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Is it normal for your sternum to pop out while pregnant?

Is it normal for your sternum to pop out while pregnant?

Sternum: Usually, no, but all joints may get loosening and diastasis during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is a knot on the upper sternum normal?

Not necessarily: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a hard bump below your sternum?

Yes: The lowest part of the sternum is shaped like an arrowhead and is called the xiphoid process. ...Read more

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I have a small bump on the base of my sternum. I think its been there a long time. Is this normal?

I have a small bump on the base of my sternum. I think its been there a long time. Is this normal?

May be a normal bone: Lower part of the sternum, normal bone the xyphoid process may feel like a lump, to make sure it is not a tumour see your doctor, . ...Read more

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The right side of my sternum is larger than the left. Feels like cartilidge. Starts at top and ends near middle. Is this normal?

The right side of my sternum is larger than the left. Feels like cartilidge. Starts at top and ends near middle. Is this normal?

Could be: This sounds like a form of pectus excavatum. These malformations are common and usually are asymptomatic, unless so severe and disfiguring as to affect a child psychologically. Then surgery is an option. ...Read more

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My chest above the sternum and then go up a little bit on my left and right side there is like a lump on each side this normal?

My chest above the sternum and then go up a little bit on my left and right side there is like a lump on each side this normal?

Yes: You are being conscious about your body....that is natural. That is a normal anatomical feature. Becomes more noticeable with advancing age, eight loss, sagging of breast, occasionally....Vit D and calcium/parathyroid problem ...Read more

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My sternum goes from my manubrium then slightly slopes down & then comes back up toward the bottom of chest. Like a small dent, is this normal?

My sternum goes from my manubrium then slightly slopes down & then comes back up toward the bottom of chest. Like a small dent, is this normal?

Pectus excavatum: Also called funnel chest, severe cases of pectus excavatum can eventually interfere with the function of the heart and lungs. But even mild cases of pectus excavatum can make children feel self-conscious about their appearance. Surgery can correct the deformity. If the case is mild no surgery needed. ...Read more

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My ribs going down are slightly raised above the sternum causing a dented kind of look. Is this normal, could it get worse? It is causing pain.

My ribs going down are slightly raised above the sternum causing a dented kind of look. Is this normal, could it get worse? It is causing pain.

Pectus: Sometimes the sternum is recessed to varying degrees called pectus excavatum. This is a congenital issue and does not suddenly appear but is present from birth. At your age the problem should not progress. Severe pectus can cause respiratory problems and for significant cosmetic reasons some individuals have surgical intervention. If mild change, should not intervene and willl not progress. ...Read more

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Is it normal for costochondritis to appear suddenly? (Upper right chest, next sternum). What is the best home care, and how long should it last?

Is it normal for costochondritis to appear suddenly? (Upper right chest, next sternum). What is the best home care, and how long should it last?

Costochondritis....: Costochondritis is due to inflammation of the cartilage of the rib cage. It can appear suddenly. If pressing on the affected area of the chest wall reproduces the pain, costochondritis is probable. Treatment includes antiinflammatory meds like ibuprofen and applying heat or cold to the area, whichever decreases discomfort. The pain can last a few days. See your doctor if the diagnosis is uncertain ...Read more

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I had surgery to remove a mass out of my chest in 2005, I can still feel my sternum move and pop. Is this normal?

I had surgery to remove a mass out of my chest in 2005, I can still feel my sternum move and pop. Is this normal?

No it is not: Since it has been so long since your operation most likely your bone has healed by non union, which means that there is scar tissue there but the bone has not come together and healed properly. Rarely this can be due to chronic infection. Either way you need to see your surgeon. He or she will determine the extent of the problem and discuss treatment options, risks and benefits ...Read more

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A week ago I threw up a lot. After that my sternum hurt when I inhaled deeply. Now, I have had it on and off sternum pain since. Is this normal?

A week ago I threw up a lot. After that my sternum hurt when I inhaled deeply. Now, I have had it on and off sternum pain since. Is this normal?

You may have: Strained a rib cartilage attached to the sternum, or the sternum itself, or a muscle in between those bones. Or you may have an infection of the lungs after you inadvertently swallowed something from your stomach while you were vomiting. Or you may have a blood clot in the lungs. Or you may have acid reflux scarring your esophagus from vomiting. Bottom line is you need to see a doctor to help. ...Read more

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I have sternum pain while breathing, sometimes when I press on it, it's really a bad pain, what could it be? A normal sternum cold? Or an inflammation?

