4 months ago I did a workout consisting of squats, deadlifts, benching, rear delt raises and dips. About 20 seconds after my last set of dips I started feeling a soreness in my chest, like something had hit me really hard and knocked the wind out of me. That feeling lasted for about an hour, and I went on with my normal activities.
That night the pain came back 100 times greater. It kept me up most of the night and it was almost impossible to move enough to get out of bed in the morning. I had to take quick, small breaths because it was excruciating to have my lungs too full or too empty. I figured I must have fractured my sternum to be in this much pain.
I got my dad to examine me. He's a thoracic surgeon, but he's usually better with organs and blood vessels, and not so much with bones, muscles and joints. After poking around, his diagnosis was that the injury was at the joint between the manubrium and the rest of the sternum. He told me to take advil around the clock and that after a few weeks I could resume normal activities as long as they weren't causing pain.
Occasionally something inside my chest felt like it would slip into place, which would hurt a lot for a second, but afterwards the usual dull ache would go away for a few hours. After about 3 weeks I was able to put on a backpack again without pain. After 4 weeks I resumed squatting and deadlifting. It took 7-8 weeks before I could bench again. Then in mid-Feb I had unrelated surgery and took 6 weeks off lifting, 7 off for bench.
Since I've starting lifting again, I get a very faint dull pain in that part of my chest when I bench. Sometimes when I squat, the joint will "pop" a little bit as I'm coming up, which doesn't hurt but still worries me. When doing certain twisting motions it feels like something slips out of place, then back into place. Going from a laying down position to sitting up with my feet hanging off the edge of the bed does this a lot.
What bothers me about this whole situation:
- I wasn't aware of the injury as it was occuring
- After a month, and then almost immediately another 1.5 months of rest, my body still hasn't healed itself fully
Anyone had this problem? know what caused it or how to fix it?