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What is the cause for pain in the sternum ?

i have been experiencing very sharp pains in my sternum area for the last 2 days. It hurts tremendously when i turn or pick up something off the floor. I don t have any pains while breathing but my chest feels heavy!! I don t know what it is and i am looking for possible ideas on what it could be.
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
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Hello,

Pain in the sternum can be caused by muscle sprain, acid reflux, collar bone or sternum injuries, costochondritis. You can take antacids, PPI's like Rabeprazole & Acetaminophen (Tylenol).

Get physically examined, get X-Ray, CT, if required MRI done to rule out any injuries, hair cracks or fractures.

If sternum pain is persistent, associated with vomiting & chest pain, it can be indicative of developing cardiac problems.

So, you need to see a cardiologist & get all tests done. Add fiber in your diet, stay away from addictions if any, avoid oily food.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Nupur K, General & Family Physician
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What is the cause for pain in the sternum ?

Hello, Pain in the sternum can be caused by muscle sprain, acid reflux, collar bone or sternum injuries, costochondritis. You can take antacids, PPI s like Rabeprazole & Acetaminophen (Tylenol). Get physically examined, get X-Ray, CT, if required MRI done to rule out any injuries, hair cracks or fractures. If sternum pain is persistent, associated with vomiting & chest pain, it can be indicative of developing cardiac problems. So, you need to see a cardiologist & get all tests done. Add fiber in your diet, stay away from addictions if any, avoid oily food. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Take care Regards, Dr Nupur K, General & Family Physician