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I HAVE EXTREME PAIN IN THE STERNUM AREA AND THE PAIN TRAVELS UP TO THE RIGHT SIDE OF MY JAW CAUSING PAIN IN MY LOWER TEETH What COULD THIS BE A SIGN OF?

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  • Dr. Chris February 22, 2011

    The first possible cause that you need to exclude is coronary artery disease and other heart-related conditions. Your symptoms are typical of angina and this can occur for months or years before a heart attach strikes. Don’t be distracted by the fact that it is radiating to the right jaw although cardiac conditions are more often associated with the left. This is not the only possible cause but it needs to be excluded immediately so you should see your doctor ASAP.

    While other conditions like esophageal spasms may also cause this type of pain, it tends to get triggered by and exacerbated with swallowing. Other conditions, like acid reflux can also cause severe heartburn to this degree. If you have noticed these symptoms exacerbate after eating, then other stomach, gallbladder and pancreas conditions may also be worth considering.

    There is no way of knowing for sure unless you see your doctor and possibly undergo further tests and investigations. Take note of all symptoms even those that are unrelated to the pain as this may be helpful with a differential diagnosis.

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