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What causes throbbing of chest and sore spot on chest?

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Posted on Mon, 24 Nov 2014
Question: I've been getting a throb on left and right side chest for 9 days now and today it feels like a sore spot on left side of chest just above the breast bone. I feel the soreness when I take a breath .

4 months ago I had a EKG , stress test everything was normal. I

1 month ago I had another EKG it was normal too.

Somebody please help relive me to what this might be?
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Answered by Dr. Tushar Kanti Biswas (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
possibilities explained

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for your query. I can understand your concerns.

It seems you are having Da Costa's syndrome, a set of symptoms that are similar to those of heart disease, though a physical examination does not reveal any abnormalities. It is considered the manifestation of anxiety disorder. One can get throbbing chest pain.
Sore spot on left side of chest just above the breast bone (sternum) goes against Costochondritis (Tietz syndrome) or intercostal myositis which also can give rise to similar kind of pain.





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Dr. T.K. Biswas M.D. XXXXXXX

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Follow up: Dr. Tushar Kanti Biswas (43 minutes later)
I'm really worried , is it normal for so many days to pass by for the throb from one side to the other side of chest to be normal and the soreness? I do have a lot of anxiety , I don't take any medications for it . Along working full time , single parent with alot of stress too
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Answered by Dr. Tushar Kanti Biswas (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Non-cardiac chest pain

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for your query. I can understand your concerns.

First of all cardiac pain is usually retro-sternal (behind the breast bone) and not throbbing one and does not shift from one side to other side as you described.
Since your EKG , stress test everything were normal and anxiety factor is dominant, first you need relief of anxiety and mild anxiolytic like alprazolam will help. Discuss about this with your doctor.






Regards

Dr. T.K. Biswas M.D. XXXXXXX

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What causes throbbing of chest and sore spot on chest?

Brief Answer: possibilities explained Detailed Answer: Hi, Thank you for your query. I can understand your concerns. It seems you are having Da Costa's syndrome, a set of symptoms that are similar to those of heart disease, though a physical examination does not reveal any abnormalities. It is considered the manifestation of anxiety disorder. One can get throbbing chest pain. Sore spot on left side of chest just above the breast bone (sternum) goes against Costochondritis (Tietz syndrome) or intercostal myositis which also can give rise to similar kind of pain. Regards Dr. T.K. Biswas M.D. XXXXXXX