A 22-year-old female asked:
I get sharp pain on the left side of my ribcage just below my cleavage for about 15 seconds when i sneeze or cough. should i be concerned?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
General Surgery 39 years experience
Usually not: If the pain goes away quickly on its own and no other symptoms are present, would not be worried. Most likely inflammation of the cartilage in the rib cage (medical name costochronditis), Due to old trauma, a violent sneeze, lifting something heavy for example, arthritis in the area, viral infections, fungal infection, very rarely cancer. Try motrin/advil for a couple months, IF persistent, see MD
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
1.5k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Mar 8, 2016
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$44 video appointments with $19/month membership*
*Billed $57 every 3 months. Cancel anytime.
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.