• danny kay danny kay
    April 26, 2009
    Pain in the rib cage
    danny kay danny kay
    April 26, 2009

    My rib cage is painful from front to back. I went to the chiropractor two times and I still have the pain. It hurts me when I get up in the morning or if i sit down for a while and get up. What kind of pain is this and what should I do? Should I be worried?

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  • Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    April 30, 2009
    Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    April 30, 2009

    The most common causes of rib cage pain are:

     • A bruised, cracked or fractured rib (If the pain gets worse when you bend or twist your body, this is likely.)

    • Costochondritis – inflammation of cartilage near the breastbone

    • Osteoporosis – thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density

    • Pleurisy – inflammation of the lining of the lungs (causes pain when you take a deep breath or cough)

     All of these need to be treated by a doctor, so I'd suggest seeing your doctor soon.

    Here is some other information you might find helpful:

    Why Yoga May Help Soothe Many Types of Chronic Pain

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    • lvmaverick
      May 05, 2009
      lvmaverick
      May 05, 2009

      i have pain in my rib cage right side, It is a sharp stabbing pain that occurs as I move around, could it be neuralgia?

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    • Karen Lee Richards
      May 05, 2009
      Karen Lee Richards
      Health Guide
      May 05, 2009

      It could be.  I'm afraid there's no way to tell without a physical examination and possibly some tests.  Any sharp, stabbing pain like you describe needs to be checked by a doctor. 

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    • lvmaverick
      May 06, 2009
      lvmaverick
      May 06, 2009

      Thank You for the info. Do you no the name of the tests that would diagnose what the problem is? Also, what field of medicine would the Doctor be an expert in.

      Cheers! jack

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    • Karen Lee Richards
      May 08, 2009
      Karen Lee Richards
      Health Guide
      May 08, 2009

      I don't know what tests might be needed, if any.  It would depend on what the doctor thinks based on your symptoms and a physical exam.   As for what kind of doctor, if you have a primary care physician, I'd start there.  If you don't have a regular doctor, an internist would probably be a good choice.

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    • lvmaverick
      May 08, 2009
      lvmaverick
      May 08, 2009

      Thanks Karen, I had an appointment with my GP and he found a mass in the area of the pain. He has

      set up a ultra sound test that would  give him more info. He said he had a patient who had simular problem. They found the mass was pressing on a nerve and when the mass was reduced the pain went awaySmile I think i am on the right path.

      Cheers! and God Bless Jack

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    • Karen Lee Richards
      May 08, 2009
      Karen Lee Richards
      Health Guide
      May 08, 2009

      I'm so glad you've already gotten to see your doctor, Jack.  It does sound like you're on the right path.  Thanks for letting me know.  I hope you'll keep me posted on how you're doing.  God bless you!  Karen

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    • Joey Yeager
      May 09, 2011
      Joey Yeager
      May 09, 2011

      I was in an auto accident where the steering wheel slamed into my chest.  My surgin said that I brused my lungs and I have maltible rib fractures, and the was nothing he could do for the ribs they would heal on there own.  So I have some disconfort in my chest for a few weeks then all of a suden this past weekend, three weeks after my accident my rib cage starts to have chronic sharp pains in it.  It hurt to move, twist, turn, or anything, but when I chouph it does not hurt like it did the past three weeks.  What could be the problem?

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    • jo ann
      June 05, 2012
      jo ann
      June 05, 2012

      june 4th i went to see my regular doctor i told him when i turn a certain way like bending down to shave the back of my right leg i have been having a sharp pain right under my left breast bone it hurts so bad that it almost takes my breath my doctor told me that it was inflamation and it was not anything to worry about.he did not do no xray or any tests.what should i do if anything? please help.   i went to the doctor june 4th 2012 please reply

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  • Bib78 April 21, 2012
    Bib78
    April 21, 2012

    I had the same thing and was told that I had GORD as I suffer heartburn aswell. I took Somac and the rib pain went away, however I was allergic to Somac and my face became swollen and covered in hives, I intend to go back next week to see if there is an alternative to this medication.

     

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  • Bib78 April 21, 2012
    Bib78
    April 21, 2012

    I had the same thing and was told that I had GORD as I suffer heartburn aswell. I took Somac and the rib pain went away, however I was allergic to Somac and my face became swollen and covered in hives, I intend to go back next week to see if there is an alternative to this medication.

     

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  • Bib78 April 21, 2012
    Bib78
    April 21, 2012

    I had the same thing and was told that I had GORD as I suffer heartburn aswell. I took Somac and the rib pain went away, however I was allergic to Somac and my face became swollen and covered in hives, I intend to go back next week to see if there is an alternative to this medication.

     

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