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I am experiencing a radiating like pain that only lasts a few

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I am experiencing a radiating like pain that only lasts a few moments under my left arm pit and upper left chest cavity towards the left arm pit. It seem to irritate it to sleep on it a certain way, so I thought it might be the way I slept on it? It also seems to flare up when I am working with my hands above my head? At rest I don't feel it at all really. Thank You!

mysticdoc :

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mysticdoc :

Hello,

mysticdoc :

Thanks for your question.

mysticdoc :

Do you see the chest pain worsening with physical activities?

mysticdoc :

Do you have any other medical condition?

Customer:

Mostly when I either bend down or work with my hands above my head.

Customer:

No other medical conditions.

mysticdoc :

Ok

mysticdoc :

This is likely due to the pinched nerve.

mysticdoc :

Pinched nerve is likely at the shoulder level or at the thoracic spine level.

mysticdoc :

Probably from the sleeping position, lifting or stretching can cause this problem.

mysticdoc :

This is not concerning.

mysticdoc :

For the treatment physical therapy will help.

Customer:

It seems to be spasming now without even moving, just getting out of my chair. It comes on sudden, but does not limit breathing

mysticdoc :

Upper back exercises should be performeddaily.

mysticdoc :

yes that is how the pain is felt usually when the muscle is stiff or sore from the sitting or resting against

mysticdoc :

This is the link for upper back exercises at home:

Customer:

Thank you for your suggestions... I will check out the link right away.

mysticdoc :

Heart problem is unlikely since this is consistent and does not worsen with activities.

mysticdoc :

Very welcome

Customer:

Please note that it does worsen when I am trying to get up and replace a light bulb for instance above my head?

mysticdoc :

That is because these movements cause pressure on the nerve.

mysticdoc :

But if you run or walk no problem suggesting your heart is ok

mysticdoc :

If the problem continues it is better to see an orthopedic surgeon.

Customer:

I understand better now, thank you again!

mysticdoc :

very welcome

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