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Rib pain: There are several potential causes of pain in this location. The most common causes are probably strain of the muscles between the ribs or of the cartilage joints connecting the ribs to the sternum. This can be caused, typically, by heavy lifting or other vigorous physical activity. Most of the time, if this is all that is going on, it will respond to standard anti inflammatory medications within ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several possibilitie: Trauma, bruise, exercise, coughing, stress fracture, costochondritis, can all cause pain that should get better over several weeks. Shingles, other infections, and rheumatic diseases can cause pain that may be more chronic. Ask your provider. Rib films are rarely helpful. Cancer and myeloma can cause pain of course, but you would probably already know. There are other benign bone tumors etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many things: Trauma and arthritis/rheumatism are the 2 most common. Costochondritis (in the front), referred pain from the spine (in the back) are common forms of musculoskeletal pain in the ribs. There are other more serious causes such as infection or neoplasm so a good medical evaluation is indicated if it is persistent. ...Read more
Many things: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more
Rib pain: It means you should get checked to see what is wrong. ...Read more
Possible chest xray: Would check with your pmd can be a lot of things but if ongoing this long would consider a chest x-ray to see what is going on. ...Read more
Pain: Difficult to tell, could be related to positions and musculoskeletal or could be other, not enough info. ...Read more
Costochondritis: Possibly inflammation at the joint between your rib and breastbone. You can push on those joints and see if they are tender. If so, see if ibuprofen relieves it. If they are not tender your primary care doc may want to get a chest x-ray to exclude inflammation of the lining around your lung "pleuritis" and other causes. ...Read more
See a doctor: Or use HealthTap Prime. In either case, 4 days of rib pain sounds excessive. Was he in a car accident? Did the pain start spontaneously? Does the pain worsen when breathing in or breathing out? There are many questions to answer, & possibly an X-ray to obtain, b4 you get a diagnosis, which is the 1st step. Rib pain is notoriously hard to treat, so a pain specialist may ultimately be needed. ...Read more
I Randomly get rib pain on my left side this happens maybe 4-5 times a day mostly when I'm sitting down ?
Left rib pain: May be reflux from stomach. or gas from colon ( it is that high up), may have food intolerances, avoid alcohol caffeine, energy drinks, smoking, consider trial of ranitidine or prevecid- if not allergic. may be costochondirits ( if you press does it hurt?) - rarely cardiac/pericarditis, or lymph nodes. F/u w/ doc urgent care xray would show gas, EKG suggest pericarditis/cardiac ...Read more
I have been having rib pain when i scratch them (gently), however it usually doesn't hurt and it doesn't hurt me to scratch anywhere else. Why?
Not concerning: Many people experience what you're feeling - increased sensitivity over the inferior rib areas especially if its happening on both sides equally. If it's just in one spot, then you can get it checked by your doc. Otherwise, nothing to worry about, just a sensitive area for you. ...Read more