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A 21-year-old female asked:

I have sharp stabbing pain all over the left breast/shoulder/rib cage. it hurts at all times and sometimes feel like burning. i believe it is due to gas from poor nutrition. is there any suggestive otcs? the pain is so bad i can't function normally

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Dr. Ralph Boling
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Antacids: might help, but this sounds like an exam with your doctor is the best way to get this figured out and treated.
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Rib cage pain: I'm reluctant to consider this a symptom of any digestive disorder, but would suspect entities like pinched or inflamed intercostal nerve, inflammation of joint between rib and breast bone, rib pathology or impingement of a nerve root by a spur or disc pathology in the upper spine. Start with an examination by your physician. Appropriate tests and then probable referral to a specialist advised.

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Last updated Aug 20, 2019

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