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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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Breastbone Pain (Definition)

Chest pain at the breastbone (the sternum) is a common complaint. Many of the ribs attach to the breast bone, and if these attachments are irritated for any reason (as during growth in puberty or after excessive sports activities), a ...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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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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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