Do you have any idea why I would get painful chest lumps/knots post exercise?

Published: April 17, 2013

I often get painful lumps on my chest that come and go. They feel squishy and appear to be just below the skin, I can sometimes almost grab one between my two fingers and I will try to massage it out, this can be a bit painful. They tend to appear after upper body exercise (in particular doing weights) along with muscle pain. I've mentioned it to my massage therapist because I thought maybe they were knots in the muscle. She said she felt a lot of them but they did not appear like knots usually do in muscles. Do you have any idea what this could be and how I could treat it? Thank you so much!


It would be very hard to say without doing an examination.

Dr. T

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. His newest book (June 10, 2024) is You Can Heal From Long COVID. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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