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Could broken ribs cause arthritis 18 years later?

Could broken ribs cause arthritis 18 years later?

Not likely: The broken ribs usually don't cause arthritis. They only have articulations, or joints, where they meet your spine and sternum. It is extremely rare, and not reported to my knowledge. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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I have constant muscle tightness in entire back, mostly shoulders and chest. Arthritis and fibromyalgia ruled out. What else could cause this?

I have constant muscle tightness in entire back, mostly shoulders and chest. Arthritis and fibromyalgia ruled out. What else could cause this?

Tight shoulders/ches: Consider reflux, for which prevecid, ranitidine may help or gallbladder (check sonongram), versus aching from exercise, or costochondritis from mycoplasma infection (zithroimax may help if not allergic). f/u with doctor/urgent care ...Read more

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I am a 53 year old female and have excessive burping. Tried every OTC medication and also ginger root to no avail. I have been to my dr. And he says that I could have soft tissue disease due to having rheumatoid arthritis. When I burp my chest hurts. I do

I am a 53 year old female and have excessive burping. Tried every OTC medication and also ginger root to no avail. I have been to my dr. And he says that I could have soft tissue disease due to having rheumatoid arthritis. When I burp my chest hurts. I do

Hello.: Hello. I am not answering with a differential diagnosis. Burping can be quite painful and bothersome. Medical acupuncture can be very effective for burping. If there is an underlying medical condition, it won't fix that but it might provide some relief between now and when you see the doctor. Take care. ...Read more

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I've had high CRP for a year now, clear chest X-ray, no arthritis markers. I am tired and have muscle aches. What is next in my treatment?

I've had high CRP for a year now, clear chest X-ray, no arthritis markers. I am tired and have muscle aches. What is next in my treatment?

Rheumatologist: Go see a rheumatologist or a good internal med doc for a thorough work-up. You need further blood testing done to rule out myosotis, etc. ...Read more

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How long can stiff neck and upper back chest pain last from Myofacial pain? Normal EMG/Mild Scoliosis. Mild disc bulge c5. Can arthritis cause pain

How long can stiff neck and upper back chest pain last from Myofacial pain? Normal EMG/Mild Scoliosis. Mild disc bulge c5. Can arthritis cause pain

A long time can occu: Techniques to help myofascial pain includes rest, and exercise. Local massage may also be helpful. This is a long-term program it will come and go and the better you can stay in condition the better your myofascial pain will do. ...Read more

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Had X-ray of chest. Chest is fine but spine showed "mild arthritis! " im only 32! have untreated anxiety n now terrified over this. What will happen?

Had X-ray of chest. Chest is fine but spine showed "mild arthritis! " im only 32! have untreated anxiety n now terrified over this. What will happen?

Incidental finding: Sometimes when a doctor orders a test looking to make sure there is no lung problem for instance, the radiologist notices something on the x-ray that is completely unrelated to the reason the test was done in the first place. We call that an "incidental finding". If it wasn't a problem for you in the first place, try not to worry about it. ...Read more

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Can arthritis in my back affect my arms and chest as in pain wise or maybe the nerves perspective of it?

Can arthritis in my back affect my arms and chest as in pain wise or maybe the nerves perspective of it?

Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis of the lumbar spine (low back) can not affect the arms. Most likely if you have arthritis in the lumbar spine then you can also have osteoarthritis of the cervical spine (neck). This would affect your arms. A cervical spine x-ray/mri can determine if you have cervical spine spinal stenosis caused by arthritis. Good luck. ...Read more

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My chest and bones in my legs hurt when it's cold sometimes. Is this arthritis?

My chest and bones in my legs hurt when it's cold sometimes. Is this arthritis?

Maybe: Arthritis can certainly cause aching which is worse in cold weather but so can other disorders such as a low thyroid. Assume nothing. Have the problem evaluated. ...Read more

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Aching under breast on ribs when I get up it is worse, usually both sides I am overweight, could it be that? DR. said it is arthritis

Aching under breast on ribs when I get up it is worse, usually both sides I am overweight, could it be that? DR. said it is arthritis

Overweight could...: 75 y/o says, Aching under breast on ribs when I get up it is worse, ...I am overweight... The overweight could be a contributing factor. As could be poorly fitting clothing; too tight or too loose bras etc. Exercise and frequent change of position especially if one is sedentary. 75 is still young to begin new fitness activities. Of course arthritis is a possibility but not so likely ...Read more

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My mid upper back started aching in may after losing weight from diet. I had MRI an chest xray showed arthritis and bulging disc. Could this b cancer?

My mid upper back started aching in may after losing weight from diet. I had MRI an chest xray showed arthritis and bulging disc. Could this b cancer?

Upper back pain: Pain while losing weight is usually associated with other factors surrounding the weight loss. Are you exercising in addition to changing your diet. Exercise can give you myofascial complaints especially when you have some discussion pathology. The diagnosis of cancer is not high on the differential considering you age, complaint, and recent imaging findings. ...Read more

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I have Arthritis in my neck, I have no pain in the neck at this time, but did about 4 days ago, can you have referred pain in upper chest/shoulder.?

I have Arthritis in my neck, I have no pain in the neck at this time, but did about 4 days ago, can you have referred pain in upper chest/shoulder.?

Yes: neck pain from degenerative disc disease or 'arthritis ' can lead to nerve 'impingement ' and 'referred' pain to the shoulder, and less frequently, the chest. My advice would be to see your family physician to make certain of the origin of the pain (neck, shoulder, heart??)is identifiable. This requires a history, thorough physical examination, and if needed, further diagnostic tests. Good Luck! ...Read more

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Chest hurts when I move and is always stiff, ribs tender to touch. Shoulders bad too. Rheum says likely due to my psoriatic arthritis, what can help?

Chest hurts when I move and is always stiff, ribs tender to touch. Shoulders bad too. Rheum says likely due to my psoriatic arthritis, what can help?

Psoriatic pain: Hi pamela, I expect you are on immune suppressives and analgesia.These usually keep things at bay. However, it seems yours is not. Believe it or not, yoga, daily stretching, and exercise can be extremely helpful. Start slow as you will likely have some discomfort. However, as time goes by and you continue to stretch and exercise, you will have some improvement. Talk with your doctor, before you start ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more