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I have extreme skin pain/sensitivity on my left rib cage, at times extending around to my back x 2 mos. There are no visible lesions or redness.

I have extreme skin pain/sensitivity on my left rib cage, at times extending around to my back x 2 mos. There are no visible lesions or redness.

PHN: Is this the place you had Shingle? If it is Unilateral ( only on one side of the back) most likely Post Herpetic Neuralgia. Can be treated with Topical Capsaicin (OTC) by mouth Antiinflammatory like Advil and Aleve (naproxen). Rx strength Lidocaine Patch may help and in worse case you may need Stronger pain medicine. ...Read more

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Bad chest pain where 3-4th ribs meet sternum both sides. Ice helps. No redness/swelling. When will this go away? prob a strain so why bother go to dr?

Bad chest pain where 3-4th ribs meet sternum both sides. Ice helps. No redness/swelling. When will this go away? prob a strain so why bother go to dr?

NSAID: I see you take Advil - does it help? Your symptoms are consistent with costochondritis, a form of arthritis which is best treated with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug like Advil. Naproxen, which is much longer acting is an alternative .Be sure you're using an adequate dose: 400-800 mg of Advil very 4-6 hours or Aleve (naproxen) 2 tabs with food every 8-12 hours. Physical therapy can also help. ...Read more

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Upper left side pain at bottom of rib gage from middle to back , very sore to touch but no bruising or redness their . It's constant pain no injury ?

Shingles? : Sounds like shingles - a herpes zoster virus inflammation. A resurgence from an old chickenpox infection. It's possible to have the pain symptoms without the skin rash. Do see a clinician to see if this shingles assessment is correct & to start treatment. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Hurt ribs ob right side 28 days ago not as painful but still hurt and pop when I move or pick up heavy things feels like ribs rub together. What is it?

Hurt ribs ob right side 28 days ago not as painful but still hurt and pop when I move or pick up heavy things feels like ribs rub together. What is it?

Ligament damage?: Still having pain a month after an injury suggests it was reasonably serious. Intercostal (between the ribs) ligaments help hold the ribs in place and may have been stretched, strained or torn with your injury. If the ligaments are loose, the ribs can move out of place and feel like popping. I believe it is time for you to have a good exam by your doc/orthopedist and perhaps some imaging. ...Read more

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I am 55 yrs old have had a pain under my breast on my ribs when i rub it i can feel it through my back same place . What could it be. ?

I am 55 yrs old have had a pain under my breast on my ribs when i rub it i can feel it through my back same place . What could it be. ?

Could be a lot: It could be a rib, breast, intestinal or cardiac problem, sight unseen. At age 55 it is best to have a MD examine the area and fi necessary run additional testing. ...Read more

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I have body aches with flu like symptoms , yet I have no fever. When I rub my ribs or anywhere on my body , it feels like tingles aches. ?

I have body aches with flu like symptoms , yet I have no fever. When I rub my ribs or anywhere on my body , it feels  like  tingles aches. ?

See below: Flu is usually accompanied by fever. Children often get hand, foot, & mouth disease caused by coxsackie a virus (characterized by blisters on hands, feet, & in mouth). Adults rarely get this form but may get type b of the virus that causes muscle aches (especially of chest wall), ± headache, ± fever; called devil's grippe or pleurodynia. Treat with nsaids & moist heat to muscles. Lasts about a wk. ...Read more