What Causes Pain Just Below My Right Side Rib Cage?

Question

Asked by midtx43

I have a pain just below my rib on the right side. It hurts when I sneeze or cough. It is also tender to the touch and sometimes hurts around to my back on the right side. What could it be?

Answer

One possible reason for your rib pain could be costochondritis, which is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone. The most common symptoms of costochondritis are pain in the chest wall, particularly the area where the ribs connect. The tenderness you mention is also a very common sign of this condition. If you have swelling as well it may be Tietze's Syndrome.

Many cases of costochondritis don't have a clear cause, but strenuous exercise, a blow to the chest, and respiratory illnesses that cause a lot of coughing or sneezing have been linked to the problem. Osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and other conditions may also increase your chance of getting costochondritis.

Most of the treatment for your pain is aimed at reducing inflammation, so if you aren't already resting and alternating moist heat and ice packs, try that. You can also see if an over-the-counter pain reliever helps.

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