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Stabbing pain in upper region of stomach below sternum. Pain radiates to the left and then to my back. Happens even when i don't eat?

Stabbing pain in upper region of stomach below sternum.  Pain radiates to the left and then to my back.  Happens even when i don't eat?

Stomach pain: Please get your self checked for a gastric (stomach) ulcer. It is usually due to a bacterial infection called h. Pylori and sometimes drug induced (asprin and Motrin like drugs). ...Read more

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I have severe stomach pain below my sternum down both sides when i inhale..What should I do?Hantee

I have severe stomach pain below my sternum down both sides when i inhale..What should I do?Hantee

Doctor can evaluate: Anyone with "severe stomach pain" should be evaluated by her doctor. The emergency room can evaluate severe stomach pain, if the primary care or regular doctor is not able to help right away. ...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?

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 have constant pain in my upper abdomen below sternum feels worse if I stretch or press on it?

I have constant pain in my upper abdomen below sternum feels worse if I stretch or press on it?

Abdominal pain: It sounds like you may have a pulled muscle in that area. Alternatively, you may have a case of gastritis - or inflammation of the stomach lining. Give it a few days to clear, and if it doesn't, go see your doctor. Good luck, and I hope you get to feeling better! ...Read more

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10yr old f. W/severe abdominal pain below sternum at night. No fever, pain is like squeezing hard, antacids dull the pain. Wakes up crying. 3 days?

10yr old f. W/severe abdominal pain below sternum at night. No fever, pain is like squeezing hard, antacids dull the pain. Wakes up crying. 3 days?

Endoscopy: See a G.I. Doctor to get an endoscopy. Could be gastritis, an early ulcer or an esophageal stricture. If any of the above, it is likely caused by an infection with a bacteria called helicobacter pylori and can be treated with antibiotics and acid blocking medications. When laying flat in bed at night, the acid from the stomach can come up into the esophagus causing severe chest pain. ...Read more

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