Over the last 5 years I would occasionaly experience a pain in my sternum. I would simply dismiss it due to stress and lack of exercise.(I was once a body builder) I found that some good aerobic exercise would make it go away after a week or so. However, lately the pain has gotten somewhat worse, it is painful to press the bottom of the sternum area, and slightly off to the side. I sometimes wake up feeling the pain. Exercise and aerobic workouts no longer make the pain go away. I feel it is somewhat stress related, but not heart related. I believe this is something that is not going away, and it might be time to deal with it.
It is unlikely that you would have had bone cancer (osteosarcoma) of the sternum for 5 years now without there being any visible or palpable mass. That being, said, as I am not able to examine you, you should ask your doctor to have a look at this area. If he/she identifies any abnormalities, then a bone scan or/and CT scan should be performed.
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