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below breast pain
danniejpag posted:
I have recurring pain just below my breasts all across my rib cage. Heart problems have been ruled out with a stress test. The pain usually wakes me up all throughout the night but I don't notice it so much during the day. Has anyone had any experience with this type pain or any suggestions what it might be caused by?
darlyn05 responded:
Have they, or you, requested tests to check your liver, pancreas, gallbladder, lungs, upper GI tract? What tests have been done other than to rule out heart conditions, AND are you satisfied with that(those) results about your heart?
danniejpag replied to darlyn05's response:
I haven't had any of the other systems checked but the pain seems to be just below the skin in the nerves or possibly the muscles rather than the deeper structures. Thanks for the suggestions though, I will discuss them with my doctor. I am satisfied with the results about my heart.
meaningfulc1952 responded:
I think that I know what you might have. Last year I started having horrific pain on the left side and my ribs hurt. I could not wear a bra due to the pain. I went to see my cardiologist and he told me that I had costicondritis which is inflamation in that part of the ribs and is treated with (in my case) prednisone. This pain continued to go on and on for many months and then finally it stopped. When you saw your cardiologist did he not mention the condition that I have? If he did not, then I am somewhat surprised because it sounds like that is exactly what I have had it the past. My pain from this comes and goes. Currently, I am not having any problem with this.

I do hope that you get to feeling better. Maybe you should see another cardiologist or another specialist and see what they have to say.

Good Luck,
_swank_ responded:
I agree with the poster that mentioned costochondritis. In my case my ribs were sore to the touch and that one of the reasons my doctor finally came to that conclusion. The problem with with diagnosing it is that there is no test that will confirm it. Doctors only come to that conclusion after everything else has been ruled out.
danniejpag replied to _swank_'s response:
I want to thank "meaningfulc 1952" and "_swank_" for their suggestion of costochondritis. That really sounds like what I might have and I will definitely mention it to my cardiologist. I had not thought of that but it does make sense. My pain is intermentent but it wakes me up nearly every night. I have also noticed it occasionally during the day. I don't see the doctor til next month but at least I have some hope now. Thank you both again.

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