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Hi, I've been spending a bit of time on the GERD discussion but on googling sternum pain I came across costochondritis. 3 months ago I was really ill with mouth ulcers/the flu and woke up one night with bad sternum to back pain. I went to the Dr and I was given drugs for reflux. I reacted badly to the drugs and over the past 2 months have been recovering from this. I have been given possible diagnosis of ulcer, hiatus hernia etc but various tests including an endoscope have found nothing.
I do get sternum pain but this is mild. The main pain I have is between my shoulder blades and around my mid back where my bra sits and some mild pain in my left shoulder. I find wearing a bra uncomfortable due to pressure on the area. The pain gets worse as the day goes on and normally by late afternoon it feels like a burning/stinging pain in my upper/mid back. I don't find paracetamol helpful but do use a hot water bottle. It gets better at bedtime and rarely bothers me during the night. I find that twisting my head or my body or carrying something heavy can be uncomfortable. I don't feel like I have rib pain. Not having a diagnosis is giving me terrible health anxiety. I have distressing thoughts about cancer. My Drs try to reassure me as nothing sinister has been shown in the endoscope, ecg, lung xray or blood tests (to check kidneys, liver, bone health, blood count, thyroid, celiac etc). I'm on the waiting list for an ultrasound so hopefully that will reassure me. Thanks for reading my long post!
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