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My chest was injured when I weight bench pressed too much

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My chest was injured when I weight bench pressed too much weight 7 years ago. The pain has gotten really bad on the left side of my chest and i was told by my doctor it was costochondritis but nothing fixed it that he recommended. Steroids and calcium prorate did not fix the problem and neither did chiropractic. When I push on the areas they feel very bruised and the cartilage or muscle is broken and moves away from the pressure and hurts. It feels like clumps of something and they move like. Knuckle. What does this mean and how do I fix it?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.

Hi, this is Dr Phil, here to assist you. I am Board Certified with over 10 years of experience. I will respond with my answer shortly. Thank you.

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.

Thanks for this question Mark.

What is your main concern here? That it might go on forever?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
the pain is so bad and I dont know how to get in the direction to heal it
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
It has been 7 years and it keeps getting worse
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
The left side of my chest is all loose now and the cartilage or muscle moves like a knuckle and has no form to it does that makes sense?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.

have you tried ibuprofen?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
ibuprofen I feel a slight relief but it was very good
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I have also tried a neurologist Pak and that also didn't help
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I mean medrol pak
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.

Okay.

did you have a chest CT?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Also what is clumping I am feeling? Why is the other side of my chest not like that?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.

are you tall and thin by any chance?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No I'm not
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I am 5'10 and used to be fit until this occurred
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.

have you had a CAT scan?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I have not. They gave me an x-ray and found nothing. What will a cat scan do for me
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.

It could show if there are other problems like loose connective tissue

Is this helpful?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
What can they do to fix this issue?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.

therapy might help

have you tried yoga to help with flexibility and core strength?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
What should I stretch? The chest area? And when I stretch my back or turn my head my chest has alot of painful question then cracks and relieves slightly
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.

are you familiar with yoga?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.

have you tried?

I really do think it would help strengthen the core including your chest

I'm not sure what else you could do outside of physio though

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Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.

Thanks for this question.

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