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What Makes My Ribs Overlap
I am 28yrs old and randomly my 9th & 10th ribs on the right side overlap an I have to physically fix it. What is it?
Need more info: Something called "sliped rib".I would suggest that you consult with an orthopedic surgeon. You don't have a major problem but maybe the orthopod can help stop this from happening. ...Read more
I had a pain in my rib area on my left side it went away now I noticed that sometimes when I lie down it feels like my ribs are overlapping what is?
When I lay on my side a certain way my rib cage overlaps, you can actually hear this happening with a popping noise. Is this normal?
It can be: If you have inflamation of the cartilage that connects the sternum or breastbone to the ribs. Or you might have a fracture, but usually these things are very painful. You are still growing, so that might be your explanation. If you are having pain, or it's sufficiently bothersome, seeing your family doctor would be the best way to find out what the problem is and how to deal with it. Best wishes! ...Read more
Under my left breast is a tiny bump that seems to not heal. Its right on my chest where my breast overlaps. Worry?
Under breast skin ab: Have your PCP or dermatologist look at it and perform an excisional biopsy, if it is irritated by wearing a bra, and sent for pathology. Any lesion which is frequently irritated is best removed permanently. ...Read more
What are the overlapping features of cystic fibrosis and tuberculosis, as revealed by chest x-ray? Responding in technical language is fine.
I just had a chest x-ray and was told my lungs were fine but there were overlapping shadows on the lower right side. What would a CT scan show?
Explanation: Most likely it may help to figure out the source of this shadow or ruled out all the problem at all.. Follow the your doctor instruction. Do not panic. ...Read more
Chest XRay show triangular density mostly due to overlap bronchovascular tree Normal? No symptoms I did it to see if there are enlargement lymph nodes
Should recheck it: Since you are young and asymptomatic, you can have your chest X-Ray repeated in one year. If this shadow changes in size, then a CT scan of the chest is the best test to see it better and obtain its size. Most likely it is nothing of consequence unless you have associated symptoms. ...Read more
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 more
Many possibilities: Ribs may hurt for many reasons, such as trauma (bumped into something, somebody poked a finger into the ribs), coughing (bad cold & cough symptoms), jogging/running (breathing heavily for a while), weight training or sit-ups (over exertion while exercising), irritation in the rib's bones/muscles/cartilage/linings, a tumor (rare), etc... If symptoms don't go away quickly, one must visit a doctor. ...Read more
Osteochonritis: The rib is not bony all the way it attac to the sternum by mens of cartilage, a lot of time that cunction get inflamed and cause the pain, off and on. Some time could acute and some time turn to chrnic conditon. I t happen with people who suffer from asmtha, wieght leffting and other cause. Be carefull some time pain in that area could be heart problems? ...Read more
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 more
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
Usually 12 pairs: Most people have twelve pairs of ribs. Some people only have 11 pairs. Higher frequency of abnormal numbers of ribs sometime include congenital syndromes such as Down syndrome (11 pairs), other chromosomal abnormalities (13 pairs), esophageal atresia (failure of esophagus to develop normally (13 pairs).And congenital vertebral anomalies and scoliosis where different amount of ribs on each side. ...Read more
Several causes: In young persons, lower thoracic pain could be due to local trauma (bruise), pain associated with a virus (if the child has a fever), pleurisy (inflammation of the lung's lining), bronchitis, pneumonia or some other cause. If the pain continues, or if there is fever, see the doctor. ...Read more
It can be very: Painful but pain tolerances vary from individual to individual. Even a bruised or contused rib can be quite painful to the point that breathing can hurt. If causing enough pain or breathing difficulty, see your doctor. ...Read more
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