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upper abdomen pain. About one inch below bottom of sternum.

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upper abdomen pain. About one inch below bottom of sternum. Constant pain; more painful with deep breath.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 6 years ago.
this could be muscular
Pain on deep breathing should be a result of the diaphragm movement irritating a problem in the stomach. If this is deep pain, then ulcer should be ruled out.
Antacids might or might not help this problem, but I'm not sure a dark carbonated drink is indicated. One would use nexium, prilosec or the like, in conjunction with a docs exam and testing for a bug called H Pylori, implicated in ulcers.

This last move would be your best; have someone feel your belly, test for H pylori and treat if indicated.

Good Luck
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