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Dr. Atif Malik
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Dr. Dan Fisher
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Pain on left side of rib cage (no physical injury, but swelling), even on deep breathing. Localized on touching. Had a bike accident 2 days back.

Dr. Dan Fisher
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Pain on left side of rib cage (no physical injury, but swelling), even on deep breathing. Localized on touching. Had a  bike accident 2 days back.

Possible fracture.: It is possible to fracture a rib or just bruise it up pretty well. Sometimes the pain can be severe. As long as you are not having any shortness of breath (excluding that due to sharp pain with inspiration) you will heal. There is no real benefit to having rib xrays as the treatment will be the same -avoid injuring it while it heals. ...Read more

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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I am having trouble breathing deeply and when I do I feel pain in my back ribs. ?

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I am having trouble breathing deeply and when I do I feel pain in my back ribs. ?

Mgt: There may be inflammation of the chest wall,including the rib age. A trial of Motrin and a heating pad is advised. Please see your PCP if it persists. ...Read more

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Dr. Matt Wachsman
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My ribs on the front of my body feel tender to touch. Both sides, not in back. No pain with breathing or coughing, just when applying pressure.Normal?

Dr. Matt Wachsman
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My ribs on the front of my body feel tender to touch. Both sides, not in back. No pain with breathing or coughing, just when applying pressure.Normal?

Pain location: gives the likely etiology. Cannot say in your case without an exam but, tender to touch, on the outside, implies a musculo-skeletal condition costochondritis (pain at joints of ribs at sternum) is pretty common ...Read more

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Dr. John Munshower
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I am experiencing pain in the left side on the upper back when breathing and moving, feels like it is under the ribs. Had bronchitis 3 weeks ago ?

Dr. John Munshower
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I am experiencing pain in the left side on the upper back when breathing and moving, feels like it is under the ribs. Had bronchitis 3 weeks ago ?

Get eval: With the history of a recent infection in your lungs, best to see dr and get eval to assure the inflammation and or infection is not coming back. God luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Ron Jones
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Slight pain left side of back below rib cage spreading up to shoulders worse when standing and active deep breathing makes me cough and feels cold?

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Slight pain left side of back below rib cage spreading up to shoulders  worse when standing and active deep breathing makes me cough and feels cold?

Tough: How long has problem occurred ? Could be many causes. Early shingles, spasms between ribs, irritation at rib/cartilage junction, something going on in lung base, somatic (muscles and connective tissue). You are going to need to get this one checked out. ...Read more

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Could bilateral chronic pain (3-4 mos) in back near ribs that gets worse with deep breathing, movement, and pressing on area be from kidneys?

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Could bilateral chronic pain (3-4 mos) in back near ribs that gets worse with deep breathing, movement, and pressing on area be from kidneys?

Sure can: Worth a visit to your doctor. And drink lots of fluids in the mean time. ...Read more

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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
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Trouble breathing when I lay on my back. Pain in mostly right ribs. Only way I get rest is by sitting up. should I be concerned?

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Trouble breathing when I lay on my back. Pain in mostly right ribs. Only way I get rest is by sitting up. should I be concerned?

Right chest wall: pain require physical examination and possible radiological examination as injury and infections are high on the differentials ...Read more

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Dr. Yash Khanna
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Hi, for the last month ive been having trouble breathing(mostly on the left side). I also have been experiancing random sharp pains throughout my chest and back, and also pain in my ribs and back. I had an xray done a month ago when this started and they

Dr. Yash Khanna
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Hi, for the last month ive been having trouble breathing(mostly on the left side). I also have been experiancing random sharp pains throughout my chest and back, and also pain in my ribs and back. I had an xray done a month ago when this started and they

Need to be checked: Your question was incomplete.You had an xray done.Apparently you are or have been under the care of a doctor who ordered Xray. I will suggest that you should make an appointment with your doctor to find out the cause of your shortness of breath and pain. Shortness of breath can be serious and if you can not get an apt early go to ER ...Read more

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