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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Pain When Pressing on the Chest

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced pain when pressing on the chest. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Atypical Chest Pain

    Atypical chest pain describes the situation when someone's chest pain is unlikely to be related to heart or lung disease. There are many other possible causes that could explain chest pain, like sore chest wall muscles or psychological factors like stress and anxiety.

    Recovery time depends on the underlying cause.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    chest pain, shortness of breath
    Symptoms that always occur with atypical chest pain:
    chest pain
    Symptoms that never occur with atypical chest pain:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Acute Costochondritis (Chest Wall Syndrome)

    Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone. Pain caused by costochondritis may mimic that of a heart attack or other heart conditions.

    Costochondritis is generally self-limiting but may take several weeks to go away.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    rib pain, chest pain that is worse when breathing, chest pain, rib pain when moving, pain when pressing on the chest
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

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  3. 3.Chronic Costochondritis (Chest Wall Syndrome)

    Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone. Pain caused by costochondritis may mimic that of a heart attack or other heart conditions.

    Costochondritis is generally self-limiting but may take several weeks to go away.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    rib pain, chest pain, chest pain that is worse when breathing, rib pain when moving, pain when pressing on the chest
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  4. 4.Chest Bruise

    A bruise is the damage of the blood vessels that return blood to the heart (the capillaries and veins), which causes pooling of the blood. This explains the blue/purple color of most bruises. Bruises of the chest are common, given how exposed this area of the body is.

    Bruises begin to heal within one week.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rib pain, constant rib pain, rib pain from an injury, recent chest injury, bruised chest area
    Symptoms that always occur with chest bruise:
    rib pain from an injury, recent chest injury, constant rib pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain When Pressing on the Chest

  • Q.What makes your chest pain hurt more?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you have a cough?
  • Q.How would you explain why your chest hurts?

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Pain When Pressing on the Chest Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain when pressing on the chest have also experienced:

    • 14% Rib Pain on One Side
    • 11% Rib Pain
    • 8% Rib Pain That Gets Worse When Breathing, Coughing, Sneezing, or Laughing
  • People who have experienced pain when pressing on the chest had symptoms persist for:

    • 48% Less Than a Day
    • 23% Less Than a Week
    • 14% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced pain when pressing on the chest were most often matched with:

    • 50% Atypical Chest Pain
    • 25% Acute Costochondritis (Chest Wall Syndrome)
    • 25% Chronic Costochondritis (Chest Wall Syndrome)
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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