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Doctor insights on: Rib Bone Sitcks Out Below Clavicle

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Can the chest ribs be asymmetrical? I feel the first right rib (the bone right below the right clavicle) is more protruding than the left rib. Problem?

Can the chest ribs be asymmetrical? I feel the first right rib (the bone right below the right clavicle) is more protruding than the left rib. Problem?

Sounds normal: Nobody's body is perfectly symmetrical. Some people require differnt shoe sizes on each foot, women may require differnt bra cup sizes, and ribs may protrude more on one side than the other -- etc, etc, etc. This doesn't sound like something tow orry about. But discuss with your doctor if you remain concerned. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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Chest xray what does small bone island 3rd left post rib, osseous density adjacent left 1st ant rib, low dens areas in clavicles scalpula humeri mean?

Follow up...: It is difficult to know the significance of the report you describe without more history.

A bone island is a small benign sclerotic focus in the bone, but you also mention low density areas in the clavicles, scapula and humeri.

Be sure to follow up with your referring physician about the significance of these findings.

I hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have pain for years in my chest bones, clavicle & back, worsen after rest, and after I wake up, when I move my shoulder backwards and forwards, why?

I have pain for years in my chest bones, clavicle & back, worsen after rest, and after I wake up, when I move my shoulder backwards and forwards, why?

Costochondritis?: You may have inflammation of the joints where the ribs attach to the sternum; this is called costochondritis and is fairly common. The symptoms are pretty much what your describing. See your PCP for NSAID therapy and if that doesn't work, imaging to confirm followed by a pain mgmt referral. ...Read more

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How to have good upper chest shoulder area muscle. I mean around the clavicle bone which canbe clearly seen?

Targeted Exercise: Upper chest is pectoralis muscles, typically fly type exercises or composite exercises such as push ups or bench press. If you're new to exercise I would at least get started with the help of a competent trainer. Good luck. ...Read more

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My right clavicle is bigger than my left clavicle. I have bad posture, right handed and use mouse all day. However at the end of my right claivicle (near center of chest) bone is bigger. No nodes felt?

My right clavicle is bigger than my left clavicle. I have bad posture, right handed and use mouse all day. However at the end of my right claivicle (near center of chest) bone is bigger. No nodes felt?

Likely normal: This is likely a normal variant. Your bones should not "hypertrophy" or get bigger from overuse. Bad posture and sitting in an office chair is a common complaint among my patients and may lead to musculoskeletal discomfort. I recommend getting out of your chair at least once hourly if not more and performing basic stretching exercises. ...Read more

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I have pain for years in my chest bones, clavicle & back, worsen after rest when I move my shoulder+pain in my feet, the worst after wake up or rest?

I have pain for years in my chest bones, clavicle & back, worsen after rest when I move my shoulder+pain in my feet, the worst after wake up or rest?

Evaluation: With the limited information, I would suggest a medical evaluation which should include blood tests and appropriate x-rays. Because you have multiple areas that other you and symptoms are worse in the mornings or after periods of rest, you need to see a medical provider. Good luck ...Read more

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Having bone pain on left side, hip, shoulder and ribs. Alkaline pos level is250. Is it a pinched nerve?

Not likely: Probably need plain xrays, a bone scan, determine if alk phos is originating from bone and rule out paget's disease among other items. ...Read more

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M have pain in the left side of my neck shoulder an shoulder blade an around my collar bone an top part of my ribs?

M have pain in the left side of my neck shoulder an shoulder blade an around my collar bone an top part of my ribs?

Decisions Decisions: How's your breathing? Feel short of breath or can't get in enough air? If so, then you should go to an Urgent Care for an exam. If not, and it hurts more to move your neck or shoulder, then you probably have a kink in your neck or a muscle strain or good ol' muscle tension from stress or over-work/over-exertion. Balls in your court now. Decide on Motrin, heat and massage or a trip to your friendly U.C. ...Read more

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Left side shoulder bone hurts, ribs to. Alkaline phos level is250. Hip bone hurts to?

Left side shoulder bone hurts, ribs to. Alkaline phos level is250. Hip bone hurts to?

Ask you doctor: This is a specific problem. Alkaline phosphatase may be elevated in diseases of the bone such as paget's disease or in tumors of the bone. A further diagnostic workup may be indicated and you should see you doctor. ...Read more

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Good day, I have this sharp pain above my right collar bone, shoulder and under my right rib cage. It just started suddenly while driving.

Good day, I have this sharp pain above my right collar bone, shoulder and under my right rib cage. It just started suddenly while driving.

Just a: Thought but this may be referred pain from your lower neck (C6-C7) upper back C7-T1!! The fact that it started while driving is a "clue" Mention this to your Health Care Provider who may want a hands on exam!

Hope this is helpful!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Had first rib removal surgery for a broken rib and now I'm having sharp pains in right shoulder (same side) under collar bone. Could it be related?

Had first rib removal surgery for a broken rib and now I'm having sharp pains in right shoulder (same side) under collar bone. Could it be related?

