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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

Dr. Sheila Smith
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Stomach Pain (Definition)

Most people will describe pain in any part of abdomen as stomach pain, it is what many patients say but in medical terms it is pain in the stomach which is located in middle of upper abdomen, so real stomach pain is the pain ...Read more


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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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How serious could it be? Should i see a doctor soon? I been having episodes onan of for a year increasing since christmas. Some episodes just sharp 25 min pain behind the sternum others stomach pain, bloating, gas diareha, vomiting. Yeasterday evening i

How serious could it be? Should i see a doctor soon? I been having episodes onan of for a year increasing since christmas.  Some episodes just sharp 25 min pain behind the sternum others stomach pain, bloating, gas diareha, vomiting.
Yeasterday evening i

Pain : Pain in this area is very tricky since there are many organ systems in the epigastric area (above the belly button) of the abdomen. - stomach - problems such as gastroesophageal reflux, gastritis, and stomach ulcers can cause pain in these areas - usually worse with eating and worse while laying down - pancreas - pancreatitis, pancreatic stones/blockages can cause epigastric pain, sometimes radiating to the back - liver/gallbladder - hepatitis, gall stones or gall bladder disease can cause pain in the right upper quadrant or epigastric area - intestinal - duodenal ulcers, diverticulitis, infections, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel disease and constipation can cause pain there because the colon loops up into that area - kidney - kidney stones or infections can cause pain in the right or left upper quadrant, though many people feel it in their backs. - gyne (if you're female) - ovarian pain from a cyst or even an infection from a sexually transmitted disease can cause pain in the right or left upper quadrant and back. And all those are just a few of the things that could be going on. So, your best option is to be seen by a doctor and examined to determine the cause of your pain. Reasons to go to the er are: - high fever - bloody stool - bright green or bloody vomit - severe or worsening pain - difficulty breathing. ...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?

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 stomach pain below the breastbone and radiates to the back, only at night or early in the morning. Wakes me up. What is causing this?

I have stomach pain below the breastbone and radiates to the back, only at night or early in the morning. Wakes me up. What is causing this?

Peptic Ulcer: Likelihood of Peptic Ulcer(ulcers in Stomach or Duodenum), Pancreatitis or Gallbladder disease. You need Ultrasound of abdomen. Stools for hidden blood, pancreatic enzymes and possibly an endoscopy. If I had to bet I would bet on Ulcers. ...Read more

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Dull stomach ache at base of sternum, lots of belching. What is it?

Dull stomach ache at base of sternum, lots of belching. What is it?

Common is common: This combination is quite frequently indicative of gallbladder disease, especially if the symptoms occur or worsen with fatty and greasy foods. Peptic ulcer disease, gastritis, or gastric emptying problems are also possibilities. Speak to your doctor, and be prepared to detail your symptoms and associated activities. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dull stomach ache at base of sternum, beltching, comes and goes. Pain is not severe. Normal appetite. What is it?

Dull stomach ache at base of sternum, beltching, comes and goes. Pain is not severe. Normal appetite. What is it?

??Gastritis: At age 25, possibly gastritis from certain foods or meds. But it may be other things as well, gallbladder disease, pancreatitis. Watch diet , take some prevacid, (lansoprazole) if not better or worse need sonogram, and of course must see your doctor. ...Read more

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She has uncomfortable bloating/ stomach pains at right of sternum, Nauseous too. Hurts to take a breath. Bowel movement this morning.

Stomach pain: Could be gallbladder or gastritis with or without H pylori. rarely difficulty taking a breath is a clot but it is not associated with bloating just short of breathe so less concern Young people get gallbaldder issues Would follow up with doc/ER today ...Read more

Dr. William Harris
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Stomach Discomfort (Definition)

Stomach discomfort or pain can be due to problems in digestion or irritation to the stomach. Some people use the term to describe discomfort ...Read more


Dr. John Feola
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Gastrointestinal Pain (Definition)

Gastrointestinal pain is a clinical finding in which there is chest or abdominal pain due to issues in the ...Read more