I hope someone can help me. The few days ago I noticed there is some mild swelling in my upper sternal and the swelling extends off to the right on one of the upper chest bones (1 or 2 below the clavicle bone). The swelling is right on top the bone .... not really any swelling in the surrounding soft tissue. Just today it started becoming just a little sore to touch.
Does anyone have any ideas as to what this could be. I'm a little concerned because I've had, and still due have, numerous medical problems .... Including emphysema, bronchiactesis, and serious vascular issues due to smoking. I'm only 40 years old, and I've smoked for about 30 years. I know, that's aweful ......... I just can't seem to stop .
Is this a bony hard or well-circumscribed, soft, fluctuant, nontender swelling?
Are you experiencing fever, night sweats, chills, fatigue, loss of appetite and weight loss?
It's a well-circumscribed, somewhat soft, mildly tender swelling. It's located right on the bone. I'm not sure what "fluctuant" means ... ????. I've had somewhat of a barrel-chest for about a near now anyway ... I guess due to the emphysema. But this swelling is different.
I have been having night sweats (not every night though), and I also sometimes break out in a sudden sweat during the day for no reason. I don't think I'm having any fevers ... I haven't really checked my temperature. I'm not having chills though. I haven't experienced any weight loss or loss of appetite neither. I do, however, fatigue easily (but again, I've experienced this for a couple years .... I think due to all my chronic medical problems and medications).
The only other "recent" symptom that I've been experiencing more than the norm is headaches. Not severe headaches, just those barely-there type headaches.
I originally thought that maybe I hit my chest on something without realizing it, so I tried putting ice on it. It didn't help. So then I tried heat, but it, too, didn't work.
Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated.