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What are some reasons for sternal pain?

What are some reasons for sternal pain?

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

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Breastbone Pain (Definition)

The "breast bone" is known as the sternum. Pain in that area can be from local causes, but can also be a sign of cardiac or pulmonary disease and as such pain in that area should be ...Read more


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I've got retro sternal pain since 6mnths.X ray& ECG reveals normal what could b the reason ? I was suffreing from vit D3 deficiency also....

I've got retro sternal pain since 6mnths.X ray& ECG reveals normal what could b the reason ? I was suffreing from vit D3 deficiency also....

Several things: Could be related to esophagus - acid reflux common. Reflux more likely with smoking, sodas, lying down right after eating, pregnancy) , you might notice acid or metal taste in mouth in am when you awaken. If pain goes to back, this could be your aorta (needs quick check up - risk higher with high BP and atherosclerosis - usually older people). ...Read more

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2wk s/p MVC, CXR in ED neg, now w/worsening sternal pain, worse when bending or laying down, no SOB only pain w/deep breath, should I be concerned?

2wk s/p MVC, CXR in ED neg, now w/worsening sternal pain, worse when bending or laying down, no SOB only pain w/deep breath, should I be concerned?

U may have injured. : ..either the xyfoid or even have a small compression fracture of the sternum or injured the articular cartilages at the level of the attachments 2 the sternum. These will not show up on x-rays. A CT can show a fracture, but usually there is no treatment, especially if a 1 cortex compression. Same with the sprained attachments @ the sternum. Ice NSAIDS, rest activity modification & tincture of time ...Read more

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My 8 year old daughter did a somersault and stopped quickly so she wouldn't hit the coffe table. Immediately she complained of mid-sternal pain. ?

My 8 year old daughter did a somersault and stopped quickly so she wouldn't hit the coffe table.  Immediately she complained of mid-sternal pain. ?

Sprain: She must have sprained that area & now has pain. Look for any signs of trauma, redness or swelling. You can give her pain reliever , ice the area & see your Pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can gerd/pud cause rib and sternal pain? Especially upon deep breathing? Also with a high tbili could the pain be gallbladder related?

Can gerd/pud cause rib and sternal pain? Especially upon deep breathing? Also with a high tbili could the pain be gallbladder related?

Gallbladder: This would be very unusual for GERD to cause these types of symptoms, and it sounds like it would be more likely related to the gallbladder, if the gallbladder is diseased. There are many causes of a high bilirubin. Make sure to follow up with your doctor, and ask if a gallbladder ultrasound and/or referral to a general surgeon is appropriate. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Brown staining on teeth,frequent burps,2wks bak mid sternal pain,throats pain post nasal drip,can this be acid reflux?wat tests?doc gav antiallergy

Brown staining on teeth,frequent burps,2wks bak mid sternal pain,throats pain post nasal drip,can this be acid reflux?wat tests?doc gav antiallergy

2 evaluations: Brown staining on teeth may be more than just stains. See a Dentist, preferably a Pediatric Dentist (Pedodontist). Throat and chest pain of concern. Evaluation by a Gastroenterologist is very much in order. ...Read more

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Could a sternal rub potentially cause costochondritis?

Could a sternal rub potentially cause costochondritis?

Yes: Any rubbing, stretching, or trauma to the rib region can injure these muscles. ...Read more

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What would be the cause of mid lower sternal discomfort with a slight radiation to the right?

What would be the cause of mid lower sternal discomfort with a slight radiation to the right?

High Acid: High gastric acid is on the top list as i could see you are taking sulindac. Please try Prilosec otc and if this does not get better , then you want to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Pinching, pinpoint sternal chest pain. Localized and pain level fluctuates between a 6 and 9 on pain scale. Has lasted a month?

Pinching, pinpoint sternal chest pain. Localized and pain level fluctuates between a 6 and 9 on pain scale. Has lasted a month?

Arthritis: You may have an inflamed joint where your rib bone connects to the sternum ( breast bone ). However, any type of chest pain should be evaluated by your physician, to make sure it isn't your heart. ...Read more

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What are causes for sternum to hurt... or the sternal angle?

  What are causes for sternum to hurt... or the sternal angle?

Heartburn: hyperacidity can cause pain in the upper stomach opening causing pain under the sternum ,other several reasons like stress and such are common too. ...Read more

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I was wondering are sternal lymph nodes located under the ribs?

I was wondering are sternal lymph nodes located under the ribs?

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

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What can cause a palpable pulse in the supra sternal notch of an 18 year old?

What can cause a palpable pulse in the supra sternal notch of an 18 year old?

Blood vessel: Could be a high riding subclavian artery or possiblly a vascular malformation or aneurysm. Best to see your physician for an exam. ...Read more

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Only when lying on left side i notice a pulsation between Sternal Head and between Jugular Notch on the right side only Normal Venous Pulsation?

 Only when lying  on  left side i notice a pulsation  between Sternal Head and between Jugular Notch on the right side only 
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Venous pulse: Need to know what you mean by notice? Do you feel it or hear it or see it. And not clear if you see a normal venous pulsation or are asking if this is normal? ...Read more

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A 60 year old man has discomfort/pain when swallowing in the sternal notch area. It started abowut 1 month ago. Could you please give me the possible ?

A 60 year old man has discomfort/pain when swallowing in the sternal notch area. It started abowut 1 month ago. Could you please give me the possible ?

Swallow difficulty: May be GERD w/ or without h pylori, , or infeciton in esophagus like candida or stricture can be evaluated with EGD where they look down esophagus w/ scope. May also be achalasia -spasm/ irregular perastalsis ( the movement that pushes food along) rarely stroke, mass lesion. Get CT chest, thyroid ultrasound F/u/ w/ doc and gastroenterologist ...Read more