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Pain When Pressing on The Chest Symptom, Causes & Questions

Understand your pain when pressing on the chest symptoms, including 4 causes & common questions.

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4 Possible Pain When Pressing On The Chest Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced pain when pressing on the chest. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

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.

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

Acute costochondritis (chest wall syndrome)

Acute costochondritis is the inflammation of the flexible cartilage that connects each rib to the breastbone. Costochondritis is caused by excessive coughing or by straining the upper body, as with weightlifti...

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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.

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

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.

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

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

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

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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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 were most often matched with:

  • 50% Atypical Chest Pain
  • 25% Acute Costochondritis (Chest Wall Syndrome)
  • 25% Chronic Costochondritis (Chest Wall Syndrome)

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

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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Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.