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What causes inflammation of the rib cage?

What causes inflammation of the rib cage?

Activity: Known as costochondritis. Can come on with increased activity. Some people prone. Don't think there is anything to do to prevent. ...Read more

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Inflammation (Definition)

Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more


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I feel like I have some kind of inflammation in my rib cage (particularly on my left side). What could cause it and what treatment is available?

Pleuritis/chondritis: Sounds like pleurisy which is an inflammation on the lining of your lungs. Actually quite common and caused by various infections or inflammation triggers. Typically antiinflammatories (aspirin, naproxen, etc) that are over the counter are helpful. In some people it can be more serious so if it is persistent or not helped by over the counter pain relievers, seek help. ...Read more

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What's the name of an inflammation of the muscles near your rib cage?

What's the name of an inflammation of the muscles near your rib cage?

Costochondritis: Pain/inflammation of the cartilage of the chest wall (specifically where the ribs attach to the breastbone) is called 'costochondritis'. 'tietze's syndrome' is another term for pain originating from the ribs/cartilage. ...Read more

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What can I do for this pain under my rib cage on my left side.. I read that this is due to inflammation of the spleen? Possible I have mono?

What can I do for this pain under my rib cage on my left side.. I read that this is due to inflammation of the spleen? Possible I have mono?

See your physician: While mono can be one cause of splenic enlargement, it needs to be determined whether your spleen is enlarged, or if your pain is due to another cause. You should be evaluated by your physician to determine the cause of your pain. ...Read more

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I've had chondritis in left rib cage, inflammation of the left eye, and my arms feel heavy and achy all in the past 6 months. What is going on?

I've had chondritis in left rib cage, inflammation of the left eye, and my arms feel heavy and achy all in the past 6 months. What is going on?

Need more informatio: This is something you need to discuss with your physician. There is a condition called Polychondritis which could also involve the eye. I cannot confirm that this is what you have but something you can discuss with your physician. Relapsing Polychondritis is a systemic process which can cause inflammation in a blood vessels called vasculitis ...Read more

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Sharp stabbing pain usually in the same part of rib cage only when breathing. this pain comes mostly when laying down on my side. I think the chiropractor or stomach infection/inflammation might have caused this not sure. had this for 2 years.

Sharp stabbing pain usually in the same part of rib cage only when breathing. this pain comes mostly when laying down on my side. I think the chiropractor or stomach infection/inflammation might have caused this not sure. had this for 2 years.

R/O COSTOCHONDRITIS: You need to be examined have blood work and ekg. If you had a recent viral infection , you may have a post infectious COSTOCHONDRITIS which usually responds to a course of prednisone with taper over 8dys. If this persists, topical voltaren gel and lidocaine patches can help. Lastly PRP(Platelet Rich Plasma injections can be extremely helpful with pain and healing. ...Read more

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I have inflamation under my right rib cage after my meals specially after eating oily foods ,chicken,egg etc.

I have inflamation under my right rib cage after my meals specially after eating oily foods ,chicken,egg etc.

Gallbladder: There are a number of potential causes and I would not hesitate to be seen. Having a problem with the gallbladder is one cause; which is located in the right upper quadrant and is often aggravated by eating greasy foods. ...Read more

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Upper back/neck pain from poor posture and lack of stretching.. Shortness of breath from rib cage restriction. Dizziness when standing. Inflammed back?

Upper back/neck pain from poor posture and lack of stretching.. Shortness of breath from rib cage restriction. Dizziness when standing. Inflammed back?

Out of balance: You may be deficient in 25-oh vit d3, magnesium and vit k2. Dizziness on standing can come from low blood pressure. Heat, topical magnesium oil and gentle stretching are all helpful for pain and stiffness. Getting a good night sleep, eating healthy unprocessed foods every 3 hours while awake , moving through the day , and lowering stress will help restore balance. ...Read more

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Been having a lot of rib cage pain hurts when i push on my ribs what could it be?

Been having a lot of rib cage pain  hurts when i push on my ribs what could it be?

Cause, see physician: Musculoskeletal trauma (knowingly or unaware) is common cause including muscle strains, rib contusions or fractures. Costochondritis or inflammation in anterior ribs can be quite painful and is self limiting. Shingles, viral infection, most often appears as a single stripe of blisters that can wrap around torso in distribution of rib. Pleurisy, inflammation of lining of lungs, can cause rib pain. ...Read more

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