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Precordial catch syndrome

I am not completely sure (I am not a doctor, obviously ask yours if this sounds familiar just to make sure!) but I am pretty sure that (for me) the very occasional sharp pains in my chest I would get as a kid when playing trombone were what’s called “Precordial catch syndrome”. I imagine it could happen with anyone playing a brass instrument — trumpet, tuba, trombone (like me), etc.

Mine would last maybe 10 seconds typically and is just as this describes! Interesting! Check it out!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precordial_catch_syndrome

“Precordial catch syndrome (PCS), also known as Texidor’s twinge,[1] is a common cause of chest pain in children and adolescents. It also occurs, though less frequently, in adults. PCS manifests itself as a very intense, sharp pain, typically at the left side of the chest, generally in the cartilage between the bones of the sternum and rib cage, which is worse when taking breaths. Oftentimes the symptoms are described as a “bubble in the chest” sometimes associated with the feeling of a “bubble popping” or cracking sensation which usually resolves the pain. Patients often think that they are having a heart attack which causes them to panic. This pain typically lasts from a few seconds to a few minutes, though, in some cases, it can persist for up to 30 minutes. The frequency of episodes varies from patient to patient; sometimes occurring daily with multiple episodes each day, or on a less frequent basis with weeks, months, or even years between episodes. On rare occasions, breathing in or out suddenly will cause a small “bubble” popping or cracking sensation in the chest, which results in the pain going away. In most cases the pain is resolved quickly and completely, and medication is not needed for the pain to subside. There is no known treatment or cure for PCS.[2]”

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Also interesting is this! Brass players sometimes have (usually mild) allergic reactions to the mold and bacteria growing inside their instruments. Makes sense!
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/study-brass-wind-instruments-allergic-lung-disease/story?id=11569520

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Woohoo! Yeah!

“Woohoo! Yeah!” (yelled at the top of his lungs)

This is my (newly) 8-year-old son’s reaction to his realization that tomorrow is Monday and there is school (Sudbury Valley School).

What joy this joy brings to his dad’s heart!

Not that he is always this totally pumped for school… he’s a home-body kinda kid, so “transition-time” can be difficult for him even, but he’s never particularly fussed once he gets in the mood and gathers his gear and projects he’s working on. And there’s never really been “Sunday-night-blues” (in anticipation of the coming week) to speak of with either of our kids.

But turning 8 means a few new “big kid” privileges and responsibilities at school, and he is excited and ready for them!

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