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Having chest/sternum discomfort (similar to when you cough hard) & feel like I can’t get a full breath. Only occurs first thing in AM and after I eat.

Having chest/sternum discomfort (similar to when you cough hard) & feel like I can’t get a full breath. Only occurs first thing in AM and after I eat.

Reduce amount: You may try reducing the amount you eat in the morning.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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Symptoms-lower throat and sternum discomfort. Mucous in lower throat and chest feeling. Current gerd, sinusitis and IBS sufferer. This is new symptoms?

Symptoms-lower throat and sternum discomfort. Mucous in lower throat and chest feeling. Current gerd, sinusitis and IBS sufferer. This is new symptoms?

Bronchitis?: Well, it's hard to tell with this vague description but per your history I would think you are having an acute bronchitis 2/2 smoking or just complications of GERD.
Stop smoking, get your GERD under control. See your provider. ...Read more

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Full too easily, bloated feeling on left side under ribs an sternum. Pain and discomfort in certain positions. On iron sup. Loose stool. Causes?

Full too easily, bloated feeling on left side under ribs an sternum. Pain and discomfort in certain positions. On iron sup. Loose stool. Causes?

Multiple things: The spleen is under the ribs on the left. If it is enlarged which can be from mononucleosis, different blood and liver problems it may feel bloated. The stomach is near there and can cause symptoms, especially if there is a hiatal hernia. The ribs can become inflamed and hurt. The large bowel can kink with gas (splenic flexure syndrome) I am concerned about the iron- why? Ask about hemochromatosis. ...Read more

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I have been feeling nauseated have loose stools and discomfort under sternum what could be causing this been going on for a few weeks now?

I have been feeling nauseated have loose stools and discomfort under sternum what could be causing this been going on for a few weeks now?

Go to your doctor: Your doctor needs to evaluate you thoroughly to see what's going on before he/she can offer you suggestions. ...Read more

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Spitting small amount red blood in morning 2months. LDCT clear -2 PFNS found. I have chest discomfort near sternum alot. Should I have bronchoscopy?

Spitting small amount red blood in morning 2months. LDCT clear -2 PFNS found. I have chest discomfort near sternum alot. Should I have bronchoscopy?

Hemoptysis: Hi LucasU702, hemoptysis is never normal or okay. A bronchoscopy may well be indicated. I would be concerned about a number of things from infectious to invasive. Without your travel history or living situation, considering your age TB, paragonamyacis, fungal, and bacterial infections would be high on the list. Wear a mask and see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Dizzy everyday all day short of breath discomfort in sternum tummy noises constant purping and wind feeling very ill an now in recluse help plz?

Dizzy everyday all day short of breath discomfort in sternum tummy noises constant purping and wind feeling very ill an now in recluse help plz?

Diagnosis?: The cornerstone of therapy is an accurate diagnosis. You're sadly in want of one. If you want to feel better, please consider being evaluated. ...Read more

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L. Arm pain between shoulder/elbow, weak in pinky/ring fingers. Constant light Discomfort in sternum and lower ribs. X-ray, Blood, Usound, ekg=normal?

L. Arm pain between shoulder/elbow, weak in pinky/ring fingers. Constant light Discomfort in sternum and lower ribs. X-ray, Blood, Usound, ekg=normal?

Cubital Tunnel: Syndrome. This is entrapment of the ulnar nerve at the elbow. Please check this link.
http://orthoinfo. Aaos. Org/topic. Cfm? Topic=a00069 ...Read more

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On/off pain on right side of sternum. A week ago I vomited a lot. I've had the discomfort since. Had bell's on the same side very recent.?

On/off pain on right side of sternum. A week ago I vomited a lot. I've had the discomfort since. Had bell's on the same side very recent.?

Consider being seen: If your still having pain a week after a lot of vomiting, I may worry about an esophageal tear. It's not common, but does happen. It is common to have pain in the upper abdomen and lower chest with or shortly after retching, but it shouldn't last a week. The Bells is probably unrelated. ...Read more

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Hi, I've been having aches and small discomfort on the top of my sternum, sometimes it feels l have to stretch to make the pain go away. Georgina?

Hi, I've been having aches and small discomfort on the top of my sternum, sometimes it feels l have to stretch to make the pain go away. Georgina?

Sounds rather benign: But if you develop any associated symptoms, like sharp pain or Shortness of breath, then You must be seen in an ER.
Aches and discomfort are rather common and we all have almost daily, and keeping muscles strong and doing stretching exercises is certainly helpful in keeping these minor aches and pains away.
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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 discomfort in the center of my back and below my sternum while swallowing. What could it be?

I have discomfort in the center of my back and below my sternum while swallowing. What could it be?

Esophagus: Most common cause is gastroesophageal reflux sometimes associated with esophagitis.Sometimes pain mimics heart attack. Abnormal relaxation of the muscle at junction of esophagus and stomach allows reflux. Symptoms can readily be treated with medications, but should see physician to rule out other etiologies of pain. ...Read more

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Nippingpain below sternum/left upper stomachfew mins daily 8 months with 3 monthbreak. Vague discomfort & bloating. 40mgOmeprazole for 8w not working?

Nippingpain below sternum/left upper stomachfew mins daily 8 months with 3 monthbreak. Vague discomfort & bloating. 40mgOmeprazole for 8w not working?

