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Minor Ache or Major Problem? 6 Symptoms Exercisers Should Pay Attention To

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Symptom: Chest Pain

Scenario: You're heading into the last mile of your run when you feel a weird twinge in your chest.

Your downplay: I'm exercising. My heart is just pounding very hard.

Doctors' double-take: Well, no. We know now that when women have heart attacks, they may not experience classic chest pain. But some do have it. "Running is like a medical stress test," Dr. Paras says. "If your heart hurts consistently during your routine, it may be failing that test."

What to do: Before you jump to any scary conclusions, Dr. Rosenbaum recommends pressing the area with your hand. If it hurts to the touch, you probably strained the muscles of the outer chest wall. This can happen in any number of ways: doing push-ups incorrectly or twisting while getting into a car. One or two days of rest, some ibuprofen, and a soak in a hot bath and you'll be fine. But if you can't find a sore spot, if the pain radiates or is so intense that you have to stop what you're doing, or if you also feel dizzy or breathless, take an aspirin and get to the ER fast.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, May 2010.


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kdtannen wrote:

Don't forget supermans....or superwomans....

9/26/2013 06:24:56 AM Report Abuse
saharamirrage wrote:

I wish you would have mentioned something about shoulders. I started waking up with a sore shoulder but continued to workout. Little did i know that was a classic sign of a torn rotator cuff. Thanks!

9/25/2013 01:12:22 PM Report Abuse
bartholo1 wrote:

Be cautious about who you turn to. As noted in the "Tight Knees" section ... a physical therapist or sports trainer. Be sure that is an ATHLETIC TRAINER if you're looking for a healthcare professional; a sports trainer could be anybody who claims the title.

9/25/2013 09:45:52 AM Report Abuse
bj01741 wrote:

You article contained a lot of good information, much of which may not be heard at the gym. I appreciated the information about inflammatory breast cancer, it's rare but does occur and there is very little ever mentioned about it. Thanks for a good article!

9/12/2011 06:00:37 PM Report Abuse

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