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What treatment should one take for sharp pain in the sternum area which aggravates on coughing, deep breathing and walking ?

My father is 74 years old and has been complaining of sharp pain on the sternum area of his chest . He starting feeling this a couple of months ago but has mentioned that the pain is stronger as of recently (since yesterday) It hurts when he coughs, takes a deep breath , and now even when he walks. He checked his blood pressure this morning and it reads 117/70. He has mentioned this pain to his cardiologist when it first started but was told it was nothing of concern.
Asked On : Wed, 18 Apr 2012
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Oncologist 's  Response
If the cardiologist has ruled out the cardiac origin pain the second most imp. Cause is costo chondrites also called as Tietz Syndrome. It is the inflammation of the rib cartilage. This always simulates to cardiac pain.
Secondly you are advised to have a chest X-Ray. This will rule out other lung causes.
Answered: Wed, 18 Apr 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Rahul Sharma's  Response
it seems ur dad is suffering from gastro esophageal reflux disease GERD...
which is continous irritation of esophagus due to hyperacidity in stomach...course of antacids and omeprazole shall control this...ask ur dad to ve little meals every 3-4 hrs rahter than keeping his stomach emtpty for a prolonged time...
also get a complete cardio pulmonary work up(ECG, ECHO, Chest Xray) to rule out any heart/lung condition...
hope he gets well soon
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