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What can I do to investigate the cause of a sore breast bone, on the left side only?

What can I do to investigate the cause of a sore breast bone, on the left side only?

See your doctor: He/she will listen to you, perform an exam, possibly run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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Is it normal to have a knot under your breast bone? I have a knot right under my breast bone and at times its sore and I have troble breathing because of it.

Is it normal to have a knot under your breast bone? I have a knot right under my breast bone and at times its sore and I have troble breathing because of it.

Not : Not exactly sure what you are referring to as a knot. At the bottom of the breast bone (sternum) there is cartilage that hardens with age. It is called the xiphoid process. I don’t know if what you are describing as a knot is your xiphoid process. Xiphoid syndrome is when that area becomes painful. Does it hurt more after you eat a large meal or if you move in a particular way (such as lifting something or bending over)? Possibly, it hurts when you breath in and out. Sometimes the doctor doesn’t figure out a reason why it is hurting but sometimes it may due to other medical conditions; like problems with your heart or your gallbladder. On the other hand, maybe what you are feeling is a knot and not your xiphoid process. The best way to find out is to see your doctor and be examined. ...Read more

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I have chest discomfort in the center of my chest a little on left. Its about 2 inches above the breast bone. It is tender to the touch. Feels kind of like a sore. It lasted all night at work, but now the pain isnt really there even when i touch the area.

I have chest discomfort in the center of my chest a little on left. Its about 2 inches above the breast bone. It is tender to the touch. Feels kind of like a sore. It lasted all night at work, but now the pain isnt really there even when i touch the area.

Likely muscular: Hello, if you can really pinpoint almost exactly where the pain is located on your chest (i.e. 2 inches above the breast bone), than it is likely rib pain or some sort of muscular chest wall pain. Do you lift weights or work out? I would rest for a few days, take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen if it comes back again. It does not sound concerning for heart pain. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Have pain just below breast. on lansoprazole.feels like I've been winded.and painful and between breast bone feels sore?

Have pain just below breast. on lansoprazole.feels like I've been winded.and painful and between breast bone feels sore?

Call 911: Chest pain should be taken seriously with your medical conditions and age. Call 911 to have you transferred to the nearest Emergency Room for complete history and physical to determine and rule out potentially life threatening causes of these symptoms. Good luck ...Read more

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I have a strange pain or discomfort coming from my breast bone. I stretched , heard a pop or crack and it's been sore ever since . ?

I have a strange pain or discomfort coming from my breast bone.
I stretched , heard a pop or crack and it's been sore ever since .
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Subluxation: Hi ChrisF689 Sounds like you may have a slight separation or subluxation of one of the joints between ribs and sternum..or even more common, where the 'floating' ribs connect to each other along the lower margin. Antiinflammatory, Ice and some gentle manipulation may help. If it continues, or your have any shortness of breath, see your practitioner. ...Read more

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Got sore knot feeling discomfort under left to middle breast bone. Top of tummy. Gurgles at times. What could this be?

Got sore knot feeling discomfort under left to middle breast bone. Top of tummy. Gurgles at times. What could this be?

Stomach: you likely have an irritated stomach and could consider taking some antacid medication and seeing your health care provider if it worsens or persists ...Read more

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I have chest pain only when doing pull-ups. It is at the base of my breast bone more on my left than right. It is sore to touch , but not bad.

I have chest pain only when doing pull-ups. It is at the base of my breast bone  more on my left than right. It is sore to touch , but not bad.

Typical muscle : This is typical for muscle strain. Make sure yourtechnique is correct and dont over do it. Rest and nsaids should help. If it doesnt after a week or so see your doctor and get it looked at. ...Read more

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Is it possible to feel lymph nodes between your breast? Like on the sides of the breast bone. Have a sore lump above my breast but under the collarbon

Is it possible to feel lymph nodes between your breast? Like on the sides of the breast bone. Have a sore lump above my breast but under the collarbon

Yes, you can: You can feel lymph nodes in this area. Its a good idea to let your doctor know about palpable lymph-nodes in this area. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What to do if I have breast bone that is also sore and tender. Is more likely that I have thyroid nodule (s)?

Doubtful: Tenderness of the breastbone and thyroid nodules usually have nothing to do with each other. If you have tenderness to the breastbone, please see your doctor you may need an x-ray and definitely you need a physical exam to evaluate the problem. If you have thyroid nodules, you also need to see your doctor for the proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Mastectomy (Definition)

A mastectomy is complete removal of all visible breast tissue. Different variations exist, some of which spare some or all of ...Read more