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Suggest treatment for sternum pain

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Posted on Sat, 1 Aug 2015
Question: I have been experiencing pain in my sternum for the past two days....could be exercise related? I feel like I need to crack my sternum. Anxiety provoking and deep, relaxing breathing along with ibuprofen seems to help. No other symptoms, no problem sleeping. I am 54 year old femail, 5 ft 3. 170 pounds. thoughts?
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Sudhir Kumar (20 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
It is likely muscular pain related to excercises.

Detailed Answer:

Hi
Thanks for your query

I'm Dr Sudhir Kumar

I have gone through your query and understand your concern. Your sternum pain is likely to be muscular pain.It can be excercises related.It may also be related to bronchitis as it can also lead to muscle fatigue. Its treatment is rest and analgesic such as ibuprofen for pain relief. Vitamin B and C is helpful in recovery. You can further investigate by x ray and CT scan of sternum.

You can discuss with your doctor about it.

Hope your query get answered. If you have any clarification then I will be happy to help you.

Wishing you a good health.
Take care.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Sudhir Kumar (33 minutes later)
Thank you for your response. it t it to last?
Assuming it doesnt get worse.....how long can I expect it to last?
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Sudhir Kumar (21 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
nearly 2 weeks.

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Welcome back
With analgesic and rest it is expected to last for nearly 2 weeks.
Everything else already discussed.
If you have any further query, I would be glad to help you.
If not, you may close the discussion and if possible you may rate the answer for me, so that I get a good feedback.

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Wishing you good health
Take care

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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Sudhir Kumar (33 minutes later)
Last question:) There is no pain when I push on the sternum, just a general ache and urge to crack the bone. Could it still be a muscle with no pain when I touch it? You have been very helpful....I will be sure and rate you. Thanks!
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Sudhir Kumar (37 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
May be muscular pain Related to excercises.

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Welcome back
As pain is two days duration and dull pain so most likely it is muscular pain related to excercises.
Everything else already discussed.
If you have any further query, I would be glad to help you.
If not, you may close the discussion and if possible you may rate the answer for me, so that I get a good feedback.

In future if you wish to contact me directly, you can use the below mentioned link:
https://www.bit.ly/askdrsudhirortho

Wishing you good health
Take care

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Suggest treatment for sternum pain

Brief Answer: It is likely muscular pain related to excercises. Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for your query I'm Dr Sudhir Kumar I have gone through your query and understand your concern. Your sternum pain is likely to be muscular pain.It can be excercises related.It may also be related to bronchitis as it can also lead to muscle fatigue. Its treatment is rest and analgesic such as ibuprofen for pain relief. Vitamin B and C is helpful in recovery. You can further investigate by x ray and CT scan of sternum. You can discuss with your doctor about it. Hope your query get answered. If you have any clarification then I will be happy to help you. Wishing you a good health. Take care.