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Why is the top of my rib cage tender?

Why is the top of my rib cage tender?

Rib cage pain: Consider costochondritis, sprain, strain, bone contusion as most likely cause. Other causes include cardiac or referred neurogenic pain. ...Read more

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Why is my rib on the left side sometimes sore?

Many causes: Most concerning left sided pain is associated with the heart, but many other causes include trauma, costochondritis, anxiety, stress, gastroesophageal reflux, and sometimes from abdominal organs such as bowel. Stomach, gall bladder, etc. In the chest pleuritis, pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, collapsed lung etc. You should consult physician for physical examination and testing if appropriate. ...Read more

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What does it mean when the left, upper rib is sore?

What does it mean when the left, upper rib is sore?

Could be: Costochondritis or bruise or mild injury or fracture or due to infection of the lungs ...Read more

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Both my ribs cages are very tender espically the left one?

Both my ribs cages are very tender espically the left one?

Tender rib cage: Could be costochondritis, or any inflammation of the ribs where they have muscle insertion or from cough. May also be due to gastritis reflux H pylori (tx w/ ranitidine, abx if needed). If not allergic try motrin 2 tabs 2 times a day x 7 and see if helps. Sometimes I have given zithromax because they have an associated cold/ cough that may be mycoplasma which can cause pains. F/u w/ doc ...Read more

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What would cause a knot under my rib cage that's tender to touch?

What would cause a knot under my rib cage that's tender to touch?

Depends: If in the center of ur abdomen just below the rib cage ; u r thin u may be feeling ur duodenum spasm due 2 ulcers or ur pyloric area of stomach. 2 the r is the liver ; 2 the left is the spleen that's the best I can do. My advice is c ur pcp ; have a hands on diagnosis made. ...Read more

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Why would it be sore to push in under left rib? Seems close or on left rib.

Why would it be sore to push in under left rib? Seems close or on left rib.

Bruise?: This may be a mild trauma but if it does not resolve within 7-10 days, you should see your physician. In the meantime, ice and nsaids along with arnica cream and oral tablets may help. ...Read more

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When I press on the sides of my rib cage on the left and right like where my bra sits they are very tender. What could this be?

When I press on the sides of my rib cage on the left and right like where my bra sits they are very tender. What could this be?

Costochondritis: There are multiple potential causes, but one of the more common is a condition known as costochondritis, in which an inflammation occurs in the part of the rib where the bone meets the cartilage. Sometimes am NSAID can help. Don't hesitate to be seen for a specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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I'm a drinker and I have pain in my side when lying my ribs feel tender on left side when lying down like weight is pushing on them??

I'm a drinker and I have pain in my side when lying my ribs feel tender on left side when lying down like weight is pushing on them??

Stop drinking alcoho: I assume by your statement that you're drinking more than one standard alcoholic beverage each day (sorry for sexism but men are allowed two), in which best thing for your health is to quit, or at least drop down to just one each day (no averaging to make up for skipped days). Regarding pain on left side, too many causes to speculate. Go see your GP unless pain is so bad that you want to go to A&E ...Read more

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Had costo. Area below left rib have a dull ache when press hard. Sometimes it come n go. It is just below tender area in my rib. Can it be from the costo?

Had costo. Area below left rib have a dull ache when press hard. Sometimes it come n go. It is just below tender area in my rib. Can it be from the costo?

Below rib pain/costo: Could be costochondritis or could be gastritis with or without H pylori or could be from colon -constipation.if coughing could be musculoskeletal from cough. For costochondritis use motrin /advil /aleve if not allergic; for gastritis need ranitidine/ prevecid, for constipation use milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) 1 tablespoon 2 x a day x 4. Would follow up with doc ...Read more

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The lowest part of my right rib is suddenly tender. No injury. Only hurts when I press on it (the rib itself hurts, I don't think its an organ behind it?

The lowest part of my right rib is suddenly tender. No injury. Only hurts when I press on it (the rib itself hurts, I don't think its an organ behind it?

Costochondritis: It is possibly costochondritis, which is an inflammatory condition in the area where the cartilage and bone portion of the rib meet, particularly if it is tender. NSAIDs are the usual treatment. Consider being seen to rule out other deeper causes such as a gall bladder problem for instance. ...Read more

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How long should a broken rib be sore for?

How long should a broken rib be sore for?

4-6 weeks: Having experienced several personally, the pain will calm down in 2-3 weeks and take an average of 4-6 weeks to resolve. ...Read more

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Bottom row ribs staying sore. Lefthand side.

Sore ribs: Sprain, contusion, pathological fracture, chostochondritis, or an internal problem. If persisting more than 2-3 weeks and not improving, see your doctor for an examine and x-ray to start with. ...Read more

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Both sides under ribs are sore. What can I do?

