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    Chest tightness the day after long or intense rides

    I have noticed that I feel slight chest/lung pain or tightness when I breath deeply the day after a workout.

    Any others experience this, is it nearmal (kind of normal), problematic?

    My sleep, resting h.r., and general recovery patterns are fairly conservative but I don't want to experience complications if the tightness is serious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by galedhduck
    I have noticed that I feel slight chest/lung pain or tightness when I breath deeply the day after a workout.

    Any others experience this, is it nearmal (kind of normal), problematic?

    My sleep, resting h.r., and general recovery patterns are fairly conservative but I don't want to experience complications if the tightness is serious.

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    You may have some degree of Asthma. I would see a Doctor to be sure. See a pulmonary specialist, a GP won't do much for you.

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    Bad air...

    Pollutants or allergies can be to blame also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaparzo
    Pollutants or allergies can be to blame also.
    Agree, I never used to pay attention to those warnings about high ozone levels which seem to occur on hot/humid days here on the east coast. Until I noticed that by the end of long or hard ride my lungs would hurt on those days, and it would feel like I was breathing real heavy despite not going very hard. So, I did some reading and it appears that ozone can damage your lungs (thus the warnings not to exercise on these high ozone days).

    Ever since then, I've figured that even on low ozone days if you ride for 4 or 5 hours you're probably inhaling a lot of crap. I notice some chest tightness in the evening or next day following these rides.

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    Pleuritic Chest Pain

    Pain when you take a deep breath (pleuritic chest pain) has a long list of possible reasons. While this can occur with asthma, the thing you would most likely be noticing would be shortness of breath, and possibly wheezing. If these are occuring also then you may have exercise induced asthma which is relatively easily treated. The most malignant thing pleuritic chest pain is associated with is pulmonary embolisms. If you are a young, active, nonsmoker the chances of you having this, given your limited history, is remote at best. The most likely culprit is musculoskeletal. When you take a deep breath you are flexing quite a few muscles that could just be sore from the work out. You did not state where your pain was. But if it was on your anterior (front) chest wall, does it hurt when you press on it? This would lend credance to it being musculoskeletal. Treatment is ice pack, ibuprofen (600mg three times a day-thats three over the counter pills typically) and rest. So long as you do not have a history of early cardiac death in your family, are under 60, no diabetes or high blood pressure, don't smoke and this pain occurs only after you ride and is a constant throbbing pain, rather than an episodic one, few physicians would een bother to do an ekg. You should regularly get check ups by a physician and this may be an excuse to go see one. But from what you describe, sounds pretty benign.
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    Follow Up From Questioner

    I guess I may have needed someone else to state what I didn't want to consider.
    This could be a case for Mr. Obvious.... I am living in Elkhart County, Indiana which I believe ranked 3rd in the U.S. last year for overall air polution. I will pay attention to ozone levels and orient my rides away from industry- with regard to wind direction.

    I don't have shortness of breath or wheezing symptoms so I take it that indicates the anterior chest wall/musculoskeletal diagnosis (pain locus is congruent) if not the polution.

    Oh, I will be leaving this neck of the woods for PA in a week -riding in Center county will be scenic and healthy!

    Thanks all.
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