Pain behind the sternum

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   Posted 10/23/2008 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone ever experienced pain behind the sternum, I get it most of the time I go for a walk.  Kind of tricky to describe how it feels, but kind of a mild burning feeling.
I had thought that since I have constant looseness in my joints maybe something bone/joint/cartilidge/muscle was getting tweaked the wrong way when I walked, but I am no longer thinking that.
I learned that there is a gland called the Thymus somewhere behind the sternum, and was surprised to find out it has to do with the immune system (i guess that's obvious if it's a gland).  Trying not to read too much into that though.
Anyway, just wondered if anyone has experienced this type of pain.  I need to get a primary care doctor so I can go over some of these non GI symptoms.  Too much googling has me all over the map from hiatal hernia to coronary/heart issues.
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   Posted 10/24/2008 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
could be inflammation of the area where the cartilage joins the bones? or early arthritis.
or gas pressure.

Does it help if you put your arms above your head when you're walking?

Does it happen ONLY when you're walking..standing upright is fine?

behind the sternum....more to the right or left?..

have you had any x-rays?

Your concerns can be should get it checked out regardless.

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   Posted 10/24/2008 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I had nasty arthritis in the sternomanubrial joint that required CT guided cortisone shots to get it under control. All uc related... hope you don't have this.

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