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Q: i have pain in my upper rib and its real sore and tender when i press against could you tell me what that could be

I have pain in my upper rib that is really sore and tender when I press against it. Could you tell me what could be causing this?  Thanks.

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
10/ 5/10 5:09am

Carolyn, it could be SO many different things. It might be a simple muscle pull or bone bruise. You might be feeling a fibroadenoma or cyst, and mistaking it for rib pain. Ditto a hormonal issue having to do with your menstrual cycle. If you're a breast cancer survivor, it could be any of the above; or if you had radiation, it might be late damage from the radiation; or a recurrence.

 Your best bet would be to track it for a month, if you're hesitant to see a doctor right away. If it's still there - or certainly if it gets worse quickly - you'd want to see a doctor to get it treated. No sense being in pain when you can find out what's causing this pain, and get something done about it. Good luck - PJH

Here are some links on easing pain that might be helpful for you:

Using Tylenol Responsibly

 Let’s Talk Pain Meds

Why Yoga Can Help Soothe Many Types of Chronic Pain


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carolyn hill, Community Member
10/ 5/10 5:54am

Thank you, but i never had breast cancer before i have tendency to lay on my let side and i toss and turn alnight i thought that may have some thing to do with it but i had like a muscle spasm about three months ago and it lasted off and on for about 3 day's and it went away but these pains started earlier tonight around 10:00 PM and the first pain was alittle sharp right up under my left breast and it tender and alittle sour in that area but i had two small pain that last for about 2 seconds and they are mild i don't what this could be i don't drink or smoke and then it seems like it wanted to move the right side but it was very mild for like 2 seconds also. Im sorry i wrote so much i just confused oh, yes i notice i have alittle discmfort around my menstraul time so im sorry im writing please forgive me so if you could reply thanx

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carolyn hill, Community Member
10/ 5/10 5:54am

Thank you, but i never had breast cancer before i have tendency to lay on my let side and i toss and turn alnight i thought that may have some thing to do with it but i had like a muscle spasm about three months ago and it lasted off and on for about 3 day's and it went away but these pains started earlier tonight around 10:00 PM and the first pain was alittle sharp right up under my left breast and it tender and alittle sour in that area but i had two small pain that last for about 2 seconds and they are mild i don't what this could be i don't drink or smoke and then it seems like it wanted to move the right side but it was very mild for like 2 seconds also. Im sorry i wrote so much i just confused oh, yes i notice i have alittle discmfort around my menstraul time so im sorry im writing please forgive me so if you could reply thanx

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carolyn hill, Community Member
10/ 5/10 5:54am

Thank you, but i never had breast cancer before i have tendency to lay on my let side and i toss and turn alnight i thought that may have some thing to do with it but i had like a muscle spasm about three months ago and it lasted off and on for about 3 day's and it went away but these pains started earlier tonight around 10:00 PM and the first pain was alittle sharp right up under my left breast and it tender and alittle sour in that area but i had two small pain that last for about 2 seconds and they are mild i don't what this could be i don't drink or smoke and then it seems like it wanted to move the right side but it was very mild for like 2 seconds also. Im sorry i wrote so much i just confused oh, yes i notice i have alittle discmfort around my menstraul time so im sorry im writing please forgive me so if you could reply thanx

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
10/ 5/10 6:11am

PJ is correct that there are too many possible causes for us to guess what is going on.  Fortunately, nothing you mention sounds like typical breast cancer symptoms, and that is what we know the most about on this website.  Because this started three months ago, it may be time to check with a doctor.  However, since it has been a "come-and-go" problem, it could probably wait until your next regular check up unless it gets worse.  Muscle spasms can happen for many reasons, and your idea that it might be from your sleeping position sounds like a reasonable theory.

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carolyn hill, Community Member
10/ 5/10 8:07am

Thanx so much.

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