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Usually Musculoskele: Sternal pain is usually musculoskeletal. If you are concerned with "chest pain", call 911 immediately. Ms CP is usually due to inflammation of the cartilage attaching the ribs to the sternum. This itreated with posture, heat or ice, anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofen and rest. If continued, see your pcp for further evaluaiton and treatment. ...Read more
Yes: Any rubbing, stretching, or trauma to the rib region can injure these muscles. ...Read more
Under the breastbone: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more
Pinching, pinpoint sternal chest pain. Localized and pain level fluctuates between a 6 and 9 on pain scale. Has lasted a month?
Breastbone: It means the breastbone (sternum) is shaped a little differently. ...Read more
If sternal debridement is performed on the sternum do they have to leave it open and do you have to wear a wound vac?
Many options: If the sternum was debrided due to infection, then yes, it has to be left open to heal from the bottom up. Using suction therapy (vac is just one brand) is an excellent way to help large/deep open wounds heal but the infection must be treated first by removing the infected, non-healing tissue and then antibiotics directed specifically at the bacteria that caused the problems. Wound consult helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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