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A 37-year-old female asked:

Woke up twice from burning sensation in upper abdomen, ribs, and lower part of left breast.pain lasted 15 sec. or so. pcp says heart ok.ideas?

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Dr. Yolanda Lagunas
40 years experience
Rib pain: Pain in the area you describe could be heartburn especially if you were asleep. Reflux can make the acid go up you esophagus and once you sat up, it went back down. It it was sharp, occsionally we can get an inflammation of the rib(s) where the bone and cartilage join called costochondritis. Medications such as Motrin or Aleve (naproxen) taken for several days should help this.

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