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Hello everyone,

Just had a question/concern to ask. Since Saturday afternoon all of a sudden I started to get a sharp (almost constant) pain with a little pressure under my breast bone and chest. It is a tad to the right but not by much. It will radiate to the left a little an also the right. I did not eat anything prior to this event and was up for about 3 hours prior. I do have a Hiatal Hernia and thought this was it because I have had very similar symptoms with this. Since Saturday the symptoms on Sunday were much better and Monday barely noticeable. Monday night it came back to the same it was on Saturday and so far all day today (Tuesday) it has not lightened up. I am worried a little as though they are very similar symptoms to my Hiatal Hernia it feels a slight different and a little worse. Also recently I had a bad tooth problem and had to take antibiotics and large amounts of Motrin that I never use. I have also during this time had to do a lot of heavy snow shoveling that I usually do not do as I did not get a plow guy this year. Do you think this combination of events could have made the Hiatal Hernia worse or is it possible Gallbladder issues? Thanks for any input!!
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replied February 1st, 2010
There are multiple possible causes for the type of pain you describe, including muscle or/and rib joint strain from shoveling snow, reflux esophagitis, esophageal spasms, gastritis, stomach or duodenal ulcers, gallstones, pancreatitis, pneumonia, and angina (ischemic heart pain), to name a few. Because there are so many possible causes, you will have to be evaluated by uour doctor for these symptoms.

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