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    Chest Pain In The Morning
    tgowen posted:
    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.
    cardiostarusa1 responded:

    "I am planning on going to the doctor"

    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.


    Benign chest wall pain/Transitory benign chest wall pain

    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.

    Best of luck down the road of life.

    Take care,


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