Gastric discomfort: It could be recurrent gas build up in the stomach which is not helped by omeprazole type medications. Try avoiding lactose and start taking simethicone after meals to prevent gas buildup. If symptoms persist consult a gastroenterologist for evaluation and advice. ...Read more

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I have had moderate discomfort in my lower ribs and sternum, persistent lasting now about 8 hours with some uneasy feelings in my stomach.

I have had moderate discomfort in my lower ribs and sternum, persistent lasting now about 8 hours with some uneasy feelings in my stomach.

Gastritis: Probably you have gastritis, limit amount of coffee and alcohol you consume. May try a prevacid (lansoprazole) over the counter
30 mg pills once daily, give it a trial of 14 days if no relief seen a doctor. In am mean time do you have any weight loss? Are uyou symptoms related to food intake? ...Read more

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Hello, I have a constant feeling of bloating and some discomfort behind the lower sternum. I drink a lot of water throughout the day. Also coffee.?

Hello, I have a constant feeling of bloating and some discomfort behind the lower sternum. I drink a lot of water throughout the day. Also coffee.?

Coffee?: If you drink lots of coffee without eating regular meals that may irritate your stomach. Cut down on the coffee and make sure you eat regular meals. If symptoms persist let your doc know. ...Read more

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What could be causing constant discomfort in my upper abdomen just below my sternum? The mild pain is felt in my upper back as well.

Couple of things: This symptom could be related to esophagitis/gastritis/ulcer (is it worse after eating/swallowing or not?), or possibly pancreatitis (is it relieved by slouching forward, or made worse by drinking alcohol?). If it persists, you should consult dr and get upper GI and/or lab work for pancreatitis. ...Read more

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I've been having discomfort, shortness of breath, dry cough in upper sternum area. It is getting worse over time it feels like something stuck?

I've been having discomfort, shortness of breath, dry cough in upper sternum area. It is getting worse over time it feels like something stuck?

Shortness of Breath: Shortness of breath can be dangerous so call your pcp to be sure it is not a sign of something more serious. If just due to bronchitis or a smoker's cough, using a warm humidifier to break up secretions in the bronchi can help. A chest x-ray otherwise may be needed. ...Read more

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My sternum cracks when pushing down. My back also cracks when pushing down on sternum. General rib bone soreness and discomfort. Any ideas? Thanks.

My sternum cracks when pushing down. My back also cracks when pushing down on sternum. General rib bone soreness and discomfort. Any ideas? Thanks.

Hmmm hypermobility?: Of your sternum. It might be normal to have some crepitus. Rib soreness can be from costochondritis. You are young. It is unlikely to be infection or tumor. However if the symptoms persist - see your doctor.

You can take anti inflammatory agents like Aspirin and motrin. ...Read more

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Squeezing chest discomfort stays in sternum but radiates to left & right side of chest Cause? HTN PCOS

Squeezing chest discomfort stays in sternum but radiates to left & right side of chest Cause? HTN PCOS

If you have: These symptoms you should be evaluated by a medical professional immediately. At your age, it's probably benign, but could be any of multiple serious medical conditions, ...Read more

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Discomfort in stomach below sternum & sometimes radiate to mid back. Queasy, no appetite. Started 2 days after over eating. Feeling out of it.

Discomfort in stomach below sternum & sometimes radiate to mid back. Queasy, no appetite. Started 2 days after over eating. Feeling out of it.

Be seen: There are many possibilities, from a viral gastroenteritis, to an ulcer, to a problem with your gall bladder, among many other possibilities. I would not hesitate to be seen and evaluated for it. ...Read more

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Nagging dull chest discomfort. Mostly center sternum, but not always. Heart pounds hard for few beats. No sign of Trouble in labs or xray, any ideas?

Nagging dull chest discomfort. Mostly center sternum, but not always. Heart pounds hard for few beats. No sign of Trouble in labs or xray, any ideas?

Consider indigestion: If you are overweight and eating acidic foods late at night, the discomfort may simply be "reflux" Coffee, wine, tomato sauce... all increase "acid indigestion", the older term for "reflux". ...Read more

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I feel a pressure or discomfort on my sternum that goes up to my throat. It gets more intense the deeper I breathe in. I have no pain swallowing.

Sternal Pressure: Without further information, including your age, diet, previous medical history, meds you are taking, etc., it is difficult to pinpoint the problem. Your symptoms could point to an upper GI issue, anxiety, or even a cardio-pulmonary problem. I suggest making an appointment with a gastroenterologist to undergo a thorough evaluation and appropriate studies to identify the underlying cause. ...Read more

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I am experiencing chest pain or discomfort when I breathe deep. I also have severe feelings of indigestion. This started after painful vomiting twice. Sternum feels heavy and almost as if air is trapped. Right pectoral is now twitching rapidly.

I am experiencing chest pain or discomfort when I breathe deep. I also have severe feelings of indigestion. This started after painful vomiting twice. Sternum feels heavy and almost as if air is trapped. Right pectoral is now twitching rapidly.

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. Alternatively, you could watch and wait. It is likely that the symptoms will subside in a few days. If you still have these symptoms, ten days from now, you should see a doctor.
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