Stomach pain just below sternum

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I have had <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> and extreme tenderness in an area just below the sternum for about 2 years. It starts at the base of the sternum just where the stomach starts and seems to extend about two inches down towards the stomach. The pain seems to radiate into my left chest wall and causes a feeling of tightness. My doctor has told me to ignore it and it would go away. Easy for him to say right? Does anyone know what could cause this?
Hi dgehrman, I have the exact same symptoms you describe - a fairly hard lump directly below my sternum, very slight or no <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span>. I was just wondering if you had been to a doctor and had any info about the condition. If you have, please email me at ***@**** FYI, I found your posting by Googling "lump below sternum." Thanks!
But now my sternum is frequently in <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> and i burp 10x more than i usually do, when i burp i feel a sharp <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> in my sternum. Im in the best shape ive ever been in but still i run out of breath during practice very easily. Some of my symptoms would be if i blow out for long enough; by the time I start running out of breath the air coming out of my mouth makes a wheezing almost crackling noise, the kind of noise someone dieing of lung cancer would make when breathing.
Sometimes when I shift positions (turning over in bed ) The ache momentarily worsens. (sharper <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span>). The <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> when pressing on the stomach is definitely more apparent on an empty stomach. I have virtually no sensation of hunger, (only pain) , and I have lost 10 lbs since october. When I try to force myself to eat a large meal, I have a sensation of pressure (along with the ache) that lasts at least 2 hrs. sometimes longer.
I have dull stomach <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> just below the sternum. It hurts worse when I'm getting hungry but scared to eat to much cause I been getting this feeling that I need to throw up everyone I eat a little too much. I used to be Abe to eat rice and pasta but now can't seem to digest it. It seems to get stuck around my upper rib area and then I eventually end up throwing my dinner up. On June 1st I weighed 203. As of today, October 19th, I weigh 162.
I also have slight discomfort just below my sternum. Pressure there makes me uncomfortable. Sometimes it makes me lose my appetite, but other than that, no symptoms. No fever, no nausea, etc. When I lay down, I have to lay on my back. The rib pain makes laying on my side or chest very uncomfortable. I've also been really gassy recently. I often feel like I have to belch, and I often do. It seems to bring a little relief when it happens.
I have been having a stomach <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> in the center of the abdomen, just below the sternum. I also get this "burning" sensation in my stomach, often when a stressfull situation comes up. The pain has been constant for over a week. It almost feels like hunger pains. Anyone have similar experience or know what this might be?
Most people complain of stomach <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> but they associate any <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> in the midsection as stomach <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> but the stomach is actually located starting from about the sternum curves off to the left and comes back around to about a few inches above the belly button. If the pain is below this line and located more left it could be the pancreas causing the pain lower then that and you have to start in with the intestines so it is very important to know the exact location of the pain.
Posted By Randal on March 05, 1999 at 17:57:31: In Reply to: <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> just below sternum posted by Scott on March 05, 1999 at 14:47:10: I'm a 41 yr old male 5'10" 140 lbs with chronic stomach pain( medium intensity ache that waxes and wanes. (5 to 10 seconds bad, then 5 to 10 better) located just below the sternum, Slightly to the right of dead center. I have had a upper endoscope, Upper GI with small bowel series, a colonoscope, and an abdominal ultrasound.
i just found a lump, right where the xyphoid is.Above stomach in the center and below rib cage. I have no <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> but i do work out. I just want a little knowledge before i get checked out.
I very frequently, even with medication, get agonizing <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> right below my sternum. I suffered with this <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> for 4 days straight and then it stopped. This time, after the pain that I have become accustom to stopped, I began having pain in the lower rib cage area that extended like a band around my body. I even have pain in my back (between shoulder blades and in shoulder blades). The pain alternates as gnawing & aching to sharp & stabbing (mostly on the right side).
i just want to tell u that i have had a viral infection for 5 to 6 weeks and now i am on prilosec and today i have lower right stomach pains is it gas.
Dull, gnawing stomach <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> that comes and goes. The <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> is often worse when the stomach is empty and goes away after eating. You may also have indigestion, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, gas, and dark stools. Possible Causes: *Stomach ulcer (peptic ulcer) *Gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining) Action to Take: Take an antacid or acetaminophen if necessary, but avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Don't drink alcohol or smoke.