Inflammatory: Many time the ribs associated with the sternum can get inflamed called costochondritis. Other times it could be where the xyphoid process attaching to the sternum can cause pain. Also could be where the clavicle attaches to the sternum as well. Either way have it checked out and addressed. ...Read more

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Whenever I hold my breath, I feel a and see a pulsation next to my sternum/xiphoid process. I believe this is my aorta if I'm not mistaken. Normal?

Whenever I hold my breath, I feel a and see a pulsation next to my sternum/xiphoid process. I believe this is my aorta if I'm not mistaken. Normal?

Completely normal: When you take a deep breath you displace organs in your chest including your heart. This displacement makes the heart movements more palpable. ...Read more

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I'm 21. All my joints started to pop recently from everything between & including feet to sternum & shoulders from normal movement. Why/how do I fix?

I'm 21. All my joints started to pop recently from everything between & including feet to sternum & shoulders from normal movement. Why/how do I fix?

Loose Joints: People with hypermobile joints might have joint hypermobility syndrome (jhs) with inherited laxity of ligament tissue. Ability to lock knees & put palms on floor can be sign of jhs. Osteopath should be able to diagnose. Mostly in females & can predispose to fibromyalgia. Solution is lean body mass & toned muscles. Yoga, swimming, & gentle weight training can stabilize joints & reduce laxity. ...Read more

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Fit 59yr m has chest pain about 10cm to the right of sternum when pulse >155. Xray, ekg, tte, stress test all normal. What other tests are indicated?

Fit 59yr m has chest pain about 10cm to the right of sternum when pulse >155. Xray, ekg, tte, stress test all normal. What other tests are indicated?

Chest pain: To answer best would need to see you and have first hand information about your exercise response on the stress test. If CAD remains a consideration, I would do a coronary angiogram at this point. If my clinical impression was that we had pretty much ruled out cad, I would likely have something else in mind. ...Read more

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I started phentermine and now having dull sternum pain. Is this normal?

I started phentermine and now having dull sternum pain. Is this normal?

Appetite Suppressant: Phentermine is a stimulant. As such it can cause chest pain if you have a previously undiagnosed heart condition. It can do this by increasing your heart rate, blood pressure or causing an abnormal heart rhythm. Also, if you just started dieting and exercising you may have injured your chest causing the soreness. Do not ignore these symptoms. See the doctor that prescribed the medication. ...Read more

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Fractured sternum at age 13, now 22.Still get pain occasionally in chest & makes loud pop. Is this normal? Happens with strenuous act or heavy lifting

Fractured sternum at age 13, now 22.Still get pain occasionally in chest & makes loud pop. Is this normal? Happens with strenuous act or heavy lifting

Could be rib: The ribs and clavicle are attached to the sternum through joints. As a result of the fracture you may have injured your costo chondral joint or sterno clavicular joint. An orthopedic surgeon should be able to make the diagnosis. Both conditions are difficult to treat and have so so treatment results. If surgery is recommended be certain he/she has preformed this many times and has good results. ...Read more

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Is a CRP level of 3 normal? With pain in sternum and joints

CRP: C-reactive protein (CRP) is a non-specific test used to detect inflammation if there is suspicion of tissue injury or infection in the body, but the test cannot tell where or what is causing it. CRP is not diagnostic of any condition, but it can be used together with signs and symptoms and other tests to evaluate for an acute inflammatory condition. The value of 3 is non-specific. ...Read more

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It's been 4 weeks since fractured sternum, is it normal for it to still hurt especially when I sneeze?

It's been 4 weeks since fractured sternum, is it normal for it to still hurt especially when I sneeze?

Yes, very much so.: The fx takes at least 8-10 weeks to heal completely, in majority of cases. So give it time. When coughing or sneezing, apply pressure on the sternum with your hand (s) or use a cushion/pillow and hug it by placing it on the broken part.
Continue with nsaids.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Constipated and I have this sensation when I bend over or push on my belly behind my sternum, is that normal?

Constipated and I have this sensation when I bend over or push on my belly behind my sternum, is that normal?

What's going on?: Anything new? Change in diet, water, menses, activity, travel, illness, new meds? All can cause constipation. Our colon needs 2 things to work: fiber & water.
If the above things are happening, change back to 'normal' for you, and try gentle laxative like dulcolax. If nothing has changed, increase fiber & water. For short term can try benefiber 2 tbsp 2x/day. No help = see dr. To check! ...Read more