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What is causing the painless "purring" sensation in my left rib cage? Anxiety?

What is causing the painless "purring" sensation in my left rib cage? Anxiety?

No,,, most likely: Always qualified... rib cage "purring", etc... needs primary care evaluation first. Anxiety can be effectively diagnosed and cared for by primary care and it is wise to have immediately treatable other possible causes looked at first. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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I keep having a sharp pain off and on, on the left side of my rib cage what can cause this. I am generally healthy I have an anxiety disorder.?

I keep having a sharp pain off and on, on the left side of my rib cage what can cause this. I am generally healthy I have an anxiety disorder.?

Get it checked: Your mention of an anxiety disorder suggests you might be wondering if your pain is anxiety related. It COULD be. But, the first order of business is to get it checked out by a physician. Some people with anxieties are hyper attuned to sensations in their bodies, including aches and pains. If your physician doesn't find anything it might be helpful to talk with a psychologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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I've got an unexplained pain on the far left side on my rib cage, (not on the front) It also feels like there is a lump there. Also lots of anxiety.

I've got an unexplained pain on the far left side on my rib cage, (not on the front) It also feels like there is a lump there. Also lots of anxiety.

See a doctor: You are having costochondritis, which is inflammation in the cartilage part of the ribs that cause a lot of pain.
apply heat pad.
take ibuprofen 600-800 mg every 8 hours with meal.
see your doctor for either anxiety medicine, or a muscle relaxant. ...Read more

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My right rib cage pain is starting to give me panic attacks...Pls help? What is this? Is this due to my anxiety? Thsnksss

My right rib cage pain is starting to give me panic attacks...Pls help? What is this? Is this due to my anxiety? Thsnksss

Anticipation of pain: Often, panic attacks result from anticipation of panic attacks. It is a terrible vicious spiral of anticipation of pain or a panic attack, which then results in a panic attack. Ssris like zoloft, prozac, celexa, or Lexapro (escitalopram) can be helpful in treatment of panic disorder, as well as psychotherapy for anxiety disorders. ...Read more

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Can a rubbery immovable lump on my rib cage be cancer? I'm having serious anxiety about this, as I've just had a baby.

Can a rubbery immovable lump on my rib cage be cancer? I'm having serious anxiety about this, as I've just had a baby.

Yes, but unlikely: Please go see a surgeon for an evaluation. Don't overthink this and worry too much. ...Read more

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I have pressure in my left rib cage and pain in my back, I was diagnosised with anxiety and im convinced I have everything that can be wrong is this pressure from my anxiety or do I have a tumor? And my left ribs stick out.

I have pressure in my left rib cage and pain in my back, I was diagnosised with anxiety and im convinced I have everything that can be wrong is this pressure from my anxiety or do I have a tumor? And my left ribs stick out.

If sxs r new see PCP: If your back pain, rib cage pain and your ribs sticking out are all a recent occurrence, see your primary care physician (pcp) for an evaluation to determine the cause of this. However, anxiety can present with a lot of aches and pain especially if there is constant worry. ...Read more

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Burning between rib cage with gurgling stomach. Going through bad divorce so high anxiety and constant worry?

Burning between rib cage with gurgling stomach. Going through bad divorce so high anxiety and constant worry?

Panic anxiety: It's a challenging stressful time that can lead to worsening of anxiety and present with physical symtoms too. At young age with no other risk factors cardiac or GI issues are unlikely get a consult to resolve the anxiety possible with meds and therapy hope feel better and go through this crisis without much challenges ...Read more

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I've been having weird gurgling in my chest (left side) snd what feels like muscle spasms under rib cage...What could it be? I have anxiety&stress

I've been having weird gurgling in my chest (left side) snd what feels like muscle spasms under rib cage...What could it be? I have anxiety&stress

See your doctor: Your symptoms may be signs of something significantly wrong. One cannot tell without a complete history, physical and possible lab/imaging tests. Follow with your doctor as soon as you can. Things that can cause pains in chest and ribcage include heartburn, pneumonia, gallbladder problems, liver disease, kidney problems, heart attacks, or blood clots. ...Read more

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Upper back & rib cage pain all day. Now 1 sharp pain between breasts over to right & straight through to back. Felt like electricity. Cardiac anxiety!

Upper back & rib cage pain all day. Now 1 sharp pain between breasts over to right & straight through to back. Felt like electricity. Cardiac anxiety!

Not typical: This is not typical for cardiac pain or disease, but you do want to talk with your physician about it. You could be experiencing some digestive issues, including stomach, gall bladder, or pancreas. Depending on severity and whether you're able to contact your physician on the weekend (today is saturday) you may need to be seen in an emergency room. ...Read more

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Left/upper rib cage pain for 6 weeks, rib cage sticks out. Any ideas? Docs say posture/anxiety related. Blood test shows low platlet count. X-ray soon

X-rays is the answer: If there is swelling and pain, x-rays is the best way to check if there is underlying bone tumor. In that case both symptoms will be increasing progressively. ...Read more

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I've been in an abusive relationship. Have a divorce hearing coming up in a week and I've noticed I am starting to have unbearable anxiety plus burning pain below rib cage? Worry constant.

I've been in an abusive relationship. Have a divorce hearing coming up in a week and I've noticed I am starting to have unbearable anxiety plus burning pain below rib cage? Worry constant.

See your doctor: Your stress may be leading to other problems, such as ulcer disease. You also may need some help with your anxiety. It sounds like a good time to get support from your physician. All the best. ...Read more

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Chronic anxiety causing rounded shoulders and my rib cage feels like it can't expand when I breathe. My upper back muscles have been sore for months.

