Dull ache underneath sternum

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    May 22, 2009 12:35 PM GMT
    I've had this for the past week and it's been preventing me from sleeping well the past week. It feels like ive overworked a muscle, but the ache comes from underneath the sternum. It's not getting worse, it's just bothering me.

    Any ideas as to what it is?
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    May 22, 2009 2:27 PM GMT
    It is critical for anyone who experiences chest pain to seek immediate medical attention to determine the cause and receive prompt, appropriate treatment.

    You live in the UK so it would not cost you and arm and a leg to get checked by a physician. In the USA, medical attention can be very costly if you don't have insurance.
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    May 22, 2009 2:31 PM GMT
    Ulcer?
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    May 22, 2009 3:03 PM GMT
    doctors make most decisions based on diagnostic tests-it would be prudent for you to see a MD. At least you can rule out some simple versus something serious.
    as for it not getting worse-consider that a blessing or not.

    do you get relief when put ice on it? or when you take a tylenol? or you having any respiratory problems, difficulty with stomach acid (esophageal varices ulcer) any blood in stool?

    perhaps resting a barbell on the sternum?, got whacked in the sternal area?

    the proverbial needle in the haystack.

    best to you and keep us up to speed if you want

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    May 22, 2009 3:22 PM GMT
    The sternum connects to all the ribs, and each connection is a joint. I have had pain that could be relieved by pushing gently on and around the sternum until I felt and heard a pop. (Don't push on the sharp protrusion at the bottom of the sternum. Ya don't want it to break off and puncture anything vital, like your lungs. Coughing up blood is a bad sign.)
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    May 22, 2009 4:48 PM GMT
    Cynders.. it could easily be muscular, and pass, but go to the GP. They will be able to poke you and ask questions to exclude any nasties and then be totally clueless about it if it really is muscular. You might get referred to a physio if you are lucky and really push that you work out and think it might be muscular (presuming they exclude other possibilities). Make sure you emphasize that you can´t sleep and it´s a real issue rather than a mild twinge. If they exclude other stuff, it might even be worth asking about a physio. In general GPs know nothing about how do deal with muscular skeletal problems. The down side is that you may have to wait for the physio.. depends on the area and the demand at the time.

    And be glad that you don´t live in a primitive country with no national health service.

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    May 22, 2009 5:02 PM GMT
    Sounds like your heart's broken. Who broke it? Tell me so that I can hunt him down and kick his ass!
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    May 22, 2009 5:50 PM GMT
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    May 22, 2009 9:44 PM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite saidalien in stomach Pictures, Images and Photos

    If this is the case, you can rest assured that you will eventually receive relief from your aching.
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    May 22, 2009 9:48 PM GMT
    See, I'm an eternal optimist.
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    May 22, 2009 10:09 PM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite saidSee, I'm an eternal optimist.

    Meaning it should be R.I.P.E. (rest in peace eternally)? That's some down-to-earth optimism.
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    May 22, 2009 10:35 PM GMT
    The bleeding always stops.
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    May 23, 2009 12:13 AM GMT
    CyndaQwil saidI've had this for the past week and it's been preventing me from sleeping well the past week. It feels like ive overworked a muscle, but the ache comes from underneath the sternum. It's not getting worse, it's just bothering me.

    Any ideas as to what it is?




    CyndaQwil -
    Check out this link to information about "costochondritis".
    http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/sprainsstrains/a/costochondritis.htm

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    May 23, 2009 5:51 PM GMT
    It could be something as little as a pull but it's always best to know forsure when you're dealing with any chest pains that's been going on for a bit.
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    May 23, 2009 5:55 PM GMT
    I once had this:

    http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/costochondritis

    Caused, I think, from working out. "Costochondritis." Doctor just had me take anti-inflamatory pills (ibuprofen) for a few weeks. Healed fine. Maybe that's what you got.

    If not: my money's on the alien.
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    May 27, 2009 8:31 AM GMT
    I was hoping on the alien but alas I've found out it was a chest infection. I've never had one before, but it's clearing up now. I can sleep again!