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My ribs are hurting so bad like they are bruise can't touch them and no reason for them to hurt what could be causing this?

My ribs are hurting so bad like they are bruise can't touch them and no reason for them to hurt what could be causing this?

Chondritis?: You can develop an inflammatory condition of the costal cartilages that would cause pain of the anterior ribcage. ...Read more

Dr. Melissa Gowans
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So I fell asleep on the wrong side of the bed and my bf kicked my rib pretty hard it knocked the wind out of me no bruising but hurts a little?

So I fell asleep on the wrong side of the bed and my bf kicked my rib pretty hard it knocked the wind out of me no bruising but hurts a little?

Not sure what the: Question is. Please consider re-submitting with a specific question. Did he kick you deliberately? If accidental - ok. If deliberate - that is physical abuse and not acceptable. ...Read more

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My ribs hurt when I touch them-only in the front. The pain is excruciating. What could this be? After I touch a spot, it will bruise and hurt for days

My ribs hurt when I touch them-only in the front. The pain is excruciating. What could this be? After I touch a spot, it will bruise and hurt for days

Unusual: You are describing something which is unusual. Bruising from your touch alone makes one wonder if you might have a bleeding or clotting disorder. You should get that checked out. ...Read more

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Hot wheels box fell on me at work, hit my ribs, got bad pain immediately, still hurting hrs later, hurts when I breathe too, did I bruise it? No marks

Hot wheels box fell on me at work, hit my ribs, got bad pain immediately, still hurting hrs later, hurts when I breathe too, did I bruise it? No marks

Mgt: I would suggest a heating pad, rest and Motrin as needed. If you have any shortness of breath or trouble breathing, please visit the ED.
If you are still in pain after one day, please see your PCP. Most likely you did bruise the ribs/chest wall. ...Read more

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Sharp pain and bruising on 1 side of my ribs after a hard fall on concrete stairs. Should I get checked out? I can breathe even though it hurts badly.

Sharp pain and bruising on 1 side of my ribs after a hard fall on concrete stairs. Should I get checked out? I can breathe even though it hurts badly.

Its a good idea: To find out if you broke a rib since this will take 4-5 weeks to heal (There is no specific treatment except pain medication and ICE/HEAT)
Hope its just a bruise since this will feel better within a week!
Good luck and I hope this helps!
DrZ ...Read more

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Very tender lump/cyst/bruise thing about an inch from bottom of 11th rib, right side. Size of a dime, sometimes hurts on its own (sharp, quick pain w/breathing). .. Can't recall injury. Cause?

Several possiblities: The tender lump that causes pain can be due to several causes. These would include a cyst, abscess, growth, and others.
It should be evaluated by a physician soon.
In the meanwhile, you can try to apply moist heat and take Ibuprofen as needed. ...Read more

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I've had tenderness - like a bruise - at the bottom on my ribs for about a year now. When I sit down it mostly hurts. I also have asthma.

I've had tenderness - like a bruise - at the bottom on my ribs for about a year now. When I sit down it mostly hurts. I also have asthma.

Unlikely asthma: Asthma symptoms are cough, wheeze, shortness of breath, chest tightness and difficulty breathing. Rib tenderness would not be a symptom of asthma. Possibilities to explain rib pain are fracture from trauma or other muscle-skeletal issue involving bone or small joints where ribs connect. The pain with a certain motion points to the muscle or bone and not the lungs. ...Read more

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What is pain in ribs from? Especially on right side. Hurts to move, very sore to touch. Feels like I'm bruised but no bruises. Comes and goes every month

Costochondritis: This sounds like inflammation of the cartilage attaching your ribs to your sternum. Try taking naproxen or ibuprofen when you get it and see if it helps. Good Luck. ...Read more

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During a badminton game I hit my knee against my rib cage. Now my rib still hurts after one week. There is no bruising or breathing difficulty.

During a badminton game I hit my knee against my rib cage. Now my rib still hurts after one week. There is no bruising or breathing difficulty.

Bruised rib: You probably bruised your rib, which can be painful as you move your ribs every time you breath and with certain movements. It should get better in time, and if it does not, see your dr. For an eval, good luck. ...Read more

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Severe and burning pain under the left armpit on the ribs. Hurts w/ light touch, really bad pain when pushed on or twist. No visible bruise or rash.

Severe and burning pain under the left armpit on the ribs. Hurts w/ light touch, really bad pain when pushed on or twist. No visible bruise or rash.

Possibly shingles: Shingles starts out as a burning pain which is highly sensitive with no visible rash. The rash comes a few days later. You might also have some other type of infection. Shingles should be treated early with an antiviral to prevent scarring and neuralgia (nerve pain) that can be long-lasting. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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My right rib hurts under my breast. No bruise. No injury. Nausea-no vomiting. Causes?

