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Dull/Achy pain in sternum
Fr0d0 posted:
Dr Beckerman,

I am 55 years old, approx 50lbs overweight, BP at rest is approx 135/80, PR 70 - I feel pretty good generally but lately I have noticed a very localized pain in my sternum. My wife can just brush it with her fingers and I can feel the pain. If I probe with my fingers I can pretty much localize it and cause pain pressing only slightly on my sternum.

Any ideas?


James_Beckerman_MD responded:
Hi Roger,

Localized pains that are reproducible by gentle touch or pressing are most likely to have musculoskeletal causes. However, this is obviously something that can't be confirmed unless other things are ruled out and further history/exam is performed - seems worthwhile to discuss with your doctor regarding the next step. Take care.

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