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I have costochondritis for seven months now. I can't breath, tight throat, minor pain in ribs. Stuck with this forever? Prednisone did nothing.
My rib cage juts out and sinks in noticably on the left side, and the right side it seems like one rib is stuck behind the others. Is this a problem?
Chest wall: There are variations and abnormalities in the way the chest wall forms leading to pectins escavatum or pectus carinatum. Either the breastbone caving in or protruding out, respectively. This can create the look of the chest caving in on one side and jutting out on the other. If it is mild it does not cause any problem however if it is deeply sunken then it can cause restriction of either the heart or the lungs. Please see your primary care physician if you're concerned. ...Read more
Feelin like somethin stuck below ribs in center/ as uf ny abdemon is solid /bubbling all across/ can this b h-plori?
Why does GERD cause the feeling that food is stuck below ribs and how can I get rid of it? I take omeprazole which help the burning but not this stuck
Emergency: Your question sounds like the very definition of a medical emergency. Please get to health care immediately. ...Read more
Only X-Ray can tell: Rib injuries (whether broken or not) are notoriously bothersome, because the chest wall moves with every breath, so it is not possible to rest the injured area. Only an x-ray can tell whether a rib is broken or not; your doctor may be able to order one for you at a local hospital or freestanding radiology office, or else you can go to an urgent care clinic. ...Read more
Nobody's symmetric: I guess the question is, how much bigger? Sometimes the ribs are "bell shaped" a little, and one rib may be a little more prominent than the other. That's totally normal. If there is a notable size difference, it might be something to bring up at the next well check. If the difference is changing day to day, then get it looked at now. ...Read more
Perbhaps posture: The shor ribs are floating ribs. They are moe prominent and expecially in women. Depending on your activities, you are pehaps stressing these ribs. Bending over to study, read or work at a desk can exacerbate this. Try some anti-inflammatories and ice or heat and rest. If recurrent and of concern, see your pcp and get checked out. ...Read more
Doctor can evaluate: Up there are the ribs, the shoulder blade, the collar bone, the upper spine... All are connected and any of the connections can get inflamed and hurt. Other things are in the area too, such as the top of the lung, the nerves and blood vessels running next to the neck, etc... Sometimes, after evaluating, the doctor will order an x-ray. ...Read more