Every now an then I tend to wake up in the morning with really bad chest pains right in the center of my chest (upper sternum barely to the left) that is extremely painful when I first wake up and move around. Once I finally get to a comfortable position the pain goes away but comes back again once I am up and moving. To me it seems more like a bone/muscle issue because it only hurts when I either am moving a certain way or laying/sitting in a certain position. I am planning on going to the doctor but thought I would hear any thoughts on here first. The pain gradually starts to improve a few hours after I am up. Just to give a little more information, I am not having any pain in any other areas and not having trouble breathing.
Kudos on that, as all one can really do here is guess or speculate. "To me it seems more like a bone/muscle issue because it only hurts when I either am moving a certain way or laying/sitting in a certain position."
In general-only here, chest/thoracic area pain, 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.
Non-cardiac chest pain, as applicable to the patient
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.
This pain may/can be brief or fleeting and often described as being sharp.
Additionally, of the different types/kinds of heart conditions, 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.
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