Hello, I have over the years had many migraines right above my right ear and the pain shots down all the way past my throat to just below my sternum. When i have this <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> in my ear it feels as though there is a gland swollen inside my ear, it is quite painful. I have seen doctors about this but no answers, can you help ?
program if any of you are familiar with it. Since then, I've been feeling <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> just below the bottom of my sternum and maybe a centimeter to the left. I can actually feel a lump there, and when I put pressure on it, it is quite painful. I can actually see it bulging out if I look in the mirror after a deep breath and leaning back slightly. Pushing on it makes me feel slightly nautious, and I can feel it all the time as a dull, uncomfortable pain.
I went out drinking on Friday and also had lots to eat Burger, fries,pizza,chicken wings, nachos. all spicy foods. I woke up the next morning with a <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> below sternum and under my right rib cage. It was dull at first then slowly became so bad I was crippled over with pain and could not move or walk for close to 2 hours. I took some pepto and tums and was told it was probably heart burn. It slowly went away and I felt good the rest of the day.
But oddly when I'm laying down and I push around my stomach to feel where it's tender exactly to check and see if it's my appendix or an ovary or something I don't feel any intense <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span>, just dull <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> below my right ribs across the entire length of the rib to sternum. But when I stand up and push around my abdomen oddly if I slightly even push that same area under my rib I want to scream in pain.
Hi, your symptoms could all be attributed to GERD, (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease), where the acid contents of the stomach come up into the esophagus. Since medications don't seem to be helping much why don't you try life style measures? Take frequent small meals. Eat dinner about two hours before sleeping. Elevate the head end of the bed. Keep a food diary and note down what aggravates your symptoms and avoid them. Ensure to maintain optimum weight by regular exercise.
The pain is made worse by pressing on the center of upper stomach (approximately 3-4 fingers below the sternum), it's also made worse by movement such as bending, sitting to standing or standing to sitting, laughing, or talking excitedly. It seems to be mostly centered but sometimes ever so slightly to the left of the center upper stomach area.
severe <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> in the upper left abdomen near the sternum. I just recently completed a gastric emptying scan which showed that my stomach was only emptying 24%. I am now on medication to help my stomach contract to empty, But, in the middle of my stomach, I feel like someone has punched me in my gut, like a large orange is stuck and very often inflamed. When I eat my first meal of the day, I immediately have diareah and then feel nauseated and very weak for the rest of the day.
Since I have had this done I get a severe <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> located just below the sternum. The <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> is so intense that I have almost passed out from it. I have an extremely high tolerance to pain, so when I tell you that I almost pasted out... I have had an endoscopy but that was prior to the gallbladder surgery. The doctor said that I had stomach polyps and a slight (?) hiatal hernia. When I returned to the doctor to speak to him about this symptom he stated that I should contact the surgeon.
In the midst of all of this, I was getting sharp pain right below my sternum. At that point, I had been eating spicy foods and drinking alcohol - (irritated stomach?). That pain has also since ceased. I have had, on average, 1 alcoholic drink per day - a mixed drink of 4 ounces alcohol in a 16 ounce glass for the last several years. I only mention this to establish that I've been staying within a routine. I drink about 80 ounces of water per day (kidney stones).
I am 53 and lately have started experiencing what feels like gas and bloating pain just below my sternum- It is like what I have eaten is taking along time to travel down to my stomach. I have had my gallbladder out about 21 years ago- I am on thyroid medicine and also on vicodin for lower back pain- It comes and goes and sometimes when I am laying down, it causes difficulties in breathing for a short period of time. Any clue as to what this could be.
I had my gallbladder out 5 years ago because of some discomfort and gallstones shown on an ultrasound. About 5 hours after I awoke from surgery, I experienced an awful <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> just below my sternum and I could not breath or talk and spent the next 3-5 hours in debilitating pain with vomiting. The surgeon just told me that I had a rough night. Anyways, I spent the next couple of years having these sporadic attacks of pain lasting around 5 hrs. on average.
For the past few months I have noticed a lump just below my ribs at the very bottom of my sternum. It is about the size of a grape. It is not soft and does not move at all. Seems to be attached to the bone. No pain when I touch or try to move it. It does seem to swell slightly when undergoing stress. I am a veteran and have VA health care. I do not have an appointment to see my Dr' yet, I just wanted to see if anyone out there has experience with these symptoms.
Adter several hours of sleep, I awaken with intense upper stomach <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> which subsides as the the day progresses. What could cause this type of pain?
after being asleep for a little while it becomes this uncomfortable ache in the upper part of my stomach just below my sternum. it is not really constant but more so when i breath in. it can best be described as somewhat like the pain you get in your side that stabs you out of no where if you breath too deep. this has a little less stab to it. it does intensify the deeper i breath in. it just started happening one night and never went away.
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