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Burning pain under sternum, nausea when in bed. Ate some bread it stopped for 10 minutes then got worse. Not much sleep. Now have dull ache in morning?

Burning pain under sternum, nausea when in bed. Ate some bread it stopped for 10 minutes then got worse. Not much sleep. Now have dull ache in morning?

You need scene: It sounds like there's inflammation of your esophagus, but you need to be seen as soon as possible to confirm that this is what's going on. In the meantime, you might want to consider taking some Zegarid over the counter ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Breastbone Pain (Definition)

The "breast bone" is known as the sternum. Pain in that area can be from local causes, but can also be a sign of cardiac or pulmonary disease and as such pain in that area should be ...Read more


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Left breastbone pain, dull ache in left breast, no lumps that I can see. Postmenopasal had no symptoms through menopause. Had pain for 5 weeks ca?

Left breastbone pain, dull ache in left breast, no lumps that I can see. Postmenopasal had no symptoms through menopause. Had pain for 5 weeks ca?

Breast bone pain: I assume you are up to date on mammograms. Breast lumps are felt not visual. Bone pain left of sternum pain to touch costochondritis heat antinflamatories. But given age need to see doctor for confirmation. Need to get mammogram to confirm no breast pathology. ...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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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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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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What causes pain under sternum after eating?

What causes pain under sternum after eating?

Nothing good....: Pain after eating felt in the middle of the chest could be related to cardiac issues but also to your esophagus. Esophageal stricture's can cause discomfort. You should definitely be checked by your doctor to see if you need upper endoscopy or cardiac workup. ...Read more

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I have sever pain under sternum of rib cage that has now gone round to the middle of by back, it's now day 2 of this, thoughts?

Mgt/workup: The source may be related to an inflammation of your gallbladder or liver. I would advise screening labs, other conditions include muscular strain. ...Read more

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What is the cause of gas pain under sternum?

Esophagus: If pain extends up beneath the sternum could be esophageal motility problem, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or esophagitis. Follow up with gastroenterologist or your pcp. ...Read more

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Pain under sternum and rib cage is it liver?

Pain under sternum and rib cage is it liver?

Most likely Not, but: Sounds like a stomach, or esophagus related issue, like a heartburn or regurgitation/gastritis/esophagitis.
See your pcp to be investigated and treated. ...Read more

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Can a small hernia in lower abdomen cause pain under sternum?

Can a small hernia in lower abdomen cause pain under sternum?

No, unless hernia: Incarcerates or strangulates its contents. You should see your doctor to look for other explanations for this pain. ...Read more

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Stabing chst pain under sternum left side since 2 day. Worse w moving &walking &aftr meals. Prgnant 17 weks. Clexane 0.8 daily for factor 5.heart atack??

Stabing chst pain under sternum left side since 2 day. Worse w moving &walking &aftr meals. Prgnant 17 weks. Clexane 0.8 daily for factor 5.heart atack??

GET CHECKED ASAP!: YOU NEED TO GET CHECKED. Don't panic (could be nothing to something very serious). Heart attack although very uncommon in your age is unlikely, is possible as is angina especially w factor V Leiden dz. Pregnancy is a state of increased clotting as is factor V Leiden dz, even on Clexane (enoxeparin), with the preg & Factor V dz a pulmonary embolus (clot) is a big concern & needs to be checked for! ...Read more

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I have a dull pain in my chest, and I'm worried that something is wrong with my lungs. What can I do?

I have a dull pain in my chest, and I'm worried that something is wrong with my lungs. What can I do?

Go see your doctor: What can you do about a concern about your lungs? Perhaps you should go see your doctor. I am amazed at how many specific health questions are posted without any history or symptoms being provided. And I am equally amazed that someone would think they could be diagnosed by a web site on the internet. If you are concerned about your health, your doctor would be the person to see. In person. ...Read more

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I'm having a dull pain in my chest it feels as if it is spreading to my left shoulder and my back. Its kinda freaking me out. What could it be?

I'm having a dull pain in my chest it feels as if it is spreading to my left shoulder and my back. Its kinda freaking me out. What could it be?

Anxiety: I understand your concern.
It is likely that stresses in your life and unresolved feelings are causing these symptoms.
Alcohol and drug use can increase the intensity of the symptoms.
Please see the physician soon for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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So I exercise daily been two days since but now I m experiencing a dull pain in chest on the left side and seems to worsen when lying down. Help?

Need to be evaluated: Just about all chest pain needs evaluation by a physician, but based on your age, I suspect this is musculoskeletal pain. This could be either muscular pain involving the pectoralis muscles or the junction between the ribs and cartilage called the costochondral area. In the interim, you can rest the area, apply an ice pack for 15-20 minutes 3-4x/day and take Advil or Aleve (naproxen). ...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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I'm 23, female, averagr weight. I've been feeling a dull pain in my middle upper chest that gets sharp and spreads down at times, what could this be?

I'm 23, female, averagr weight. I've been feeling a dull pain in my middle upper chest that gets sharp and spreads down at times, what could this be?

Costochondritis: Usually sharp worse w deep breath, cough, laugh and reproducible if you push on it. If pain goes thru your chest to the back, or short of breath that keeps worsening then see doctor and get chest x-ray. ...Read more

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Please explain dull pain in left chest and left arm?

Please explain dull pain in left chest and left arm?

See below: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Dull pain on right side of chest. Goes and comes. An ER person at work told me it was stress. Could he be right?

Dull pain on right side of chest. Goes and comes. An ER person at work told me it was stress. Could he be right?

Yes: It's always important to be evaluated for such a serious concern. Maybe make an appointment with your primary care provider. It happened to me once, I had chest pain and it was solely anxiety, but the point is, I saw a doctor and got it checked out. Don't diagnose yourself or have a friend do it, see a doc so that you can be sure. There are plenty of young people with heart disease or problems. ...Read more

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My son has a dull pain in the center of his chest he is 32 very active, seen by doc they says it's muscular what else could it be?

Very likely: Chest wall pain is likely due to a muscular component. Depending on the exact location, it could also be reflux, if there are associated symptoms relating to meals. ...Read more