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For the past week I noticed a moderate pain and sensation of pressure just below my sternum, accompanied by strong hunger pangs. Suggestions?

For the past week I noticed a moderate pain and sensation of pressure just below my sternum, accompanied by strong hunger pangs. Suggestions?

Check on chest pain: Chest pain is nothing to ignore! The potential origin of your symptoms includes: heart, lungs, mediastinum, esophagus, musculoskeletal, pericardium (sac around the heart), pleuritis, bronchiitis, or referred pain from a remote site. Your doctor will be concerned about accompanying fever, blood with coughing, vomiting, shortness or breath, difficulty reclining, tenderness. May just be GERD, but... ...Read more

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In my sternum, I have what seems to be something exerting pressure on the bottom. It leaves an annoying feeling that causes me discomfort. What is it?

In my sternum, I have what seems to be something exerting pressure on the bottom. It leaves an annoying feeling that causes me discomfort. What is it?

Chostochondritis?: Irritation or inflammation of the cartilage connecting the sternum and ribs is called chostochondritis. It can be traumatic (most common) or idiopathic (no known cause). The xiphoid process is a bone hooked to the bottom of your sternum. It could also be irritated in that area. ...Read more

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I have duodenitis which hasn't been an issue lately, however, for the past 3 months I have pressure pain right below the sternum. What can cause?

I have duodenitis which hasn't been an issue lately, however, for the past 3 months I have pressure pain right below the sternum. What can cause?

Could be different: It could be pain from the heart. It is best not to assume that it is from your duodenitis. Please see your doctor about it. ...Read more

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What would cause occasi pressure feeling, like a knot or ball of food just below my sternum area? Blood pressure also fluctuate from 92/24 to 120/84.

What would cause occasi pressure feeling, like a knot or ball of food just below my sternum area? Blood pressure also fluctuate from 92/24 to 120/84.

Chest discomfort: You are diabetic which puts you at high cardiac risk. You should be evaluated for premature CAD. If negative then consider other causes such as GI. ...Read more

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I have burning/ pressure beneath sternum. Pain level 2 No other symptoms. 38 female.?

I have burning/ pressure beneath sternum. Pain level 2 No other symptoms. 38 female.?

Varies: There are a number of possibilities and I would not hesitate to be seen for am accurate diagnosis. Among the more common conditions is reflux disease, in which stomach acid can reflux into the lower esophagus and cause symptoms similar to what you are describing. ...Read more

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I have pressure pain right over my sternum. It hurts when I squeeze my shoulders together, or breathe deeply. Five days now... No sickness?

I have pressure pain right over my sternum. It hurts when I squeeze my shoulders together, or breathe deeply. Five days now... No sickness?

Costochondritis: It is most probably costochondritid which is inflammation of thd cartilage where ribs connect to sternum and that can cause pain when you press sternum and move your shoulders and on deep breathing. You should consult your doctor to confirm if this is what is causing your symptoms and if so you will need some anti inflammatory meds to treat the inflammation. ...Read more

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What would be the cause of pain when pressure is applied to the lower and upper back, the ribs, the sternum and neck?

Hard to say: Sometimes problems with your skin/herpes can cause pain. Other causes like muscular, ribs, can be painful to touch. If pain is around the sternum and radiates to the back costochondritis would be a concern. If this pain is only reproduced by pressure it is more likely musculoskeletal. However with all chest pressures its best addressed in person. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Chest pain in sternum, lump is painful when I put pressure on it. Sharp pains that comes and goes every hour or so. Tried lots of things but no help?

Chest pain in sternum, lump is painful when I put pressure on it. Sharp pains that comes and goes every hour or so. Tried lots of things but no help?

It sounds like you: Have some kind of a chest wall problem. You need to see a health care provider for an evaluation. This does not sound like a cardiac or pulmonary issue. ...Read more

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Pain just to the left of sternum (pressure, tight, heavy). Difficulty taking deep breaths. Started while driving; no strenuous activity. Ongoing 6 hrs?

Pain just to the left of sternum (pressure, tight, heavy). Difficulty taking deep breaths. Started while driving; no strenuous activity. Ongoing 6 hrs?

