Asked by colinadms on the Popping, Cracking, Clicking Sternum article.
For the past two years I have had pain on the left side of my chest either just inside my nipple or along the edge of my sternum. It can be anywhere from just under my collarbone to about half way down my rib cage. This pain comes and goes but is usually at its strongest for just a second.
When the pain first started I was doing quite a bit of weight lifting but because of the pain I haven’t lifted in about a year. I have had my heart checked out and everything comes back normal and healthy. When I stretch my chest (pulling my shoulder blades together) I get a popping sound from my sternum.
Usually this will result in pain after some time. Ibuprofine seems to help some but, because of the pain I have been taking it almost every day. My doctor has no diagnosis for me but this is causing quite a bit of anxiety.
Also, There is some swelling near the sternum and when the pain is really bad you can feel the swollen “lumps” if you run your hand down the edge of the sternum. Can you help? Thanks.