I was recently diagnosed with a herniated pectoral muscle(s) in my left chest. I went to see a doctor for the 5 cm vertical lump I saw on my left chest for fear it was a tumor. I had a chest x-ray and an MRI taken and the doctor said it was a herniated pectoral muscle. I had not experienced much, if any, pain from the injury. I could not even recall when this occurred as I never really had pain from it. I only noticed the lump when I shaved my chest after I thought I felt something weird when I flexed my pec.
The lump isn't visible when my chest is not flexed. However, I am looking into fitness modeling and natural bodybuilding and this lump is an eyesore. I am also noticing there is a little more pain after working out my chest recently in the area where the lump is.
My question is what can I do to help relieve this herniated muscle? Should I take off time from working out my chest? Should I stretch it? Should I ice it and put heat on it? Is my only real chance getting surgery? I'd like to avoid surgery because it will leave a noticeable scar on my chest.
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