More info?: There are many things that can give you pain like that: Pulled muscle, reflux, ulcer, Pneumonia?, gallbladder? Or even heart issues. If it hasn't gone away for 6 hours you should get it looked at by an MD ...Read more

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I have a recurrent feeling of pressure on my sternum x several days. No chest pain. No shortness of breath really, just a heavy feeling in chest.

I have a recurrent feeling of pressure on my sternum x several days. No chest pain. No shortness of breath really, just a heavy feeling in chest.

See ur doc: Chest pressure in a 30 year old woman is very unlikely to be heart related, BUT, knowing nothing more about you, you should see Ur doc to evaluate this problem. ...Read more

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What is causing sharp pain in sternum? Feels like lots of pressure, hard to breathe. Walking a ton more the last week. Just got Depo-Provera shot. Serious?

What is causing sharp pain in sternum? Feels like lots of pressure, hard to breathe. Walking a ton more the last week. Just got Depo-Provera shot. Serious?

Call 911: There are many possible causes for a chest pains like lung problems, muscle pain and gastrointestinal problems. Regardless, chest pain with lots of pressure, hard to breathe is always a red flag and visit to ER is warranted. Call 911 ...Read more

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Dear doctor, I'm a 22 year old, female, university student. I have been having really bad pain mainly at the sternum area for the past 5 months. It started of with pain upon pressure, and now I can feel it when I breath or make any movements. The pain h

Dear doctor, I'm a 22 year old, female, university student. I have been having really bad pain mainly at the sternum area for the past 5 months. It started of with pain upon pressure, and now I can feel it when I breath or make any movements. The pain h

Pain for that: Length of time needs to be checked out by your doctor. Please see him/her ASAP and get help. Anxiety can cause this but it is important that medical conditions are ruled out first. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Sensation of something stuck, pressure, in ear, throat, and just up and over from sternum, all right side. Similar back ache, same side.?

Sensation of something stuck, pressure, in ear, throat, and just up and over from sternum, all right side. Similar back ache, same side.?

Otolaryngologist: If this symptom persists a thorough examination by an otolaryngologist should be done. The throat, ear, and neck will be completely evaluated for inflammation, cysts, enlarged lymph nodes or other growths. ...Read more

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While running I experienced a sharp pain in my sternum. It hurts more when ever I apply pressure to it or poke it. What is this?

While running I experienced a sharp pain in my sternum. It hurts more when ever I apply pressure to it or poke it. What is this?

Costochondritis: Sharp pain in the sternal area (breastbone) during activity or after activity is almost always costochondritis (inflammation around bone-cartilage interface) and it is often difficult to treat going away by itself after several days to weeks. At 22 years old, the risk of this being coronary heart disease is very very low. Most would recommend a doctor visit to fully check out the heart. ...Read more

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Feel pressure under my sternum. It comes and go down my stomach and a little to my chest too...it stops and comes back. What could it mean?

Feel pressure under my sternum. It comes and go down my stomach and a little to my chest too...it stops and comes back. What could it mean?

Many things: These symptoms can be from simply swallowing air and having it build, reflux, hiatal hernia and more. Its best to discuss this with your doctor and have a work up. Likely they will want to get an ekg, chest x ray and a go work up. Make sure you note every symptom when it comes and goes is it related to eating etc ...Read more

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I have pain right under my sternum especially when pushed very lightly and bad pain on left back where the ribs are and pressure on my lungs?

I have pain right under my sternum especially when pushed very lightly and bad pain on left back where the ribs are and pressure on my lungs?

Nondiagnostic: These symptoms require an evaluation by a physician as they may involve the stomach or pancreas or lung,
The physician would have to examine you and order appropriate tests in order to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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On/off pressure n pain in sternum area for about 2 days. Worse when lying down n pressing it. Is it due to straining muscles from a few days before?

On/off pressure n pain in sternum area for about 2 days. Worse when lying down n pressing it. Is it due to straining muscles from a few days before?

Very possibly: The things which exacerbate or trigger your pain, such as pressing on it, favor a musculoskeletal (joint/tendon/muscle/bone) cause. Also, given your age more serious heart/lung causes of pain would be less likely. Often one can't recall a specific activity causing the strain, but when you can, that helps support the diagnosis. Rest, use ice if you want, take anti-inflammatories. Better in few days ...Read more