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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)

Chest pain at the breastbone (the sternum) is a common complaint. Many of the ribs attach to the breast bone, and if these attachments are irritated for any reason (as during growth in puberty or after excessive sports activities), a ...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. ?

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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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 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