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A 16-year-old female asked:

my ribs have been tingling and also have back pain from time to time, what should i do?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management 14 years experience
Rib nerve issue: Two things come to mind. 1) intercostal neuralgia/neuritis where the nerves that run under each rib are damaged. A simple injection with fluoroscopy can help. 2) thoracic spine radiculopathy: the nerves coming out of the mid-back provide the sensation to the skin wrapping from the mid-back around to the front of the chest. If the nerve is inflamed or "pinched" is will cause pain or numbness.
Dr. Samantha Brown-Parks
Family Medicine 24 years experience
See a doctor: This could be a sign of a pinched nerve, but requires examination by a doctor.

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