Both sides under ribs are sore. What can I do?

Cannot say in your: Particular case, BUT. It usually is a soreness in the lung/diaphram or upper abdomen. If you KNOW what you did to strain it (blowing up all the balloons for a party, hookah party, too much dancing at a party... various other party-related strains) then, aspirin and no partying.
Otherwise examination of the lungs is a good idea. ...Read more

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Right rib tender to touch and has a burning sensation.

Need more info: Need to know how long you have this symptom, any trauma to the area, any rash over the rib and a few more things to know. Please make an appointment with your family physician to solve the reason for your complaint. ...Read more

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When I press on my right side by my ribs it tender and sore what is it?

No short answer: Probably muscular strain. You may have twisted wrong or coughed or sneezed hard. Also going to sleep in a chair can cause you to lean over the arm & injure the muscles. Sometimes sleeping on your side on your arm will cause tenderness.
The treatment I like best is heat, hot shower, hot bath, or more often heating pad to the area for 15+ minutes 4 times a day when you can. Do not burn yourself. ...Read more

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Below ribs I have a marble size nodule, that is tender, what is going on?

Below ribs I have a marble size nodule, that is tender, what is going on?

Fibroid nodule..: Close to bone boarder s ribs is area with tenons which may form small nodule like structure - ussually mobile, pee size. If frequently toucherd, rubs. Can be tender. These nodules are bingn. If tender - check for posible other causes as sebaceous cyst - infected, inflammed. Watch for growth, rednes, swelling or discharge. If any of these signs - seek medical attention. ...Read more

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I have pain in right side when coughing and is sore to the touch under my right ribs.

I have pain in right side when coughing and is sore to the touch under my right ribs.

Pain: You probably pulled a muscle with your coughing. It should settle down and disappear. If it does not see a doctor and get a definitive diagnosis. An anti- inflammatory may help such as Advil (ibuprofen) or Aleeve ...Read more

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What can I do if my lowers ribs are sore to the touch, never broken one though, help!?

What can I do if my lowers ribs are sore to the touch, never broken one though, help!?

I have never: Seen anything work better for severe rib pain than auricular acupuncture. I have treated people with multiple fresh fractured ribs that narcotics didn't touch - whose pain dropped to a 0 to a 2/10 pain from pain ranges from 7 to 10/10. I really wished I knew about acupuncture when my rib was snapped in half. ...Read more

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I have sore rib cages but havnt hurt myself or done anything crazy! What could this be caused from?

Broad possibilities: Tops would be cough or from vomiting. The muscles between the ribs take time to heal but these would be the most likely, in my opinion. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a knot that shows up under my left rib cage when laying down my whole left side is tender to the touch what is going on here?

I have a knot that shows up under my left rib cage when laying down my whole left side is tender to the touch what is going on here?

Several possible: Under the left rib cage, could be a hernia, a rib cyst, a fatty tumor aka lipoma, a traumatic hematoma, or seroma. Absent fever or significant pain, you can watch it for a week or 2. If it gets bigger, go in to see your doc. If it goes away, no worries. Be well. ...Read more

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My entire rib cage feels sore when I press on it and sometimes I get dull to sharp pains when I am not touching. I don't exercise often.

My entire rib cage feels sore when I press on it and sometimes I get dull to sharp pains when I am not touching. I don't exercise often.

Rib cage pain: You MAY have a broken rib or something else. Please see your doc. He/she will help you figure it out. Exercising program may need changing but your doc will help you sort that out. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Swelling and tender to the touch on left side right under ribs im a 58. Female in excellent health noticed the swelling four days ago.?

Swelling and tender to the touch on left side right under ribs im a 58. Female in excellent health noticed the swelling four days ago.?

See your MD: See your md asap. With your reported excellent health, this is something that is out of the ordinary for you. Any swelling merits attention. Your spleen sits right around the area you have described. See your md asap, especially since it has already been 4 days and you have both swelling and pain. If worsens before appt, go to er. Don't take a chance. ...Read more

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Have slept constantly on right side on a couch for a couple of yrs. Feels like my rib area is always sore and achy. Costochondritis possibly?

Have slept constantly on right side on a couch for a couple of yrs. Feels like my rib area is always sore and achy. Costochondritis possibly?

Costochondritis: Pain will be mostly found in the front near your sternum where the ribs meet the sternum. The achiness you are probably feeling is more likely related to the spacing between your ribs and either irritated intercostal musculature or irritated intercostal nerves. You would benefit from a physical exam to see if you have any hypertonicity of one side or any mild scoliosis. Try sleeping on other side? ...Read more