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A 18-year-old female asked:

I've had tenderness - like a bruise - at the bottom on my ribs for about a year now. when i sit down it mostly hurts. i also have asthma.

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Unlikely asthma: Asthma symptoms are cough, wheeze, shortness of breath, chest tightness and difficulty breathing. Rib tenderness would not be a symptom of asthma. Possibilities to explain rib pain are fracture from trauma or other muscle-skeletal issue involving bone or small joints where ribs connect. The pain with a certain motion points to the muscle or bone and not the lungs.

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Last updated Oct 4, 2016

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