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The last 10days i've had mid spine/rib (right side) pain only when i sleep. when im up there is no problems. lying down an exhaling also causes pain. ?

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Dr. John Grobman answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

Pain with breathing implies involvement of ribs or diaphragm. Most likely is muscular pain, but if this continues beyond another week or so or worsens you should see a physician. In meantime, try rest and anti-inflammatories.

Answered Nov 21, 2020

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Dr. Adam Lewis answered

Specializes in Neurosurgery

The pain is coming from where the rib head inserts of the spine. There are a number of causes for this pain ranging from heavy lifting, shingles or a rultured disc. It is important to be evaluated by a spine surgeon who may recommend an MRI of the thoracic spine prior to initiating treatment.

Answered Apr 1, 2023

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