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Sternum Chest pain after laying down, in the morning. Still kind of there during the day, does feel worse when sitting, better when walking around and when preoccupied in an activity or talking. Sometimes upper stomach, back and rib cage pain/burning sensation. Better in the evening but then returns in the morning.
About 2 months now. EKG and blood results fine. Going in for EGD and colonoscopy. Taking 20mg Prilosec, seems to calm the stomach. Sometimes take a muslce relaxer, allievates pain and burning a bit. What the heck is going on with me? This is raising my anxiety levels! Never smoked. Layed off normal workouts for about 3 weeks now. Gerd? Arthitis? Muscle issues?
It is possible that it is gerd, but until u see the dr and get the testing ...guessing won't help.But since ur dr put u on meds for gerd u may also want to try to elevate the Head of ur bed and do not lie down for 3 to 4 hrs after u eat.
U also want to modify ur lifestyle and diet...in addition to the meds this should help.
Thank you selma. I'll report back after my EGD appt. The elevation at night does help, i sleep pretty good, but still wake up with sternum pain. Feels better the longer i can sleep on my back than my sides. Fades away until i get to work and sit. Been trying rib/chest stretches, we'll see if that helps. i'll ask my Dr. Just tired of being miserable.
i'll try to 2-3 hr food thing too. Thanks.
You may-like my daughter have a hiatal hernia. She had alot of tests and used many medicines and saw four doctors. I read a page written by Steven H. Horne whose symptoms matched hers and I got her to the chiropractor and he fixed it. Today is day 10 and she is pain from from alot of the same pain that you describe. Google Steven H. Horne, hiatal Hernia and read about it. A chiropractor or knowledable massage therapist can help. The vagus nerve is affected also and many symptoms begin to appear and the doctors are clueless for a cure. I hope this helps. I am on a crusade to tell anyone who'll listen about thsi since my daughter suffered for 14 months excrutiating pain.
Thanks for your comments. This week I have an EGD, hopefully they'll be able to determine something like a hiatal hernia. Very frustrating. I hate the anxiety and thoughts that keep running thru my head. I really pray its something that can be succesfully treated.
Updated - I tried Pepcid Complete (H2 blocker) 2 days and wow made me feel a lot better. Still feeling some pains but much less and as far as pain levels go. Slept good and more importantly did'nt get woken by sternum pain. Just feel happier all around. That's good news. I'm happy that an over the count drug could do so well for me. Still have EGD scheduled, see whats what.
Thanks Selma, had the EGD, nothing major found, some irritation. Told the dr about how the Pepcid worked and he agreed that some things work better than other for each person. He gave me a prescript version of Pepcid, we'll see if that works even better. I'll keep you updated. Thanks again for listening. I hope things are good with you!
Thanks for the advice Selma, the gastro dr did give me the same advice. I need to really focus on that. I thought because i was eating less it was okay to eat whatever, that's not really right. The food itself needs to be healthier. Its weird, I feel better right after i eat but then as I sit at my desk it starts to grumble and the issues start up again. I pick up the Pepcid from Walgreens after work. I'll let you know if I have better success. Thanks again for taking time to listen.
well after the EGD the lab results came back that i have h. pylori, along with minor Gerd and gastritis. So i've been given some triple presciption pack that looks like 2 antibiotics and some strong ppi. We'll see how that goes after 14 days. Still feeling pressure/pain behind the sternum. Dr wants me to do a stress test next, he's not sure the treatment i'm on will do much for the sternum area but we'll see. Not feeling as miserable as i have been but its still a daily thing.
Maybe this will help. my doc advised sleeping on my left side. Reason: the stomach's opening to the esophagus is at the top left of the stomach. If your sphincter muscle or diaphragm are weak, there is a greater chance that the stomach's gastric juices can leak into the esophagus because the opening is facing downward. Make sense? It did to me and it works.
Thanks Tonyhealed. Things are better these days. I was on meds for H Pylori, i think those or the H Pylori made things worse. Since i've stopped the meds, i've been feeling much better. Not waking up with chest pains. Not getting them during the day as well. Still some discomfort but the pain levels are reduced 80%. Stared Physical Therapy. Could have strained muscles that just are not healing 100%. Will do that for 4-5 weeks. But i'm much happier these days, the pain has dissapaited so much. Sure changes my attitude.
SelmaS, how are you doing these days? Well I hope.
HI ...I am doing rather well thanks for asking...I am slowly backing off my meds with no repercussions : )
I have been making sure to have a piece of fresh fruit and I am drinking apple cider (not vinegar) and I am feeling much better....I was on an rx strength of pepcid 2 x's a day and now I may take it once or twice a week.
Especially if I am going to eat pizza or an Italian dish which may cause ill effects and I have been fine as long as I do not overdo the tomato dishes.
Selma, just stopping by to see how things are. I'm doing well. Seems getting back to moderate exersize, some PT to help stretch things out has helped my soreness. Was checked for Vitamin D and was border line deficient, so i'm on some good D3 liquid supplements. I feel more stamina and able to workout longer and longer. So hello spring, lets have a good one! Happy April! Take care. Bearsfan Bill.
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