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Ache in sternum when I lean my head back it's worse in morning been few months not painful just a strange ache ?

Ache in sternum when I lean my head back it's worse in morning  been few months not painful just a strange ache ?

Unusual: Such an unusual discomfort may be due to stretching of muscles and/or ligaments in the neck and upper rib cage. Have you been doing any exercises or weight lifting that could be straining these muscles or ligaments? If so, avoid putting stress on the upper chest area to see if the symptoms resolve. See your Physician if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Cough sore throat pain on breathing in upper back on left side and a dull ache around sternum what do you reccommend?

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Cough sore throat pain on breathing in upper back on left side and a dull ache around sternum what do you reccommend?

Seeing a doctor: it can still be a viral respiratory tract infection, but better get seen for the different symptoms you have, best wishes ...Read more

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I am having a dull ache in my sternum (mid-center), not constant, and am worried what the cause might be. The underside of my breasts ache as well as the sides. ?

I am having a dull ache in my sternum (mid-center), not constant, and am worried what the cause might be. The underside of my breasts ache as well as the sides.

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Not too concerned: Chest pain in your age group is usually due to muscle pain or stress related. Go see your doctor and suggest an ekg just to be sure it's not heart related. Acid reflux symptoms usually present with burning pain in center of the chest, aggravated by eating spicy foods and intake of caffeinated and alcohol drinks. Quit smoking if you do smoke. ...Read more

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Ache in ribs and went to sleep an then woke up shivering and I had warm clothes on? An have ache near my sternum

Ache: If you have a fever with coughing spells, you may need to see a doctor as this pains may represent in infection in you lung or pleura. Otherwise, it may be a soft tissue problems of strain or inflammation. ...Read more

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What can give you a dull ache 3inches above your sternum intermitent but not when swallowing dr?

What can give you a dull ache 3inches above your sternum intermitent but not when swallowing dr?

See a doctor: An intermittent dull ache in the upper chest could signal angina ( heart pain related to reduced blood flow). Your doctor will take a history , perform an examination and order tests to sort this out. ...Read more

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Dull stomach ache at base of sternum, lots of belching. What is it?

Dull stomach ache at base of sternum, lots of belching. What is it?

Common is common: This combination is quite frequently indicative of gallbladder disease, especially if the symptoms occur or worsen with fatty and greasy foods. Peptic ulcer disease, gastritis, or gastric emptying problems are also possibilities. Speak to your doctor, and be prepared to detail your symptoms and associated activities. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dull stomach ache at base of sternum, beltching, comes and goes. Pain is not severe. Normal appetite. What is it?

Dull stomach ache at base of sternum, beltching, comes and goes. Pain is not severe. Normal appetite. What is it?

??Gastritis: At age 25, possibly gastritis from certain foods or meds. But it may be other things as well, gallbladder disease, pancreatitis. Watch diet , take some prevacid, (lansoprazole) if not better or worse need sonogram, and of course must see your doctor. ...Read more

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I get panic attacks, occasional ache at bottom of sternum, burping, hot flashes then chills. Had an EKG and blood test, came out normal. Just turned 45. What could be wrong?

I get panic attacks, occasional ache at bottom of sternum, burping, hot flashes then chills. Had an EKG and blood test, came  out normal. Just turned 45. What could be wrong?

Need more info: If you are a woman, you could be going through menopause. Conventional "panic attacks" can casue the symptoms you described. If you doctor has ruled out organic causes for the syptoms you described you should discuss the option of seeking psych care. ...Read more

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Why does my sternum ache every time I get a sore throet?

Why does my sternum ache every time I get a sore throet?

Best to have: yourself checked for possible reflux so treatment can be started to help with your discomfort . ...Read more

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My sternum aches when i inhale its a dull aching pain whenever i inhale, it seems to worsen when i lay down to sleep at night?

My sternum  aches when i inhale its a dull aching pain whenever i inhale, it seems to worsen when i lay down to sleep at night?

It may be a : Condition known as a costochondritis which is an inflammatory condition of the cartilage of the sternal region. It usually occurs after a flu or cold and gets better over time. Over the counter medication can help with symptoms but get checked to make sure it is not heart or lung related. ...Read more

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Did ab workout 2 days ago.Dull ache top ribs under breast and sternum.Ache increases to touch.Heart related or pulled muscles?

Did ab workout 2 days ago.Dull ache top ribs under breast and sternum.Ache increases to touch.Heart related or pulled muscles?

