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Inflammation Of Rib Cage
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
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
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?
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
Dear Dr. I have a back pain that has lasted me for the past two weeks. Its in my rib cage at the back. I have had taken some inflamation meds?
Need more history: Did you injure the back at all. You need to give a good history. And if the problems persist. See a doctor. ...Read more
Two weeks ago I fell on my right side hurting my rib cage. Had some xrays done they said just bruised and inflammed ribs however not getting better?
See below: It takes several weeks to heel. If it persists, return to your doctor. ...Read more
When I put my hand under my left rib cage I feel that it is inflammed abit. I have bronchitiis (viral) and want to know what this is?
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
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
Try stretching: To see if this helps or hurts. Raising your arms over head while back is arched will open spaces and if it is a muscle injury, will reproduce pain. If not, may be intercostal neuritis. If it is, there are injections that can calm this down. Either way, if it continues, consider seeing a physician for treatment plan. Hope that helps! ...Read more
See answer below: If your rib cage is sticking out you probably have another condition of the spine call scoliosis (spine curvature)you need to check it out with your physician and determine why your rib cage is deformed. Some times when the deformity is small some postural exercises may help. ...Read more
You could have pulled a muscle. On the other hand, this could be from something under the chest or abdominal wall.
Try a warm compress or ice pack. If symptoms persist, X rays, labs and possible Cat scan of abdomen and chest may be needed at your doctor's discretion ...Read more
Injury?: Bruised nerves that control movement cause weakness of the muscle. Bruised feeling nerves cause numbness and tingling, and these sensations can be uncomfortable. They usually try to get better unless there is an ongoing problem such as pressure, trauma, inflammation. See a doctor if it continues or worsens. ...Read more
See a doctor for-: -evaluation. Tests may be needed as well as a hands on exam, , aswell as a good history. The causes can be many there are so many organs in that area as well as possibility of referred pain ...Read more
Catamenial pneumotho: While the association between menstrual periods and chest pain is more usually coincidental, catamenial pneumothorax needs to be ruled out. Would recommend to talk to your doctor, and if necessary a pulmonologist. Catamenial pneumothorax is still a rare condition and in your case anxiety associated with menstruation might also be possible. ...Read more
Possibilities: Pain under your right rib cage can be due to irritation of your lung lining, or pleura. This pain is called pleurisy. It can be from inflammation of unknown source, or it can be from pneumonia or bronchitis where the cough causes irritation. In some instances, cancers can cause that pain, as can a blood clot in the lung. However, gallbladder pain can also. So please see your doctor soon. ...Read more
Many causes: Pain under the rib cage can be due to many causes. Common causes are muscular pain in the abdominal wall, cramp in the diaphragm muscle, gall bladder or liver disease and stomach problems. Only a detailed history and exam can determine the likely cause of your pain. You should see your family md. ...Read more
Determine cause 1st: Most of the time cough can cause rib pain fro the trauma of coughing. One needs to determine the cause of the coug as well. Occ someone will fracture a rib from a severe cough. Talk to your doctor and deterimne cause of the cough and they may prescribe an anti inflammatory medication for this. ...Read more
Rib pain: Real pain after coughing is most commonly due to straining of the muscles of the chest wall and can be treated with anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen and heating pads or other comfort measures. It is important however to differentiate this from chest pains that might be of cardiac origin. If you feel that you're having pain behind your breastbone associate with the shortness of breath sweats weakness radiation down the arm or other signs of a heart attack please take medical attention immediately. ...Read more