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Sunday, November 29, 2009 andrea fenton, Community Member, asks

Q: Is the pain in my rib cage due to my infection?

Hello ive been to the doctors today and iam suffering with an infection on my chest i have been given steroids and antibiotics the doctor asked if i wanted to go to ane but i declined he said if i get worse to go; or return to the doctors now i have a stabbing pain in the left lower ribcage its not plesant could this be the infection please could anyone tell me with thanks.Its at the back the pain.


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John Bottrell, Health Pro
11/29/09 2:28pm

To get a true diagnosis you will have to seek the wisdom of your physician.  There are no pain receptors in your lungs.  However, if you have an infection in your lungs, like say pneumonia, this can cause you to work extra hard to breath, and require you to use muscles for respiration you don't normally use.  When this happens, it can cause these normally dorment muscles to get sore.  It's kind of the same as when you exercise for the first time in a long time, and the muscles you worked out are sore. 


If you have an infection around your lungs or chest wall, this can cause pain or discomfort too.  I know that pleurisy can cause pain and discomfort for patients, pneumonia does too. 


Yet, to diagnose the source of your pain, you will have to seek the advice of your physician. 

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