Likely or possible?: It is likely musculoskeletal (given brief history provided), but your symptoms are fairly nonspecific and could run the gamut from benign to life-threatening. For it to be your heart, given your age (and without other risk factor availability), i would think it is unlikely this is your heart; however, i would followup with your physician to provide a more in-depth discussion. ...Read more

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Can pain in my sternum be caused by stress from the day before? It's not severe. Just sore like. P.S. I'm not sick, no coughing or anything

Can pain in my sternum be caused by stress from the day before? It's not severe. Just sore like. P.S. I'm not sick, no coughing or anything

Sternal pain: It may or may not becaused by stress. You mave have a benign condition known as costo-chondritis which is an inflammation of the cartilage connecting the ribs to the sternum. Ibuprofen can be used for pain relief. ...Read more

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I have a protruding sternum and noticed it since I was about 12 now I'm 28 and notice it's getting worse and at time causing aches. What are my option?

Pectus carinatum: It sounds like what you have is: pectus carinatum. It doesn't cause any medical problems or shorten your life. In extreme cases, it can be corrected surgically. Or there are braces you can try, which may alleviate your discomfort. Typically it stops changing after you stop growing as a teenager, but a specialist can take measurements and fit a brace. ...Read more

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Hi,I've been having aches and small discomfort on the top of my sternum,sometimes it feels l have to stretch to make the pain go away. Georgina ?

Hi,I've been having aches and small discomfort on the top of my sternum,sometimes it feels l have to stretch to make the pain go away.
Georgina ?

Sounds rather benign: But if you develop any associated symptoms, like sharp pain or Shortness of breath, then You must be seen in an ER. Aches and discomfort are rather common and we all have almost daily, and keeping muscles strong and doing stretching exercises is certainly helpful in keeping these minor aches and pains away. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Can too much coughing make my sternum sore?

Can too much coughing make my sternum sore?

Yes......: Coughing can result in musculoskeletal pain, including sternal pain. But, if the sternal pain is present when you're not coughing, it could be heart-related which requires an er visit. If musculoskeletal, it will improve once your cough resolves so see your doc for cough treatment. If you smoke, you need to quit asap! ...Read more

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Why is my sternum sore if i push just a little on it it hurts it also sticks out some also it has been this way for a very long time

Why is my sternum sore if i push just a little on it it hurts it also sticks out some also it has been this way for a very long time

This : This is an issue that warrants medical evaluation. You could be dealing with a sternal mass, or just be dealing with a prominent sternum. An x-ray or ultrasound of the area will give more clues as to the diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hiya, I'm so nervous. Bumpiness at back of throat Dull ear and neck ache on right side Feeling of something stuck/lump in throat Pain in sternum, ma?

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I'm so nervous. 
Bumpiness at back of throat
Dull ear and neck ache on right side 
Feeling of something stuck/lump in throat
Pain in sternum, ma?

Throat: A great number of patients present to the ENT with bumpiness of the back of the throat. This photograph shows some bumpiness that is associated with lymphoid tissue in the back of the throat. This type of finding can be associated with irritation from post nasal drip or allergies. It can also be associated with viral illness and if persistent should see an ENT or PCP. ...Read more

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I have a spasm at the base of the sternum that circles my ribcage. It is extremely sore for days, completely impeding my movement. Any suggestions?

I have a spasm at the base of the sternum that circles my ribcage. It is extremely sore for days, completely impeding my movement. Any suggestions?

?Costochondritis: This may be an inflammation or strain of the joint between the sternum and rib. If so. there is usually associated tenderness and pain on motion. Try cold or warm applications and if you can take them,NSAIDS,like ibuprofen may help. See your Physician if symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more

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Tight feeling in middle of chest round the sternum, feels as though I need to stretch it, feels a bit sore and uncomfortable also, what could this be?

Tight feeling in middle of chest round the sternum, feels as though I need to stretch it, feels a bit sore and uncomfortable also, what could this be?

Chest wall strain: Just like other parts of your body, the rib cage has muscles, nerves and connective tissue. There is also a joint of sorts where the rib meets the breast bone. Any unusual physical activity (lifting, heavy exercise) or blow to the chest can cause these symptoms which should resolve in a few days. However, if you get pain with breathing, shortness of breath, cough or fever, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Dull ache the bottom of my rib cage both sides I have also been having a ache in my groin an my sternum never had problems before was fit a healthy ?

Vague: Unfortunately these are vague and spread out symptoms which could represent muscle/ligament sprains, abdominal pathology, urologic conditions, etc. I would recommend seeing a physician if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing a dull ache in my shoulders, almost like my arm is asleep. Also in the sternum area. ?

See an MD: When does it occur, is it associated with exertion/activity and relieved by rest? How old are you, do you have other medical problems, or a family history of anything? Depending on the answers to these questions it could be ischemic heart disease, or many other more benign conditions...See a doc. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing a dull ache in my shoulders, almost like my arm is asleep. Also in the sternum area. ?

