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Pain Under Breast Bone (Overview)

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 to be ruled out.


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What could cause chest pain under the breast bone?

What could cause chest pain under the breast bone?

Chest pain: Chest pain can be due to an heart attack, esophagitis, acid reflux, musculoskeletal problems, gall bladder disease, pericarditis, pneumonia, pleurisy etc. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

Pain Under Breast Bone (Overview)

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 to be ruled out.


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I have a grey coloured discoloratio on my skin just under my breast bone between my breasts. It is not itchy or red or painful in any way.

I have a grey coloured discoloratio on my skin just under my breast bone between my breasts. It is not itchy or red or painful in any way.

Multiple causes: This may be caused by a number of different issues. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is darkening of the skin that can occur after minor injury such as rubbing or after a minor rash resolves. Seborrheic keratoses are benign grayish to brownish age or wisdom spots that grow in women commonly in this area. See a dermatologist to evaluate the cause of the discoloration in your case. ...Read more

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Managing Bone Spurs (Checklist)

Wear comfortable shoes
Once
Use heel cushions
Once
Ask your podiatrist if you'd benefit from prescription orthotics
Once
Ask your podiatrist about steroid injections
once
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What is the definition or description of: Pain under breast bone?

What is the definition or description of: Pain under breast bone?

Substernal: 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 to be ruled out. ...Read more

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Keep throwing up got right side pain under breast bone and pain in my shoulder blade I don't feel well at all what's going on?

Keep throwing up got right side pain under breast bone and pain in my shoulder blade I don't feel well at all what's going on?

Gallbladder: There a lot of possibilities, including possibly a simple viral gastroenteritis; but gallstones and other problems with the gallbladder can produce similar symptoms and so you should be seen. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch to improve range of motion, strength, and endurance
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Avoid a repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled, and don't miss appointments
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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Do a breast self exam after your period ends
monthly
Check daily in shower after soaping up
daily
Learn the architecture of your breasts by repetition
once
Observe skin around nipples
once
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How do you treat pain under left breast bone?

How do you treat pain under left breast bone?

Pain: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes.
Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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What could cause chest pain under the breast bone?

Chest pain: Chest pain can be due to an heart attack, esophagitis, acid reflux, musculoskeletal problems, gall bladder disease, pericarditis, pneumonia, pleurisy etc. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use your pain medication as directed
once
Avoid fast movements
Once
See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
once
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I have been having chest pain under my breast bone?

I have been having chest pain under my breast bone?

ER: Amy unexplained chest pain near the breast bone should be evaluated at the ER or UC clinic. ...Read more

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Having severe pain under right breast bone. What to take to alleviate this?

Having severe pain under right breast bone. What to take to alleviate this?

Options: First option is tylenol (acetaminophen) and nsaids. Then consider talking to doctor for eval. They can also provide stronger meds as needed after eval. ...Read more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try to determine the cause
Once
If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, frozen peas, etc.
once
See a doctor
Once
Consider seeing a physical therapist
Once
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Get pain under my breast bone on the left side it is sharp that last between s few seconds and a few minutes?

Sharp pains under: The sternum or breast bone can be from many different things, but more importantly they need to go away and not bother you. If they don't, then you need to get some help from a healthcare provider. At your age the most common cause for sharp pains is costochondritis which is an inflammation in the cartilage connecting the ribs to the sternum. No one knows the cause. But you can also have othe ...Read more

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Sharp pain under my breast bone when I breath in. Why?

Sharp pain under my breast bone when I breath in. Why?

Check it out with yo: Your feet need to be examined and xrays need to be taken to determine what is going on with your feet. ...Read more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask an oncologist to refer you to a cancer pain specialist
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Ask a pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
Once
If you have pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
Once
If you have neuropathy, request a trial of ketamine-based topical creams
Once
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What causes chest pain under right breast bone when eating or drinking?

What causes chest pain under right breast bone when eating or drinking?

Esophagus: Chest pain associated with swallowing is most likely coming from esophagus. Occasional pain or discomfort is normal. However if this happens frequently then you need to see a GI specialist. Special x-rays and endoscopy may be needed. ...Read more

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Can heartburn cause chest pain also under breast bone too?

Chest: 1-esophagus and heart are on same sympathetic circuit. Angina or heart burn can be same discomfort, 2-chest wall where cartilage rib attaches to breast bone and rib can be inflamed. Pain can be reproduced by compression. 3. Consult physician for clarification. ...Read more

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Living with Ongoing Pain (Checklist)

Go to a physician who is trained to treat chronic pain
Once
Continue to look for more therapies that might be right for you
Once
Make sure to keep moving, as pain will only get worse
Once
Consider counseling for coping strategies
Once
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Belching;farting;heartburn& pain under left breast bone around the back. What is the best treatment for this?

Belching;farting;heartburn& pain under left breast bone around the back. What is the best treatment for this?

Treatment: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes.
Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed.
...Read more

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I have been told I am anemic (hgb 10)and am on iron. I have a burning pain under my breast bone above my belly button. Could the iron be causing this?

I have been told I am anemic (hgb 10)and am on iron. I have a burning pain under my breast bone above my belly button. Could the iron be causing this?

Very unlikely: You need to see your provider to evaluate this (new?) pain symptom. It will be very unlikely to be related in any way to either the anemia or the iron supplement. But do find out and ask about the possible effects of any treatment. It will improve your response and relieve your worries. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Lose weight
Daily
Reduce stress by moving gracefully with tai chi, yoga, or dance
Once
Increase flexibility with gentle exercises and/or physical therapy
Once
Gradually increase muscle tone and strength to support your back
Daily
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I have a pain under my left breast bone. What does that mean or what could that be?

Assume difficult: Pain in that area is cardiac until proven otherwise. If not its musculoskeletal. Check your bra tightness, take 2 alave 2 x per day if u can. If you have pain with exertion, shortness of breath think cardiac, if not its your muscles in your rib cage most likely. ...Read more

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Managing Chronic Pelvic Pain (Checklist)

See your doctor for an evaluation
once
Have a pelvic exam
once
Have an ultrasound
once
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I have pain just under my breast bone that moves up into either side of my neck. What is it?

Pain in the: Chest can come from many causes. If you press on certain parts of your chest or move in a certain manner or position, and it hurts worse it's mostly likely related to a muscle or bone or cartilage. That is the least worrisome type of pain. If it only comes when you are under physical stress (like climbing stairs or running), or you get short of breath then see a healthcare provider ASAP. ...Read more

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I had a displaced rib a few months ago on a lower rib and have similar pain under my right breast bone. I was told this only happens on floating ribs?

I had a displaced rib a few months ago on a lower rib and have similar pain under my right breast bone. I was told this only happens on floating ribs?

Depends: Trauma can displace any rib with a fracture and/or dislocation of the bony and cartilaginous parts of the rib cage. Might need a chest X-ray and/or ct scan for a diagnosis if symptoms and exam warrant it. Hope this helps! ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more