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  • By chicker

    has anyone had the symptoms of pressure in the middle bone I guess they call it the sternum? also pain on the sides of your lower stomach/pressure thanks chicker

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  • By Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator

    Hi Chicker and welcome. While you may get feedback from community members, we generally tell people that if these symptoms you describe persist, or even worsen, you may want to visit with your doctor. The physician should be able to make certain something more serious is not occurring.
    Please check back with us and let us know how you’re doing.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator0

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  • By Janet Plank Moderator

    This is a few months late, but as Leon said, you should talk to your doctor, to be sure there isn’t anything serious going on.

    Do you have GERD? The areas that you’re pinpointing can be affected by GERD. Your doctor would be able to diagnose this and maybe would have you test for this. Try avoiding fried and spicy foods, as well as carbonating beverages. Also raise the head of your bed 3 – 5 inches.

    I hope that you let us know what you find out and how you are doing.

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