I've been experiencing a dull ache in my shoulders, almost like my arm is asleep. Also in the sternum area. 
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Testing is needed: Shoulder and chest pain could be heart disease or angina, but also can be musculoskeletal or a neurologic (nerve) problem. Shoulder pain can also represent gallbladder pain. Additional testing and discussion with your doctor can help sort this out. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing a dull ache in my shoulders, almost like my arm is asleep. Also in the sternum area. ?

I've been experiencing a dull ache in my shoulders, almost like my arm is asleep. Also in the sternum area. 
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More info: When does this occur? If it occurs with exertion/activity and is relieved by rest it could be related to ischemic heart disease. I would recommend you see a doctor. There are several other things that this could be; however without further information, i would suggest seeing a doctor. ...Read more

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I have a dull ache under my rib cage on the right side. Just below and to the right of the sternum. No gall bladder. ?

I have a dull ache under my rib cage on the right side. Just below and to the right of the sternum. No gall bladder. ?

Ulcer?: In people whose gallbladder is out it is still possible to get right upper quadrant pain under the rib cage. You should see your medical doctor or the surgeon who took out the gall bladder to get a further work up. Would recommend liver function tests and an ultrasound of the liver and common bile duct. Ultimately you should see a doctor who actually knows your medical history and can examine you. ...Read more

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Sternum feels tight when I take a deep breath with slight ache. and when I turn my head right I have a ache the top part of the right side chest ?

Sternum feels tight when I take a deep breath with slight ache. and when I turn my head right I have a ache the top part of the right side chest ?

See a doctor str8away: Your healthcare system is excellent and to properly evaluate this problem you should see your doctor right away. The list of possibilities is extensive and if a referral to cardiology and/or pulmonary is appropriate don't hesitate to ask your doctor. Imaging and special tests including but not limited to pulmonary function, ECHO, EKG and stress tests may be appropriate before musculoskeletal evals ...Read more

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Chest and back have been hurting my sternum is sore to the touch IV been to my doctor and she medically cleared me I have anxiety to what causes this?

Chest and back have been hurting my sternum is sore to the touch IV been to my doctor and she medically cleared me I have anxiety to what causes this?

Costochondritis: Costochondritis is inflammation of the junctions where the upper ribs join with the cartilage that holds them to the breastbone or sternum. The condition causes localized chest wall pain and tenderness that you can reproduce by pushing on the involved cartilage in the front of the rib cage. Costochondritis is a relatively harmless condition and usually goes away without treatment. Shiel et al. ...Read more

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I can get a full breath but when breath its tightish near sternum an when lean back can feel it also re accuring sore throet no asthma been 5-7 month?

I can get a full breath but when breath its tightish near sternum an when lean back can feel it also re accuring sore throet no asthma been 5-7 month?

Inhaler ? : If you are tight with a history of asthma, a trial of an inhaled breathing treatment may improve your discomfort. If that doesn't work, check your peak flow with the doctor, or get you own cheap peak flow meter - they are made out of cardboard and are a cheap and easy way to make sure you are clear ...Read more

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If you had CABG and sternum infection 2 weeks later what would healing time be? Its been 11 months for me and still sore.

If you had CABG and sternum infection 2 weeks later what would healing time be? Its been 11 months for me and still sore.

3-4 months: With persistent discomfort, be examined, check white blood count and sed rate for secondary signs of low grade infection. May need ct scan as well see your surgeon. ...Read more

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Sternum feels tight little ache can't seem to fill my lungs also aches when I lean my head back and sometimes makes me cough ?

Sternum feels tight little ache can't seem to fill my lungs also aches when I lean my head back and sometimes makes me cough ?

Pleurisy: Hi, it seems that you have Pleuritic chest pain which could be due to inflammation of rib cage or lung. Please see your provider for further evaluation. Feel better soon. ...Read more

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My breasts very sore, watery discharge from left. Feel heavy. I had hysterectomy two years ago. Pain goes into sternum. Please advise.

My breasts very sore, watery discharge from left. Feel heavy. I had hysterectomy two years ago.  Pain goes into sternum.  Please advise.

Mammogram: You will benefit from seeing your GYN for breast exam and possibly labwork and mammogram. Watery discharge from the breast can be due to multiple things (ductal ectasia or widening, hormonal changes, medications, breast disorder, prolactinoma,etc.) ...Read more

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I get this strange kinda sore like sharp pain @the bottomunder my sternum towards the right side worst with movement & deep breaths what can it be?

I get this strange kinda sore like sharp pain @the bottomunder my sternum towards the right side worst with movement & deep breaths what can it be?

Depends: Costochondriitis can be a differential. It is caused by inflammation of the joint or junction of the sternum and the ribs. It could be also due to pleuritic type of chest pain which is inflammation of the lining of the lungs. Other specialists may also give you other differential diagnosis. The best way is to make an appointment with your physician and examine you. ...Read more

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