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Mild chest pains, chest pressure, feels like a pulled muscle in chest. Suggestions?

Hey doc, I have been having some mild chest pains, not all the time but when it feels like pressure in the center off my chest I crack my sternum to releive the pain. It s been going on for about 2-3 months, I am a 21 year old male, athlete (running,basketball) no history of heart problems or any major problems. I smoke and chew tobacco, since I was 18. More than anything it feels like a pulled muscle in my chest and when I can t releive the pressure by cracking my sternum i feel more discomfort while bending my head down or stretching my arms across my body... Can you help me out??
Asked On : Wed, 6 Mar 2013
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Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

It sounds like muscle pain / but one is never sure.
Your effort tolerance is good and hence it is unlikely to be a heart problem.
It is better to get yourself examined by a doctor to confirm and reassure yourself.

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Wed, 6 Mar 2013
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