Treat anxiety & PT: I would undergo counseling to identify and treat the source of your anxiety. You may also benefit from a physical therapist for exercises regarding posture and muscle training. ...Read more

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I keep getting twitches by my left rib cage and in my leg stomach and sometimes my back I have health anxiety and it's scaring me. It's not everyday?

I keep getting twitches by my left rib cage and in my leg stomach and sometimes my back I have health anxiety and it's scaring me. It's not everyday?

Random twitches: That do not follow any known anatomical pathway or sequence are highly unlikely to be from a disorder of the central nervous system, peripheral nervous system, neuromuscular junction or muscle fibers. What can hurt you - & your fetus, should you become pregnant - is chronic anxiety. Ask your GP for referral to a psychiatrist & a psychologist for proper evaluation, therapy & possible medications. ...Read more

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I'm having anxiety attacks while relaxing, no racing thoughts, my rib cage tightens - my body feels like someone is holding a knife to my throat?

I'm having anxiety attacks while relaxing, no racing thoughts, my rib cage tightens - my body feels like someone is holding a knife to my throat?

Panic attacks often: Last a couple of minutes to around 10 mins. Sx’s can include a sense of severe anxiety or panic as well as chest tightness or pain & a rapid or pounding heartbeat. There could also be areas of numbness or pins and needles type sensation. A person can experience hot flashes or chills &perspire heavily. There may be a tickle sensation in the stomach or nausea. When a person has a panic attack they. ...Read more

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Been experiencing soreness in my calves along with fatigue and sometimes anxiety/sweating/dull pain below left rib cage. Had angioplasty 4 yrs ago.

Been experiencing soreness in my calves along with fatigue and sometimes anxiety/sweating/dull pain below left rib cage. Had angioplasty 4 yrs ago.

Occlusion of vessel: I would worry first and foremost about the partial or total blockade of arteries that supply the heart and the leg. You might be experiencing angina pectoris and claudication. Pain due to not having enough blood (oxygen) to the tissue and. The tissues deprived of oxygen and other nutrients will be injured (hypoxia), this will result exertional or rest l pain depending the degree of occlusio. ...Read more

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Can anxiety and worry cause skunk smelling poo, diarrhoea, chronic stomach pain, rib cage pain?

Can anxiety and worry cause skunk smelling poo, diarrhoea, chronic stomach pain, rib cage pain?

Check with your MD: Yes, anxiety can cause a variety of physical symptoms, including vague aches and pains, and occasional diarrhea. But symptoms you describe could also be signs of a serious physical illness. You could have GI illness like spastic colon or Crohn's disease, or pancreatitis, or a tumor. Please see your physician soon for a physical workup and lab tests. If everything checks out OK, treat anxiety. ...Read more

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Tightness in chest, sometimes my left rib cage feels tight, gas problems, loss of appetite, nausea. My blood and urine tests came normal. Anxiety?

Tightness in chest, sometimes my left rib cage feels tight, gas problems, loss of appetite, nausea. My blood and urine tests came normal. Anxiety?

May be: You may be depressed. It would be prudent to consult your doctor, because if it is due to depression, there are effective treatments for this illness. Depression is not a moral failing, just a chemical imbalance in the brain.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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What causes the rib cage to grow?

What causes the rib cage to grow?

Contents within: The chest grows at a programmed rate from birth 2 accommodate the organs within. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of the rib cage?

What is the purpose of the rib cage?

Multiple: The rib cages protects your heart and lungs from blunt trauma that otherwise might injure them. It maintains the size of the lung cavity and provides sites of orgin and insertion for a variety of muscles that assist with your breathing. ...Read more

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What could be causing pain in my rib cage?

Pain: Many things. Among them, your rib could be broken. You could have an infection. The pain could come from something other than your rib. Cancer might do it. Pain from the lung, heart, sternum, liver, spleen, diaphragm... Maybe a more specific question could be better answered here. ...Read more

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I have a pain in between the v in my rib cage?

I have a pain in between the v in my rib cage?

GB, ulcer, GERD?: Gb attacks usually follow a fatty meal. Gerd, esophagitis, gastritis & ulcers r also culprits 4 these symptoms. Get in 2 c a GI specialist 4 eval & possibly some testing. ...Read more

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What is causing my rib cage to feel like it was crushed?

What is causing my rib cage to feel like it was crushed?

Crushed??: If this means difficulty expanding and chest tightness, then a lot of things can do it including asthma, copd, cough leading to chest muscle pains, dyspnea, restrictive lung disease. And I can go on and on... Idea is to see a pulmonary specialist and get a work up done. ...Read more

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My rib cage is very weak?

My rib cage is very weak?

Be more specific: Pl include as much info in your question as allowed to help us, help you. ...Read more

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Numbness in left rib cage?

Numbness in left rib cage?

Nerve problem: Possibilities: pinched nerve in back, bulging disc, early (pre-rash) shingles, traumatic neuropraxia (bruised nerve), tumor, heart attack, other.
It's worth seeing a physician about.
Go to er immediately for any chest pain. ...Read more

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Body organs under rib cage?

Body organs under rib cage?

Organs under the rib: The main organs inder the ribs are the lungs, liver, spleen and partially in the back the kidneys ...Read more

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Pain & swelling left rib cage?

Rib pain: The rib cage does not often become painful and swollen, unless there was some direct injury to the area (rib fracture/contusion) or some indirect sprain/strain to the muscle/ligament structures (costochondritis...). There can be soft tissue masses (and rarely bony) that can present with such symptoms, so please get evaluated. ...Read more

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My chest and rib cage really hurt?

See your doctor: Symptoms like these are best deterimed by a thorough evaluation by your physician. Based on his/her findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you. ...Read more