I am at 24 year old male, and for the past few days, I have been experiencing some chest pain. I guess I wouldn't really say pain.. just a discomfort, or an annoyance.
A little history... I am a personal trainer so I have in very good shape, my blood pressure is good, heart rate is good.. never had any serious health problems. Only problem is that I have been dealing with anxiety my whole life and also a hypochondriac.
The pain is mostly in my chest area... it kind of mostly seems like its around the tops of where my lungs are. Also sometimes in my upper back and lower neck. When I am doing an activity, I don't notice it at all, but once I am sitting around and my mind starts going... I start worrying and the pain comes. Because of that... I believe it's anxiety related, and no matter how much I tell myself that... I can't seem to shake it. Sometimes I just feel like I can't get the reaaal deep breath.
Should I be worried? Or should I wait a few more days and see if it subsides, and if not make a doctors appointment.
Also, if I had to rate the pain, I would probably give it something like a 1 or 2. So like I said, not really a pain.. just mild discomfort.
Medical rule of thumb, report ANY bothersome, concerning, troublesome, worrisome, worsening or new symptom(s) to a/your doctor promptly.
In general-only here, chest/thoracic area (left, right, upper, lower, center, side) symptoms, which includes discomfort, pain, pressure, or tightness, stationary or radiating elsewhere, with or without accompanying symptoms, has various causes, cardiac and non-cardiac, which includes, but not limited to, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, and psychological/psychogenic.
Additionally, of the different types/kinds of heart conditions, some which may/can occur at any age, various symptoms may/can be acute (occurring suddenly), be chronic (occurring over a long period of time), come and go (be transient, fleeting or episodic) or even be silent.
Best of luck down the road of life. Live long and prosper.
The chest contains many muscles, bones, tendons, and cartilage and strains or sprains to any of these may/can can cause chest pain. Chest pain associated with musculoskeletal injury is typically sharp and confined to a specific area of the chest.
The pain may/can be brought on by movement of the chest and/or arms into certain positions, and often is relieved by changing position.
The pain may/can be triggered off by pushing on part of the chest and often become worse when taking a deep breath. Though the pain typically last only seconds, it may/can also persist for days or longer.
If/when chest pain increases when you press your finger on the painful site, or if you can pinpoint the spot that hurts, it is most likely chest wall-related pain, which may/can be caused by strained muscles or ligaments or even by a fractured rib.
Definitely recognize that worrying is a bad habit.
As far as the heart, you are having pain anywhere but there.
Most people don't know the connection between stress, adrenaline, dietary fats, and anti-oxidants, and how they relate to heart disease.
Almost no personal trainers seem to know that "muscle burn" is inadequate oxygen to muscles, force pumping excess CO2 through the system. And that muscle burn is like having puffs of cigarettes.
CO2 can damage arteries. Adrenaline can damage arteries. Once damage site occur, they can begin to harbor oxidized LDL cholesterol and slowly grow to blockage size over decades. Thus less fat in the diet combined with a high antioxidant diet can prevent blockage growth.
Do you check your blood pressure when you worry ? It might be far higher than when the doctor checks it.
Most personal trainers do more strength work, not proper cardio, so they don't have great cardio capacity. That limits lung performance.
Learn more about exercise physiology, and don't deal in bogus information you know the source.
It seems reassuring that the pain is mild and does not occur with activity. I also think that it's great that you are able to recognize your anxiety and realize that it may be related to your symptoms. With that in mind, we can't really say on this forum whether or not you should be worried, but it is always a good idea to share symptoms with your health care provider. Take care.
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