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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience in Gastroenterology
Check on chest pain: Chest pain is nothing to ignore! the potential origin of your symptoms includes: heart, lungs, mediastinum, esophagus, musculoskeletal, pericardium (s ... Read More

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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amandeep Kaur
9 years experience in Family Medicine
Short of breath: Although the pain did not re-occur but you must see a doctor as you have difficulty breathing and still not feeling well. It could be an infection, re ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Dr. Ed Kaplan answered
38 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
An Alien: You may have a deformity in your sternum (example: pectus excavatum) that can sometimes be irritating. If you have discomfort below the "xiphoid" (low ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience in Family Medicine
Be seen: Chest pain and pressure should always prompt you to be seen in an emergency room immediately.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
22 years experience in Cardiology
Chest pain: It could be gastritis, or reflux disease or musculoskeletal or cardiac. You need to consult your physician.
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Newton
18 years experience in Pain Management
Get checked out: The greatest concern is the possibility of a heart condition. This could be a musculoskeletal problem, but better to be safe than sorry. Discuss wit ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leila Hashemi
20 years experience in Internal Medicine
See a doctor: Hi please see a doctor to evaluate this, it could be as simple as a Hernia to more serious conditions.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
26 years experience in Pulmonology
Many possibilities: Many causes are possible including a stomach ulcer, pleurisy, esophagitis (inflammation of the esophagus) and muscle pull. Best to seek medical atten ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
32 years experience in Neurology
Most would say......: ......costochondritis or something like that because of what you mentioned as being exacerbated by PRESSING down on the ribs. However, I don't have a ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Pulse feeling: Under the left rib cage is tye spleen, if it is tender and pulsating you need to see your doctor.
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tony Willson
16 years experience in Family Medicine
Possibly...: A hiatal hernia or just chronic acid producing gas build up in your stomach. It should evaluated as both situations should be treated.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jason Jaramillo
15 years experience in Internal Medicine
It could be : It could be a variety of conditions. My first thought is gas passing through a portion of your large intestine called the hepatic flexure. This is the ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Traci-lyn Eisenberg
9 years experience in Family Medicine
Needs evaluation: You need to be evaluated by a physician promptly. This is the area where you can have pain with appendicitis, which can rupture if not treated in an ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Hello. : Hello. I will try to be as helpful as i can but i can’t diagnose your symptoms. We can go through possible symptoms of problems with the gallbladde ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience in Family Medicine
Recheck: Sounds like you need to be rechecked for gall bladder, liver or pancreas problems. Sometimes the gall bladder can be diseased without gallstones - a ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience in Family Medicine
Several causes: Could be several issues, possible urinary tract issue, uterine issues, intestinal issue, or even a small umbilical issue, etc, etc. If it persist, th ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mansoor Jatoi
8 years experience in Internal Medicine
Nonspecific symptoms: Your symptoms are nonspecific, I would follow up with your doctor who knows your trends of blood pressure and be able to tell you if this is abnormal ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Taylor
38 years experience in Pulmonology
Need to have a: basic exam and a chest xray to diagnose your condition. An EKG is needed for the chest pressure.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Xin-Nong Li
38 years experience in Internal Medicine
Cramping pain: It sounds like cramping pain. It may cause by spasm of intestine, or ovalation from the ovary. If pain continues, you need to see your doctor.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
?Xiphisterum: There a process at the bottom of the sternum, called xiphisterum that you may be what you are feeling. Beyond that it would need a physical examinati ... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience in Family Medicine
Pains: Several things n that area-lungs, stomach, ribs, spleen, etc. You need a full History and physical with steady pain to properly diagnose what you may ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
34 years experience in Gastroenterology
Seek help: With or without trauma, anything that hurts when you breathe is going to have adverse consequences ( you can't hold your breath until the problem reso ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matt Wachsman
35 years experience in Internal Medicine
Pain location: gives the likely etiology. Cannot say in your case without an exam but, tender to touch, on the outside, implies a musculo-skeletal condition
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience in Internal Medicine
Difficult: To say without exam. Best to get this one checked out as it should not hurt if nothing.
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