Q. I have middle chest pain with a slight numbness in feet. Kindly help.

Answered by
Dr. Isaac Gana
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 20, 2020

Hello doctor,

I am 46 years old. I have pain in my middle chest for the last few days. I can pinpoint the pain. When I wake up in the morning, I can feel a little bit of numbness in my feet. Sometimes, I have fatigue during the day. And I do not take any medicine.



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Did you carry anything heavy before the pain started? Do you have a history of diabetes or stomach ulcer? Apart from the numbness and fatigue, have you noticed increased hunger or increased thirst? Does the pain radiate to other parts of your body?

Thank you doctor,

I did not carry anything except the dumbells of 10 lbs each that I lifted for a couple of days. Every time I lifted, it was for 20 to 30 times of lifting in each arm in a standing position. I did it for approximately one or two weeks. I do not have any history of diabetes or stomach ulcer. No increased hunger nor thirst. At this time, pain is not radiating to other parts of the body.



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The chest pain is most likely due to the weight lifting. I advise you to take it easy on the weight for now. Reduce the frequency and make sure to stretch before any exercise. You can take Paracetamol 500 mg TDS for a few days. It will help with the pain.

For numbness and fatigue, there are quite some number of causes like diabetes, multiple sclerosis, medications, transient stroke, etc.

You said you were not on medication nor diabetic, so they most likely not the cause.

Did the symptoms begin gradually? Does the numbness affect both legs? Can you remember any history of trauma to your head? Have you had severe headaches or difficulty in speaking lately? Will you say the numbness and fatigue have worsened?

Thank you doctor,

You are right. The middle left chest pain was probably due to weight lifting. I will follow your advice on this.

It was very light for the numbness and has been for both feet, but the symptoms are not gradual. I do not remember any history of trauma to my head. No severe headaches or difficulty in speaking. Also, numbness and fatigue have not worsened.

I was afraid that it might have something to do with a heart attack. If it is not, I think it would not be a big deal.



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You are all good. If you continue to experience numbness and fatigue, please go to the hospital for a physical evaluation.

There are some chronic illnesses that present with similar symptoms gradually. If detected early, the prognosis will be good. I believe you will do just fine.

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