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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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During jogging, I can feel right chest area start to tighten and slight internal pain but no visible bruise can be seen. Can also be felt by pressing?

During jogging, I can feel right chest area start to tighten and slight internal pain but no visible bruise can be seen. Can also be felt by pressing?

See your doctor imme: Tightness in your chest while exercising could represent a serious medical condition regarding your heart. You should contact and see your doctor right away. ...Read more

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I am having bruising on my inner thighs and legs. There has been no trauma done to my legs. I am taking Aleve (naproxen) for non severe chest pains.

I am having bruising on my inner thighs and legs. There has been no trauma done to my legs. I am taking Aleve (naproxen) for non severe chest pains.

Could be the alleve: I hope your non-severe chest pain is not involving your heart. As far as the bruising is concerned, alleve and other drugs in the NSAID class (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) can cause your blood to take longer to clot and small blood vessel bleeding as well as stomach bleeding. Not sure how long you have been taking alleve but it should not be used on a regular basis. ...Read more

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Why do it feel like I bruises my ribs when I touch them?, been like this for years n they ach like crazy

Why do it feel like I bruises my ribs when I touch them?, been like this for years n they ach like crazy

C an osteopathic Dr.: You may benefit from seeing an osteopathic physician, who specializes in doing a musculoskeletal examination of your head, neck, back, sacrum, hips upper, and lower extremities, and ribs to see if there is a structural or postural component playing into this. S/he can also check for scoliosis, and any other possible structural issues, or deformities. It may be something simple to treat, so don't delay. ...Read more

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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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For a week now I have had a very tender bruise like pain on my right side rib cage and in the middle right side of my back. What could this be from?

For a week now I have had a very tender bruise like pain on my right side rib cage and in the middle right side of my back. What could this be from?

Mid back pain: This is very common if you have nerve root irritated. A rib fracture or trauma irritate the nerve nearby, or herpes dermatitis may also induce such kind symptom. If the pain persists, you would be better to see you primary physician. ...Read more

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Is it musculoskeletal problem if I've left chest pain that's quite localised n when I press on the last right ribs it's like bruise. Had been coughing.

Mgt: You may have strained musculature due to the cough. If the cough is resolved and the pain persists or is associated with other symptoms, I would recommend a chest radiograph and PCP visit.
In the meantime, please apply a heating pad to the area. ...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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My son had bruises that just appeared all over his rib cage and back, I took him to the emergency room and when we got there they were gone. I don't u?

My son had bruises that just appeared all over his rib cage and back, I took him to the emergency room and when we got there they were gone. I don't u?

Doubt bruises: True bruises don't disappear.Hives are an allergic phenomenon that can come up in patches and disappear over several hours. They are usually a deeper skin color than regular skin, but not purple like a bruise. ...Read more

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Hello docs. I was wondering can vomiting bruise ribs?

Hello docs. I was wondering can vomiting bruise ribs?

Unlikely: The muscles involved in vomiting are entirely internal and do not involve the chest wall. Unless in the act of vomiting you fell accidentally against something. Coughing can cause rib pain but coughing involves the muscles of the ribs. ...Read more

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A week ago was racing go carts & hit about 30mph to the back. I got a huge bruise on back rib area. Pain standing up or lying flat. What do I do?

This is obvious: You need to have an exam. Whether or not you need imaging depends on the findings of your exam and history. See a doctor, and allow a trained clinical expert to provide you with the care they have trained for years to be able to render. Best wishes! ...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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What is the reason for invisible bruise like svere pain under right and left rib cage on frontside?

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

Can't answer: Need more details to answer. I recommend seeing a physician so this can be properly evaluated. ...Read more

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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

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Have pain on both sides, more severely on the right side, at the front of my body just under my ribs/bottom of my ribs. Feels like severe bruising?

Have pain on both sides, more severely on the right side, at the front of my body just under my ribs/bottom of my ribs. Feels like severe bruising?

Possibility: I wonder if it's something called costochondritis, which is inflammation of the cartilage in between your ribs which can feel an awful lot like bruising. The other anatomy around there would not make sense bilaterally to both be feeling the same way. Have you tried any OTC meds? I might try 500mg naproxen twice daily and heat to the area. See your doc if no better after a couple of days. ...Read more

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For the past 3 weeks I have had pain on my right side where my ribs are. No external bruising or difficulty breathing with this. Very sensitive.

Benign but see doc: Tenderness near the sternum is typically due to inflammation of cartilage- especially in your age group. Try topical anti inflammatory. However it is better if u see a provider to confirm. May be you need to treated with NSAID, if other things are ruled out. ...Read more

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I've been having pain on my top right rib when I breathe and when I put pressure on it for about a week. There's no bruise and I didn't get injured?

Pain, tenderness: Pain and tenderness in that region, in the absence of trauma and strain, may be due to some mild inflammation of a rib cage muscle or nerve. Pleurisy or an actual lung infection usually has associated cough or accentuated Sharp pain on deep breath. If symptoms persist or worsen see your physician who may order an xray if deemed advisable after his/her examination. ...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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I have at it for about a year now and it's not really a huge bruise just slightly darker than everywhere else and it goes from the start of my ribs almost to the start of my back? I looked up pictures of hemangioma and it doesn't look like anything I saw?

I have at it for about a year now and it's not really a huge bruise just slightly darker than everywhere else and it goes from the start of my ribs almost to the start of my back? I looked up pictures of hemangioma and it doesn't look like anything I saw?

Not a bruise: Anything that has been around for a year is not a bruise it would be unusual for an hemamgioma to. Appear and. Grow that fast see a dermatologist do tou have "bruising"'anywhere. Else? ...Read more

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Can you bruise ribs from coughing?

Can you bruise ribs from coughing?

Yes: Violent, continual coughing may bruise a rib or rarely even fracture one. ...Read more

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What are some reasons for pain in rib cage area? Its just on on side and feels like a bruise.

Costochondritis mayb: Trauma or injury obviously, but you would have reported that! Sometimes even "minor" truma or even exercise or activity can cause an irritation of the ribs or the cartilage, called costochondritis. This can feel like a bruise. If associated with a deep breath, it can be another kind of inflammation called pleurisy, which is more serious. The location of the pain also suggests other causes. ...Read more

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Can my rib break from a fall / trauma without any bruising on the skin?

Can my rib break from a fall / trauma without any bruising on the skin?

Sure: You could break a rib with or without bruising on the surface of the skin. ...Read more

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I have bruising on my back and side area, could that have something to do with broken or bruised ribs?

I have bruising on my back and side area, could that have something to do with broken or bruised ribs?

Trauma: This type of bruising is usually due to trauma. If you are experiencing rib pain you should obtain a chest xray. If there is no history of recent injury/trauma, you must have your blood checked for bleeding disorders. ...Read more

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I have sore spot right near bottom of left rib cage. Feels like touching a bruise. It comes and goes. Worse when sitting. Location moves?

Costochondritis?: It sounds like it might be costochondritis, which is not serious, but if the pain persists, you should have your doctor check it out. ...Read more

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