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I've had a cold for a few days. Today I have been nauseous and have a dull pain right below my sternum and also have been burping. What could it be?

I've had a cold for a few days. Today I have been nauseous and have a dull pain right below my sternum and also have been burping. What could it be?

Stomach flu: All your symptoms may be part of a viral illness, sometimes called Stomach flu. Avoid food for a day or so, drink clear water or electrolyte solution when nausea has subsided and advance diet slowly after that as tolerated. If start vomiting, seek medical help to avoid dehydration.Feel better:) ...Read more

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Pain Under Breast Bone (Definition)

The sternum is sometimes referred to as the "breastbone". Pain under the breast bone would medically referred to as substernal pain. Although there are multiple causes, cardiac and pulmonary sources need ...Read more


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What could cause pain below sternum and too the right? Not burning but deep ache, bloods and chest xray normal

What could cause pain below sternum and too the right? Not burning but deep ache, bloods and chest xray normal

Rib cage: If the discomfort is in the right upper abdomen, inflammation of the liver or gall bladder could be present. Also a rib cage strain or inflammation is possible. Is there a history of injury or strain? Is the rib cage tender? You need to reconsult your physician if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Pain below sternum after drinking?

Pain below sternum after drinking?

GERD: This type of discomfort typically represents an acid-peptic process such as ulcers or gastroesophageal reflux. As a part of evaluation and treatment, a trial of acid suppression such as with antacids or medicaitons such as prilosec. An evaluation by our physician can also determine if further evaluation is warranted, such as an upper endoscopy. ...Read more

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35 yo wife has pain below sternum this pain waxes and wanes over past few days?

35 yo wife has pain below sternum this pain waxes and wanes over past few days?

Below sternum pain: Pain below the sternum as described may be esophageal in nature, & possibly related to spasms of the esophagus muscle. Less likely but certainly concerning would be heart pain--this must be evaluated asap please. Once she is reassured her heart is fine, other considerations then include: esophageal inflammation, mediastinitis, lung & brochial problems, syndrome x, breast disease. Get it checked. ...Read more

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'what does it mean if I have pain below sternum and i''m burping? '

'what does it mean if I have pain below sternum and i''m burping? '

Gastritis: Most likely it seems you have gastric symptoms please see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Pain below sternum. Hurts when I breathe?

Pain below sternum. Hurts when I breathe?

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 resolves...). ...Read more

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How long does pain below sternum associated with chest wall pain last?

How long does pain below sternum associated with chest wall pain last?

Costochondritis: If you have chest wall inflammation (costochondritis) it can take up to 4 weeks. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories can help this. It can be viral in nature and be called the tietze virus. See a physician to rule cardiac problems and get an ekg. ...Read more

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Hello. I'm a 36 year old male with history of anxiety and pvcs. Can't sleep. As soon as I doze off, I get sharp pain below sternum. What is this?

Hello. I'm a 36 year old male with history of anxiety and pvcs. Can't sleep. As soon as I doze off, I get sharp pain below sternum. What is this?

Anxiety: See your primary care doctor first to rule out medical issues, especially with pain in your sternum. If you are cleared medically try using the free anti anxiety app for up to date information, exercises and videos to reduce anxiety. Best. ...Read more

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Had iron injection 4 days ago have had pain below sternum under rib cage and to the right that radiates around my back. Very painful is this normal?

Had iron injection 4 days ago have had pain below sternum under rib cage and to the right that radiates around my back. Very painful is this normal?

Iron injection: Iron delivered intramuscularly or intravenously would not create that symptom. Gall bladder or liver inflammation is more likely. I recommend an examination by your physician. Appropriate tests will be ordered after your examination depending upon the clinical findings. ...Read more

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Pain below sternum and between rib cage above stomach that radiates to back. Usually take buscopan but pain isn't going away.?

Pain below sternum and between rib cage above stomach that radiates to back. Usually take buscopan but pain isn't going away.?

Gall bladder pain: Can radiate to the back as you describe. If it continues see your doctor who can order an ultrasound and or HIDA scan. ...Read more

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What can cause seizing up fingers and toes, pain below sternum (to left and right), no sex drive and respiratory issues?

What can cause seizing up fingers and toes, pain below sternum (to left and right), no sex drive and respiratory issues?

Nondiagnostic: These varied symptoms are nondiagnostic at this time. A physician is needed to take a thorough history and perform a complete physical examination in order to assess your symptoms. A after this assessment, your physician will order appropriate tests and, if necessary, refer you to the proper specialists. ...Read more

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20yr/Ath. Tight chest sharp at times, back pain. Pain below sternum. Freq belching. Doc says Esoph Spasms? Echo, EKG and CXray normal. Angina a worry?

20yr/Ath. Tight chest sharp at times, back pain. Pain below sternum. Freq belching. Doc says Esoph Spasms? Echo, EKG and CXray normal. Angina a worry?

