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Painful ribs when coughing/moving/sneezing. Roomate has bronchitis. Recently lost insurance. Feel sick all the time. Pain 9/10. What do I do?

Painful ribs when coughing/moving/sneezing. Roomate has bronchitis. Recently lost insurance. Feel sick all the time. Pain 9/10. What do I do?

Many possibilities: Chest pain can be associated with asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, heart disease, GERD and musculoskeletal inflammation, among other things. If you have wheezing it could be an asthma-like problem. If you've had ever and significant cough, it could be bronchitis or pneumonia. If it's painful to touch where you have the pain, it may just be chest wall inflammation and respond to Ibuprofen. ...Read more

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For the past couple of days my rib cage on both sides have been very painful. It hurts to cough, sneeze and even move my torso?

Costochondritis: Treatment consists of local heat, analgesics, anti-inflammatory drugs, or local steroid injections. These usually relieve symptoms. Most often the pain subsides after a few weeks or months but swelling may remain for a longer period of time. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have COPD and cough all the time due to this i now have a rather large hernia on my left side over my rib cage. When i cough i feel like I am being stabbed and it is quite painful to the touch. Help?

I have COPD and cough all the time due to this i now have a rather large hernia on my left side over my rib cage. When i cough i feel like I am being stabbed and it is quite painful to the touch. Help?

See a surgeon: If you truly have a hernia it sounds as if it may need surgical correction. Do this quickly. A viscus may become entrapped in the hernia and create a potentially life-threatening situation. Hope you improve quickly. ...Read more

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Was assaulted and kicked in the right of my ribs, on my backside. It's been really painful to laugh, cough, move, really anything that requires moving?

Was assaulted and kicked in the right of my ribs, on my backside. It's been really painful to laugh, cough, move, really anything that requires moving?

broken rib: The symptoms you describe sounds like you have a broken rib. You should have an x-ray taken to confirm. Unfortunately, there is not a lot that can be done for a simple rib fracture except to wrap it tightly. It usually takes about six weeks to heal completely. Talk to your primary care doctor for an appropriate referral. ...Read more

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Hi , for the last few weeks I have this pain on my right side at my lower ribs, tender to touch, very painful to cough and sneeze and laugh?

Hi ,  for the last few weeks I have this pain on my right side at my lower ribs, tender to touch, very painful  to cough and sneeze and laugh?

Tender to touch: Implies its in teh chest wall, and can be from the ribs or muscle. The lungs have no such pain nerves, and would not hurt to the touch. Rib/muscle pain like any bone or muscle can come from bruise, fractures, strains/tear, overuse etc., these tend to heal slowly, and other than pain meds and ice, we don't have much to offer. See your doc sooner if it persists or if you have a history of cancer. ...Read more

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Broke my 10 rib right side 10 weeks ago, when I move or cough, sneeze & things rib pops out of place only had xray.sore &painful. What to do?

Ibuprofen: There is unfortunately not much one can do for a broken rib. They can be very painful and can take quite a bit of time to heal. I would suggest wearing an abdominal binder that extends up to the rib area, if you can tolerate it. This would serve to prevent the rib cage from over expanding, hopefully preventing repeated dislocation. This may inhibit your ability to take deep breaths, so you must be ...Read more

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I have butterfly rash,cough,very painful joint pain,slight pain in back near ribs,have SLE should i be worried, cannot contact rheumatologist?

I have butterfly rash,cough,very painful joint pain,slight pain in back near ribs,have SLE should i be worried, cannot contact rheumatologist?

SLE: Dear Gabrielle, a cough and painful chest (you mention ribs), makes me concerned. Pleurisy (inflammation of the lining of the lung) can be a feature of active SLE. It also appears you have active skin manifestation, and arthritis. My suggestion is to get a chest xray and blood work through the nearest ER. They can then advise you further based on results. Best wishes, Nisha ...Read more