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Burping a lot, upper sternum pain, shoulders, elbows, ribs can hurt. One time drank water painful going down felt constricted in esophagus. Very sore.

Burping a lot, upper sternum pain, shoulders, elbows, ribs can hurt. One time drank water painful going down felt constricted in esophagus. Very sore.

That esophagus: of yours needs an EXAMINATION by a Gastroenterologist who uses endoscopy (safe and PAINLESS) to take a good look! Find out what it is! ASAP! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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I've have upper back & sternum pain for 3 year & doctors say costochondritis. Is it possible for it too last this long or could it be more severe?

I've have upper back & sternum pain for 3 year &  doctors say costochondritis. Is it possible for it too last this long or could it be more severe?

Costochondritis: This is an inflammation of a joint between the breast bone and a rib causing pain and tenderness. If the nerve running between 2 ribs is also pinched, sharp shooting pains could radiate around to the side and back of the rib cage. Antiinflammatories (by mouth) and corticosteroids(injected into the inflamed joint) may relieve the chronic pain and tenderness. Consult a rheumatologist orchest surgeon ...Read more

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Intermittent left side pain for 8 months. Neck, shoulder, shoulder tip, shoulder blade, arm, elbow, hand, fingers.Occasional upper chest, sternum pain. Help?

Cervicalgia: I would recommend a through evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon. Evaluation and radiographic studies will be needed to elucidate the source of your pain. ...Read more

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Is a knot on the upper sternum normal?

Not necessarily: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more

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I am 24 yrs old a smoker and every time i pop my back my upper sternum pops. It just started in the last couple of weeks. What could it be?

I am 24 yrs old a smoker and every time i pop my back my upper sternum pops. It just started in the last couple of weeks. What could it be?

Cracking your joints: There are joints all along your sternum where each of your ribs meets it. Also your sternum is made of of 3 parts and there are joints between those. Each of these joints can crack like your knuckles when you stretch them. The more you do it, the more they'll crack. ...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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Sharp, severe upper sternum & popping. Waxes & wanes worse moving breathing leaning forward only hurts to touch when at it's worst not always tender?

Sharp, severe upper sternum & popping. Waxes & wanes worse moving breathing leaning forward only hurts to touch when at it's worst not always tender?

costochondritis: Sounds like you have a case of costochondritis. This can cause severe pain along the sides of the sternum where the ribs attach. It's an inflammatory process and will benefit from anti-inflammatory meds as well as rest. Stop working out for a while and allow your body to heal. ...Read more

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No fever, no pain when deep breathing, just a left chest pain that starts from below the breast to center of sternum to upper chest, pain when press on?

No fever, no pain when deep breathing, just a left chest pain that starts from below the breast to center of sternum to upper chest, pain when press on?

Possi costocondritis: Since you have tender chest wall, it sounds like costo chondritis. This is benign and will disappear with time. If not gone in 2 months , see your pcp. ...Read more