Chest pain: There are many causes of chest pain, the heart is one, intestinal gas and thoracic musculoskeletal pains are very common, anxiety and panic attacks likewise are frequent causes. You should always ask the doctors who see you what they think is the problem you came for and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Gnawing pain below sternum and above stomach, sore Esophagus, fatigue. Worse on empty stomach and in the morning. Watery mouth occasionally?

Gnawing pain below sternum and above stomach, sore Esophagus, fatigue. Worse on empty stomach and in the morning. Watery mouth occasionally?

Gastrits: Could be Acute Gastritis. Avoid any solid food. Drink Liquids for 24 Hours and then BRAT Diet. If still remains a problem after 4 days, consult your Doctor. ...Read more

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Sharp pain below sternum, (feels better food in stomach) bloating, anxiety/tachycardia, lightheaded, not sleeping well. Thryoid or digestive problem?

Sharp pain below sternum, (feels better food in stomach) bloating, anxiety/tachycardia, lightheaded, not sleeping well. Thryoid or digestive problem?

Anxiety: Anxiety can cause indigestion as well as irritable bowel syndrome, peptic ulcers, gastritis, panic attacks, insomnia, high blood pressure and much more. You need to speak with your doctor about getting medication for improving your coping abilities and therapy. You can spend your life going from doctor to doctor for all your symptoms but they are usually caused by anxiety and depression. ...Read more

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I often get dull pain behind sternum (slightly right). No other symptoms. GP diagnosed Esophagitis twice, is this likely correct?

I often get dull pain behind sternum (slightly right). No other symptoms. GP diagnosed Esophagitis twice, is this likely correct?

Hard to say: Esophagitis (GERD) is very common, and if you get relief from antacids, it is likely true. Inflammation of the cartilages can sometimes cause a siilar pain, and then antacids won't help. Ibuprofen will make GERD much worse, but makes the pain of cartilage inflammatoin better. (costochondritis) ...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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Upon swallowing, there's a dull pain over the sternum. Feels like my food or liquid needs to pass over something. Could this be indigestion?

Upon swallowing, there's a dull pain over the sternum. Feels like my food or liquid needs to pass over something. Could this be indigestion?

See GI doctor: Difficulty swallowing ("dysphagia") can be distinguished as a "transfer" problem (difficulty moving food from mouth to top of esophagus), "transit" problem (difficulty moving food down the esophagus), "spasm", gerd (due to sphincter problems), or obstructive (webs, rings, strictures, ulcer, tumor). Best to see a gastroenterologist (gi doctor) for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Burning dull pain behind sternum and in stomach I have gastritis and ulcers is this normal it happens on a empty stomach in morning also?

Burning dull pain behind sternum and in stomach I have gastritis and ulcers is this normal it happens on a empty stomach in morning also?

Of course not: No, this is not normal. How long have you been on the carafate and protonix (pantoprazole)? Alcohol use is listed as moderate, what was the indication for ativan? Was it to prescribed to lessen the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal? It would appear that an endoscopy (scope into stomach and part of small intestine) is indicated. ...Read more

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I had a sharp pain in my chest out of nowhere y-day. And today I've had dull pain. Sharp pain randomly and when I inhale deep. I'm a 21 y o female.?

I had a sharp pain in my chest out of nowhere y-day. And today I've had dull pain. Sharp pain randomly and when I inhale deep. I'm a 21 y o female.?

Sharp chest pain: Could be costochondritis or pleurodynia- inflammation of chest wall or the lining surrounding the lungs or could be reflux rarely could be clot which is more common if on birth control pills and smoking. Would follow up today with doc/ urgent care ...Read more

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Hi I'm a female 26 years old. My right chest, lung started hurting a day or two ago. It's a dull pain that happens when I take a deep breath.

Hi I'm a female 26 years old. My right chest, lung started hurting a day or two ago. It's a dull pain that happens when I take a deep breath.

Be seen: Although it would be unusual in an otherwise healthy female, anyone. With chest pain with respiration should be seen and evaluated to ensure there is not underlying cause that is potentially dangerous such as a pulmonary embolus or spontaneous pneumothorax. Again, not common, but you should consider being seen. ...Read more

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I'm a fit endurance athlete, male, age 40. When I run, after 3 or 4 miles I get a dull pain in my thoracic spine and a constricted chest. Connected?

I'm a fit endurance athlete, male, age 40. When I run, after 3 or 4 miles I get a dull pain in my thoracic spine and a constricted chest. Connected?

It may be but it may: It could be or it may not. This is something that should be evaluated by your doctor in terms of a physical exam. Even though you may be fit, there could be underlying issues of a potential variety of causes from musculoskeletal to pulmonary or cardiovascular that have to be evaluated. There could be a combination of reasons as well. ...Read more