds like this wfs
http://www.board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=49014

Also, may be costochondritis or tietze syndrome. Similar stuff.

Your doc is pretty much spot on.
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Old 07-24-2009, 11:29 AM   #3
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Re: Chest pain - need help diagnosing

Steve,

Thanks. I visited the posts you mentioned, and just googled costochondritis. The Mayo Clinic site definition was spot on. The thing that was getting me was that it would sometimes switch sides, and increase or decrease in acute soreness for no apparent reason. They said this was a common symptom.

I appreciate the point in the right direction. Thanks again.
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:56 AM   #4
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Re: Chest pain - need help diagnosing

I have a slight case of this also. Exactly as you described. And yes it does sometimes switch sides but is usually always on 1 side.
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