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Tenderness on the rib cage upon breathing. Suffering from anxiety. Normal stress test. Advice?

I am tender to the touch on the lowest part of my rib cage where it connects to my sternum. I feel as though I can not always get a good deep breath. I do suffer from anxiety , and have had short shallow breaths before. A couple years ago I had a stress test and did great. The tenderness when I touch it make me flinch, as I feel it in the middle of my back as well.
Asked On : Mon, 24 Sep 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for your query.

The fact that your pain is occuring with movements indicates a muscle strain. Any strained muscle when stretched gives severe pain.

I advice you to follow the below mentioned guidelines -

* Give adequate rest to the involved muscle group and avoid any movement that causes pain
* Ice packing once in every 2 hours over the affected area
* Moist heat application to relax the muscles
* Local application of muscle relaxant gel
* Analgesic medications as needed

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Take care
Answered: Mon, 30 Jun 2014
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