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Pain below breast bone. Do I have joint pain due to arthritis?

I am a 39 year old male, i have been having pain just below my left breast bone for a few months now, sometimes sudden onset with sharp pain, other times a dull pain. I also have dull aching in my left tricep I assumed was joint pain due to my arthritis . Tonight while having sharp pain in the lower left chest I felt a lump across the left of my chest about 3 inches wide and an inch tall above the stomach just below the breast. I am unable to visit the doctor soon should I be concerned.
Asked On : Thu, 27 Sep 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Thanks for writing your query
After going through your suffering, the pain could be of costochondritis (painful when ribs are pressed), may be relieved by following measure along with the drugs like ibuprofen-
1. Avoiding unnecessary exercise or activities that make the symptoms worse; avoid contact sports until there is improvement in symptoms, and then return to normal activities only as tolerated.
2. Rib belt along with hot water fomentation helps.
If the problem persists you may see a doctor to rule out the other possibilities.
Hope this information suffices and I shall be glad to answer any further query.
Take care and wish you good health
Answered: Thu, 24 Jul 2014
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