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Why do I feel pain in middle of the chest on bending?

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as i bend down to tie my shoe the middle of my chest spasms outward violently and then stops..feels like a tear in the muscle too,, can feel it when I sleep in a fetal position
Posted Sat, 8 Dec 2012 in Lung and Chest disorders
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 3 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.
The pain in the middle of the chest on bending down is likely to be due an inflammation of the costochondral joints near xiphisternum.
A muscle tear in this area is not likely. You need to avoid any painful movements for a while. Taking mild pain killers and doing a hot fomentation usually takes care of the symptoms.
In case the symptoms are persistent then consulting an orthopedician for a physical examination and stronger prescription medicines is recommended.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
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