Yes: I would wonder about scar tissue formation causing irritation in pain. Best to talk to your surgeon regarding this. Best of luck with this Dr. R ...Read more

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I'm a 20 year old smoker with shoulder pains and sharp and achy pains in my ribs and pain in both hips and arm bones?

I'm a 20 year old smoker with shoulder pains and sharp and achy pains in my ribs and pain in both hips and arm bones?

And your question?: Your symptoms could be due to many many things. Please consult your doctor to straighten these out. More importantly, please consider smoke cessation. You are young, you've got a lot to gain by quitting now. That's another item to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What could cause pain in the lower ribs on both sides? It's more in the front...It feels like the bone. My hips, back, knees left shoulder/elbow hurt2

Bone pain: Your pain is quite widespread, you should see your doctor for some blood work. Depending on the duration of your symptoms and if they are recurring, you need to see a rheumatologist. No easy diagnosis from what you described so far. ...Read more

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Pain under right ribs that has moved to under breast bone and through to center of back under shoulder blades. Pain increases when abdomen pressed?

Pain under right ribs that has moved to under breast bone and through to center of back under shoulder blades. Pain increases when abdomen pressed?

Gallbladder-ER now!: These are classic signs of gallstones or an inflammed gallbladder, also seen in stomach ulcers and pancreatic disease. Go directly to the ER. ...Read more

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Hard lump under right rib cage pain up to shoulder blade, shooting bone pain. Went to ER they didn't know, have PCP apt in Aug. What could this be???

Hard lump under right rib cage pain up to shoulder blade, shooting bone pain. Went to ER they didn't know, have PCP apt in Aug. What could this be???

Could be liver or GB: The area under your right rib margin is home to your liver as well as your Gall Bladder. It is possible you have a problem there. I might suggest getting a liver/biliary ultrasound if they did not do that in the ER. Probably would NOT wait for a month however. ...Read more

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I have intense bone pain in hips, ribs, collar bone, shoulder blades, never below the waist. Also, extreme mental and physical fatigue. What to do?

See a doctor: The answer probably does not lie in talking about it on the internet
i would recommend that you be evaluated by a physician
there are many things that could cause these symptoms but it won't be figured out without some face to face interaction
best wishes in feeling better. ...Read more

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Dull ache under rib cage, and pain in right shoulder, also pain in middle under breast bone! Please help. Feel so ill?

Dull ache under rib cage, and pain in right shoulder, also pain in middle under breast bone! Please help. Feel so ill?

Get doc eval: If the pain is on the right side could be gallbladder and it could be infected. Gallbladder pain radiates to the right shoulder. ...Read more

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Left shoulder blade pain/feeling of swelling down arm weakness/pain travels to rib cage, collar bone and in shoulder socket. Right handed/ no injury?

Left shoulder blade pain/feeling of swelling down arm weakness/pain travels to rib cage, collar bone and in shoulder socket. Right handed/ no injury?

Get evaluated: Although it would be rare for someone of your age to have heart trouble, shoulder pain is often seen with ischemia of the heart. Also, patients with injury to the spleen can have left shoulder pain. See you doctor and get it checked out. ...Read more

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I feel like I have a bone or rib fracture on my thoractic spine. Between my shoulder blades hurt and I have a raised bump on my chest bone.

Be examined: The spine area may be a prominent spinal process and not abnormal, but a bump on sternum is unusual.
Some x-rays may be necessary to, sort out.
Thoracic surgeon most likely to be if help. ...Read more

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I have tender spots and "bone" pain in shoulder and down arm, ankle, calf and ribs, at rest, no trauma. Breathless on exertion. Lower back pain?

I have tender spots and "bone" pain in shoulder and down arm, ankle, calf and ribs, at rest, no trauma. Breathless on exertion. Lower back pain?

What's up?: Sounds like something's up. The cornerstone of treatment is an accurate diagnosis. You need one! Please get an evaluation - you could have anything! ...Read more

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Popped bone in my chest and aches in by my shoulder and chest?

Popped bone in my chest and aches in by my shoulder and chest?

SC Joint: A "popping bone" in chest of a thirties male ; leading to chest and shoulder pain implicates the clavicle (collar bone) where it joins sternum (breast bone) at the (sc) joint. If this, should be exquisite pain aroused by palpation of this joint. If a lump is felt here, the proximal clavicle might have dislocated from the joint. If pain not readily remit with rest and heat, visit an osteopath. ...Read more

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I found an odd lump in my chest right by my collarbone; what could it be? It seems like a bone almost when you touch it and it's fairly large but I just recently found it and it did not exist before nor is it painful. What could it most likely be?

Hello.: Hello. What you are describing might be a subclavicular lymph node. If you were a heavy smoker, with other health problems, it could sometimes be enlarged with lung cancer. However, you are not listing those type of things. However, I would recommend that you get it checked out. Lymph nodes drain germs, dead white blood cells and gunk from areas of inflammation or infection. On the other hand, it you have had clavicular injury in the past, it could be due to that. ...Read more