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Why Do My Ribs Hurt
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.
Muscle strain?: The chest wall is comprised of ribs and muscles. The muscles of the chest can be strained just like any other muscles leading to tears and discomfort. Try antiinflammatory medication and if it persists see your doctor for an evaluation.
Why do my ribs hurt? It hurts like when you run & your out of breath that's how they hurt that's all I have is pain nothing else
Not enough info: You did not say if you hurt yourself or had an injury and how long it has been bothering you also if you have difficulty breathing or not lot of time it can be a pulled muscle or inflammation that will resolve in time but it can be serious too. Difficult to tell without examining you so talk to your primary care doctor who can get necessary work up to diagnose your problem and offer treatment.
Why do my ribs hurt when I lay on them? Doesn't hurt any other time. Makes sleeping on them uncomfortable. Causing me to get less sleep at night.
Rough Ribs: The chest wall is made up of several structures; the vertebra in the spine, the ribs themselves, and the manubrium and sternum in the front. The lower ribs don't all connect in the front to create a joint along the breast bone, but rather attach to cartilage to complete the "cage". Any joint (front or back) or the cartilage can become inflamed with certain positions. A better mattress may help.
Why do my ribs hurt and have uterus pain but the rib pain goes away after I eat does that mean I'm pregnant or just sick?
Uncertain where pain: It is uncertain where the pain really is. It may be ribs but may not be. It may be ribs or may not be. Ibuprofen and Aspirin can cause stomach upset and even ulcers which could hurt in the abdomen and get better with eating. If you have pid this can cause pain in the uterus but medications for this could be causing these symptoms. Your physician should be contacted to clarify this.
See your physician: The causes of right sided pain are many. In upper abdomen, gall bladder, liver, stomach, small bowel, large bowel, and kidney can all contribute. Appendix symptoms are usually in the right lower quadrant of abdomen. Patient should see physician for physical exam and possibly testing. Costochondritis or inflammation of anterior ribs can cause pain. See DR for exam and possible testing.
Rib pain: Lots of possibilities, if you provide more information can perhaps suggest possibilities Most likely
Cough: When you cough you often irritate the muscles between the ribs and this causes the pain.
Musculoskeletal....: The discomfort you describe is likely musculoskeletal pain. The chest wall has bones, muscles, cartilage all of which is subject to muscle strain/sprain, cartilage inflammation and even rib bruise or fracture from excessive coughing. Once the cough is controlled, the musculoskeletal disorder (s) will also be controlled. So, see your doctor for diagnosis/treatment of the cough.
Hi, I fell today flat on my front and now if I bend over or reach for something my ribs hurt. Should I get it checked?
Rib/chest xray: I would check with your doctor and consider getting rib and chest xray to check for a cracked rib and to be sure there is no lung abnormality. Assuming tests are negative then would apply ice and take some medication for pain relief such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. Avoid activity that makes it hurt until it heals. Most likely this is costochondritis.
I took a fall a week ago my ribs hurt on the opposite side near my lower sides &back especially at night when laying down. What could it be?
Contusion or fx: Could be a soft tissue contusion or bruise but it may also be a rib fracture or other solid tissue injury.
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.
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