Q. Is it normal to get sudden intermittent pain on sternum?

Answered by
Dr. Anuj Gupta
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M
Published on Sep 04, 2019

Hi doctor,

I am experiencing a sudden piercing pain on my sternum and a small region to the left of it, just above the heart. I only get this pain occasionally when I lift something or bend. Today I held my 1-year-old nephew in my arms for about 15 minutes and when I bent to put him down, I felt this sudden intense pain around my chest bone. This is intermittent and been having this problem from past one month occasionally.

Dr. Anuj Gupta

Orthopedics And Traumatology


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Well, that could be due to muscle weakness. Could you please tell me what you do and how much physical activity you have in your daily routine?

Hi doctor,

Thank you so much. I am 30 years old and do not have much physical activity in my work. I walk about 2 km daily. Apart from that nothing much.

Dr. Anuj Gupta

Orthopedics And Traumatology


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Well, that is the reason for pain. If you are worried that it could be due to heart, then it is not possible because that is a continuous pain. You have pain only while you lift. So most important thing is walking daily for 4 km at a stretch and not in the whole day.

Secondly, you can take ultrasonic therapy at that painful area with any nearby physiotherapy center and also do hot fomentation and apply some gel. For muscles to become strong will take around 3 to 4 months and with walking only, if you are regular.

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