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tightness in the chest
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tightness in the chest

I'm of 20, I'm feeling tightness in the chest
Middle that bone is like sticky after I tried to loose it it is ok
At starting it is middle but now the tightness is rightside also
breathing problem is not there and I been to doctor he tested ecg and said
Ok no problem in the ecg  I'm a non smoker non drinker and relatively healthy
Kindly tell me what is the problem and treatment for this
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The most likely cause of the pain you describe, for a young person (age 20) would be some type of muscle strain or inflammation of the cartilage that makes-up the front end of the ribs and attaches to the breast bone.  In that case the site of the pain is usually tender to touch or applied pressure.  This type of pain is usually relieved by the use of anti-inflammatory “non-steroidal drugs such as Motrin.

Another common cause is collapse (usually partial) of a part of one’s lung in which the space left by the collapsing lung is filled with air (pneumothorax) and this is common in young people.  It is not tender to touch.

If the pain persists, you doctor may want to order a Chest X-ray.

Good luck
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