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What could be the cause of pressure and tenderness beneath the breast bone ?

I have pressure and tenderness in the middle of my upper abdomen . beneath the breast bone . What could it be?
Asked On : Thu, 1 Mar 2012
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Thanks for posting your query. Pain or tenderness in the epigastric area is most probably due to esophagitis, gastritis, or gastro esophageal reflux. It is important to know if your pain is related to food intake. Does it com.e on immediately after food? Does food relieve the pain etc?

Other causes would be some inflammation in the lungs called pleuritis. Here you might have breathing difficulty and the pain will increase when you take a deep breath.

If the pain is due to cardiac cause then it might get worse with exertion.

There are other causes too like pancreatitis or an abscess in the left lobe of the liver where the pain would be very severe.

You can try taking a bland diet for a while, less oil and less spice. Also take Gelusil syrup 1 teaspoon three times a day. If the pain doesn't settle in a week’s time or if it increases in severity please get yourself evaluated by your doctor, who will examine you and check for other serious causes. He might do a chest x-ray, ECG, and an ultrasound abdomen if indicated.

Hope you get well soon.


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