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Suggest treatment for pain in sternum

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Posted on Mon, 6 Jun 2016
Question: When I bend over, I get horrible pain in sternum/under breasts. Takes my breath away. Has fooled me into thinking heart attack. Just did it. Started 5 minutes ago and still painful Any idea?
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (11 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Possibility of musculoskeletal pain is more.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
Since your pain is associated with specific movement (bending), possibility of musculoskeletal pain is more.
So avoid movements causing pain. Avoid bad postures in sleep. Avoid heavyweight lifting and strenuous exercise.
Take painkiller like ibuprofen.
Apply warm water pad on affected areas.
You will mostly improve with all these.
Please let me know
1. Since how many days you are having this pain?
2. Do you have hypertension or diabetes?
Please reply me answers of above asked questions, so that I can guide you better. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (5 minutes later)
pain is still there. in breast area also. I have slight hypertension controlled with medication. this has happened many times over several years.


also occurs sometimes out of nowhere, no bending.
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (1 minute later)
Brief Answer:
Do you smoke?

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your follow up question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
So you are having pain since many years.
Please let me know if you are smoking.
What about diabetes?
Please reply me answers of above asked questions, so that I can guide you better. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (6 minutes later)
light smoker. no diabetes
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (2 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Do you have cough or shortness of breath?

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your follow up question on Healthcare Magic.
So you are smoker.
So we need to rule out lung causes for your chest pain.
So please let me know
1. Do you cough?
2. Do you have breathlessness?
3. What were you taking (medicine) for pain during these years?
Please reply me answers of above asked questions, so that I can guide you better. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Suggest treatment for pain in sternum

Brief Answer: Possibility of musculoskeletal pain is more. Detailed Answer: Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic. I can understand your concern. Since your pain is associated with specific movement (bending), possibility of musculoskeletal pain is more. So avoid movements causing pain. Avoid bad postures in sleep. Avoid heavyweight lifting and strenuous exercise. Take painkiller like ibuprofen. Apply warm water pad on affected areas. You will mostly improve with all these. Please let me know 1. Since how many days you are having this pain? 2. Do you have hypertension or diabetes? Please reply me answers of above asked questions, so that I can guide you better. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.