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200 miles in the mountains and an ER visit

I had a successful trip up to Pennsylvania's route 125 for some more technical riding. Lots of hairpin turns and twisties. No issues except some tightness in my chest. Made it home safely.
Fast-forward to that evening, the tightness has become a seriously concerning pain. Shortness of breath, pain when I bend and breathe deeply. Sleep on it, says the family. Wake up feeling worse and head to the ER.
Blood test, EKG, chest x-ray. No problems. Doc calls it Costochondritis, inflammation of the cartilage. Take some Advil and lay low.
Now I've done multi-day rides, 400+ miles a day, highly technical roads without so much as a sore back and neck. I figure, four hours in the mountains is a picnic, maybe try and work on my lines and lean angle. So the ride was normal but the approach was more sport oriented riding. Kiss the mirrors and lean into your turns. Nothing crazy.
Has anyone had a similar experience? I've had the Versys less than a year but have ridden double the mileage of my previous two bikes in that time. I'm no sport bike rider but I like to attempt to learn and improve, did I just push too far?

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Could just be "Old Age" catching up to you. Once i hit 50 i got aches in pains in places i never knew.... Just using muscles you're just not use to using.....

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Could just be "Old Age" catching up to you. Once i hit 50 i got aches in pains in places i never knew.... Just using muscles you're just not use to using.....
I actually had something like that when I was in my 20s. Working full time and going to college. I was stressed. Mine was sharp pains in the heart. I didn't have shortness of breath. That would scare me worse. I worked in a hospital and just walked down and talked to an ER doc and she told me the same thing. It was stress induced inflammation. She told me to take non steroidals and try to relax.
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I actually had something like that when I was in my 20s. Working full time and going to college. I was stressed. Mine was sharp pains in the heart. I didn't have shortness of breath. That would scare me worse. I worked in a hospital and just walked down and talked to an ER doc and she told me the same thing. It was stress induced inflammation. She told me to take non steroidals and try to relax.
Exactly what I think may be going on. The doc said over and over and over "we're not as young as we used to be" but there wasn't fifty years between him and I. I'm only 29 but then again I'm a boarding school house dad for 48 high school aged boys...that might have something to do with it.
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That's NEVER reason to trade your V....

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Riding is an active sport if you are doing it right. That said, I have actively pursued yoga stretches and poses to help my riding stamina. I'm in my 50s and can ride all day, every day. My body creeks, cracks, and groans, but I keep going.
Maybe one day I will trade it all in on a roadster, but not yet.
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I have had pleurisy a number of times when I was younger.
I got it sometimes after riding my mountain bike on roads long distance and then when bending over to tie shoes or pick something up nearly collapsing in pain.
I am aware of what it is and know it is really really painful - enough to probably throw you off your bike.
A doctor described it to be me like your lung tissue is pinched between you ribs, bending hurts, breathing hurts, can only do short breaths, twisting hurts, basically you think someone is stabbing you in the side of your chest on every breath.
Dr said to just relax and it will go away.
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Beware of Planking

I don't know what other exercises you do, but beware of Planking:

http://http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3030983/The-ultra-competitive-exercise-fad-ruin-health-called-planking-suddenly-sweeping-gyms-Pilates-classes.html

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