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A 19-year-old male asked:

What causes aches in side ribs below armpits? this ache often appears in lower ribs near breastbone, both sides of chest, and spreads to the upper back & shoulder blades?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
In the absence of injuries and obvious inflammation, aches in essentially your entire rib cage may be caused by fibromyalgia or an autoimmune disorder. I recommend consulting a rheumatologist for evaluation,testing and treatment advice.

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Last updated Jun 10, 2021

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