My right rib hurts under my breast. No bruise. No injury. Nausea-no vomiting. Causes?

Muscular: You likely either hurt the muscle or bruised the bone, especially if it hurts to the touch. Would take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen for a few days to see if it gets better. If you have other symptoms or problems breathing you may need to see your doctor. It may take several weeks to go away ...Read more

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It hurts when I push the middle of my chest, but there's no bruise so what could it be?

It hurts when I push the middle of my chest, but there's no bruise so what could it be?

Possibly: Costochonditis, which is inflammation/irritation in that area. I would take some Tylenol/Ibuprofen to help. If this does not improve, see your doctor for further evaluation/work up. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I noticed two dime-sized yellow spots on my chest yesterday. When I press them, they do not hurt so I don't think they are bruises. What could they be?

I noticed two dime-sized yellow spots on my chest yesterday. When I press them, they do not hurt so I don't think they are bruises. What could they be?

Dime spots: If they remind you of a bruise that you may have had in the past they are still most likely to be bruises even if they do not hurt when pushing on them. If they persist or worsen or you feel worse please see your health provider. ...Read more

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Woke up Having pain middle chest bone area 2days now hurts like a sharp, bruise, heavy kinda feeling. When I take Deep breath feels heavy.

Woke up Having pain middle chest bone area 2days now hurts like a sharp, bruise, heavy kinda feeling. When I take Deep breath feels heavy.

Chest pain: There are a number of conditions that cause chest pain. The most serious is an acute cardiac event. Others are from costochondiritis, pneumonia, fluid in the lungs - to name a few. Evaluation by a physician is needed to determine the cause. ...Read more

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I recently, TooK A Punch To My Chest And Have A Bruise In Between My Breasts. It's Very Painful AND Hurts When I Breathe. ER? Or No?

I recently, TooK A Punch To My Chest And Have A Bruise In Between My Breasts. It's Very Painful AND Hurts When I Breathe. ER? Or No?

ER: It may be just bruised, but a sternal fracture is possible. With breathing difficulty, an ER is the place to be. Sounds like a police report is also in order. ...Read more

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20 year old upper chest pain. Feels like a bruise but have not done anything to cause it I sing and when I hit high notes pain also upper back hurts?

20 year old upper chest pain. Feels like a bruise but have not done anything to cause it I sing and when I hit high notes pain also upper back hurts?

Anything: Could be a problem with skin, nerves, muscle, shoulder, lung, heart, or stomach. See your doctor for a more thorough history, physical exam and further evaluation. ...Read more

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Severe chest pain for over 6mo. Every time I sneeze my chest feels like it's about to burst. Bend over, inhale, cough hurts as well. Bruises afterward?

Severe chest pain for over 6mo. Every time I sneeze my chest feels like it's about to burst. Bend over, inhale, cough hurts as well. Bruises afterward?

Chest wall problem: Hi. There is not enough information here to really guess at a cause. I wish we knew your age; that helps make some more or less likely. Your symptoms sound like some issue with the chest wall, which could include trauma, broken rib, costochondritis, pleuritis, etc, etc. It's been going on for 6 months...probably time to go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Had an EKG done my doc's office. The medical assistant pressed very hard on my chest (on the sternum&around it)to find the right locations for the electrodes. This hurt my chest a lot/caused bruises/pain/shortness of breath. Can this harm my heart/aorta?

Had an EKG done my doc's office. The medical assistant pressed very hard on my chest (on the sternum&around it)to find the right locations for the electrodes. This hurt my chest a lot/caused bruises/pain/shortness of breath. Can this harm my heart/aorta?

Musculoskeletal.: Your discomfort and shortness of breath are likely musculoskeletal due to the excessive pressure upon the muscles and bones of the chest wall. The MA would not have been able to press deep enough through the chest wall to affect the heart, lungs or aorta directly. But if your symptoms persist more than a few days then you should see the doctor. ...Read more

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What is the reason for invisible bruise like svere pain under right and left rib cage?

What is the reason for invisible bruise like svere pain under right and left rib cage?

Hard to say: There are multiple potential causes, you should consider being seen. Possible causes can incude an irritation of a nerve in the thoracic spine, an inflammatory condition involving the pancreas or the lining of the lung, and multiple other causes. A detailed exam and appropriate studies can usually sort out the cause. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Unexplained bruising on left under ribs. 3 painless bruises. No injury or other symptoms.?

Unexplained bruising on left under ribs. 3 painless bruises. No injury or other symptoms.?

Monitor: Hi, is this just a random thing or do you get unexplained bruises a lot? If it is the former, just monitor. You could have been bruised without sensing it at the time. If it is the latter, see a doctor for more work up. ...Read more

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