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Started out feeling like a side ache for the first day. Then i got sharp pains when breathing in my lower left rib cage area. Hurts to lay on sides.?

Started out feeling like a side ache for the first day. Then i got sharp pains when breathing in my lower left rib cage area. Hurts to lay on sides.?

See your physician.: What you are describing sounds like pain related to the muscles or bones of the ribs, which resolves with rest and over the counter pain medication. But i recommend seeing your physician who can do a full history and physical exam to make sure there is a not a different specific cause that needs attention. ...Read more

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Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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What makes sporadic sharp pain under left rib cage when breathing?

What makes sporadic sharp pain under left rib cage when breathing?

See below: You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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What could be causing sharp pain in the center rib cage when breathing in deeply?

What could be causing sharp pain in the center rib cage when breathing in deeply?

Lots of things: Most chest pain of the sort you describe comes either from the chest wall (ribs, sternum) or the lining of the lungs (the pleura). The lungs have no pain sensory nerves, and therefore (in spite of how often we hear of it) its never accurate to state that your "lungs hurt". Sore muscles can also cause these symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes upper right rib cage/back hurt while breathing?

What causes upper right rib cage/back hurt while breathing?

Could be: pneumonia, pleurisy, pulmonary embolism, pneumothorax, gallbladder attack, kidney infection, or even shingles. Impossible to tell for sure without exam and tests. Get to a doctor asap. ...Read more

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Very sharp pain in upper right rib cage when deep breathing. Dangerous?

Very sharp pain in upper right rib cage when deep breathing. Dangerous?

May be or not: Any severe pain warrants examination by a health care providers. It may be just rib pain or from lungs or liver/gall bladder.If this persists, I would like you to go see a doc. ...Read more

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I am having pain on right side. Hurts to press on outside near rib cage. Hurts on the inside when breathing in.?

Pleuritic psin: What your describing is pleuritic pain or pain with an inspiration . This is generally not cardiac in nature and may represent anything from muscle or rib pain to inflammation of the lung lining . Try some advil (ibuprofen) and see your doc. ...Read more

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Pain on left side of rib cage (no physical injury, but swelling), even on deep breathing. Localized on touching. Had a bike accident 2 days back.

Possible fracture.: It is possible to fracture a rib or just bruise it up pretty well. Sometimes the pain can be severe. As long as you are not having any shortness of breath (excluding that due to sharp pain with inspiration) you will heal. There is no real benefit to having rib xrays as the treatment will be the same -avoid injuring it while it heals. ...Read more

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Sharp pain while breathing in . . . Something wrong in the rib cage?

Sharp pain while breathing in . . . Something wrong in the rib cage?

Most likely in chest: You may have a problem with your lungs such as pneumonia, or irritation of the coverig of the lungs which is called pleurisy. If you didnt have trauma to your rib cage, it most likely is not bone related. You should see a physician to get an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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My wife is having sporadic pain on her left side just under the rib cage she's not having any trouble breathing or anything like that.

More info: What is precipitated cause? Duration of pain? Aleaviating factors. If you could provide more info i will provide you with a better diagnosis. ...Read more

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Hello, I have been struggling with difficulty breathing for past 3 months. I was told I have asthma and a rib cage out of place. Please help me!

Hello, I have been struggling with difficulty breathing for past 3 months. I was told I have asthma and a rib cage out of place. Please help me!

Speak with doc: I am sorry to hear about the breathing and the asthma. If you were diagnosed with asthma you need medication to control the asthma during episodes when you can't breath and medication to decreases the chances of having these episodes. The rib cage being out of place is a little bit confusing, did a Doctor tell you about this? I would suggest you visit a Doctor to help you manage these problems. ...Read more

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Slight pain left side of back below rib cage spreading up to shoulders worse when standing and active deep breathing makes me cough and feels cold?

Tough: How long has problem occurred ? Could be many causes. Early shingles, spasms between ribs, irritation at rib/cartilage junction, something going on in lung base, somatic (muscles and connective tissue). You are going to need to get this one checked out. ...Read more

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Slight pain left side of back below rib cage spreading up to shoulders worse when standing and active deep breathing makes me cough and feels cold?

Pain below rib cage: Could be gas in colon or lung issues infection versus clot, ( especially if on birth control and smoke) , or spleen if had injury, or kidney stone / or gastritis / GERD. Since there is concern o f clot would f/u/ w/ doc / urgent care ER today. ...Read more

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I have sharp pain under my chest, left rib cage, its discomfort, feels warm and hurts more when breathing deep and turning and lying on that side ???

I have sharp pain under my chest, left rib cage, its discomfort, feels warm and hurts more when breathing deep and turning and lying on that side ???

Chest pains: There are many possible causes for a chest pains like lung problems, muscle pain and gastrointestinal problems. Regardless, chest pain with shoulders pains, is always a red flag and visit to a PCP and cardiologist is warranted. ...Read more

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Right shoulder pain and pain under right rib cage. Worse when breathing, worse at night. Please help?

Right shoulder pain and pain under right rib cage. Worse when breathing, worse at night. Please help?

Varies: There are many potential causes. An irritation of a nerve in the mid back can cause pain that radiates around one side of the trunk. Gallbladder, lung, and kidney problems can also cause similar symptoms. Consider being checked. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Constricted breathing from musculoskeletal tension. When breathing deeply through my diaphragm it feels like my rib cage won't expand fully.

Muscles: In the best case scenario, it is likely a muscle strain to the ribs. In rare instances, decreased diaphragm excursion may be associated with a rheumatologic condition called ankylosing spondylitis. If you have increase musculoskeletal issues, consider eval by a physician as discuss possible lab tests for ankylosing spondylitis. ...Read more