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Old 01-04-2013, 02:19 PM   #1
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Sharp pain just below sternum. GERD?

Since April I have been having this sharp and sometimes dull pain right below my sternum. Usually it comes and goes but for the last few weeks it has always been there. The MD's thought it was originally my gall bladder, which they took out in July, but still have the pain. I do take Prevacid 15mg daily (3 months now) but still have this pain. It isn't enough that I would take pain meds for it, just very annoying and progressively getting stronger. Any thoughts??

 
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:34 PM   #2
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Re: Sharp pain just below sternum. GERD?

I get pain from Gas....
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:26 AM   #3
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Re: Sharp pain just below sternum. GERD?

Not gas. This is entirely different.

 
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is it to one side or center?
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Re: Sharp pain just below sternum. GERD?

Do you also have nausea? You may consider having a gastric emptying scan.

 
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Re: Sharp pain just below sternum. GERD?

Do you have nausea also? You may consider a gastric emptying scan...

 
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Re: Sharp pain just below sternum. GERD?

Symptoms of H Pylori

Burning and sharp pain in abdomen between the navel and the end of sternum.
pain often occurs between meals and may wake the person during the night.
Heartburn, nausea, vomiting and bloated abdomen after meals.
Black tarry stools.
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:17 PM   #8
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Re: Sharp pain just below sternum. GERD?

It's most likely just acid reflux (I've been there, done that). Acid reflux can give you pain in places and locations that you wouldn't think possible, but it does. You just need to figure out your own way of treating it. There is the possibility that it is some sort of rib issue, but probably not.

 
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:18 AM   #9
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Re: Sharp pain just below sternum. GERD?

Is the pain worse with eating? Burning or stabbing pain? A trip to the gastroenterologist for an endoscopy isn't fun but in your case I would recommend it if you haven't done so already.

 
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Re: Sharp pain just below sternum. GERD?

I wish it was H Pylori. I was tested negative for it. And yes, the pain is just below my sternum and sometimes just under my right rib cage. I have noticed that if I take Slippery Elm and/or Carafate (stomach coaters) that this helps. ?? Which would point to an Ulcer....but nothing appeared on my Endoscopy. *Sigh* Does GERD have these symptoms?

 
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Re: Sharp pain just below sternum. GERD?

I haven't experienced any pain in the right rib cage with acid reflux/GERD. Pain in that area could point to gallbladder stones accompanied by pain in the back between shoulder blades and nausea. I can't think of anything else this could be. Best of luck trying to find the root cause of your discomfort, going to multiple doctors can be tiring and expensive.

 
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:34 PM   #12
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I would get a gastric emptying scan if I were you. It sounds like issues at your lower esphageal sphincter and or upper stomach. I had this pain several years ago and was diagnosed with GERD and gastroparesis. My thoughts are with you. Kenny

 
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:06 PM   #13
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Re: Sharp pain just below sternum. GERD?

Yet, I have that pain intermittently just below my sternum with my LPR/GERD issues. I think it is just a form of heart burn...different than the burning chest. Maybe its right where the stomach meets the lower esophagus.

 
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Re: Sharp pain just below sternum. GERD?

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I haven't experienced any pain in the right rib cage with acid reflux/GERD. Pain in that area could point to gallbladder stones accompanied by pain in the back between shoulder blades and nausea. I can't think of anything else this could be. Best of luck trying to find the root cause of your discomfort, going to multiple doctors can be tiring and expensive.

Did you find out what this is? I am having the same issue. Endoscopy came back normal same with chest xray bloodwork and ultrasound. The pain is when I swallow to the right of my sternum near my boob on the right side. Any luck? Mines been there for about a month!

 
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