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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
39 years experience Hand Surgery
Not attached: Lungs are not directly attached to the boney rib cage. They are attached to structures within the mediastinum. Otherwise they would not be able to exp ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Elton
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Ribs: ribs not only protect the heart and lungs but they're needed to create a rigid walled space so that movement of the diaphragm can cause the lungs to f ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kaleyathodi Bhat
52 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Intercostal pain: Yes, it can be infection, strain, or injury.
A male asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
32 years experience Family Medicine
Allergies/reaction: This sensation of itchiness can be caused by allergies. If it is only happening when you have the flu then it is probably caused by your bodies reacti ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
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Get examined: cannot be diagnosed without a physicial exam and a chest x-ray. If related to injury or strain and not allergic to NSAIDS you can try Advil or Aleve.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Pleurisy?: This may be as simple as a sprained rib cage or an inflammation in the lung lining. If this has been present for more than a week and not improving, ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Kenny Chuu
12 years experience Internal Medicine
Need further eval: Hi I recommend that you seek further eval as soon as possible in person with a local physician if your symptoms are severe or book a quick inbox consu ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerold Fadem
40 years experience Internal Medicine
SOB, asymetric chest: Either a collapsed lung( with unilateral atelectasis due to a central obstructing lesion) or a pneumothorax(possibly under "tension") or ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Murdock
53 years experience Radiation Oncology
Possibly: If ribs had to be taken to remove part of a lung, there could be deformity of the chest wall. Usally, though the chest wall doesn't look "caved in".
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
37 years experience Family Medicine
Neither: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run la ... Read More

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