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I have a piercing pain in the upper chest and back, opposite sides. Is my rib broken?
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Dr. Allen Seely
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In brief: Probable spasm
Random sharp chest is probably not a broken rib unless major trauma (it takes a large g-force to break ribs).
Sharp chest pain is usually a G.I. (stomach or gallbaldder) or esophagus pain (spasm). The best thing to do is sit up (not lay down) , take an antacid (tums) . Sharp chest pain with breathing can be 'pleurisy'. You may want to get seen to get an exact diagnosis. Hope you are better soon!

In brief: Probable spasm
Random sharp chest is probably not a broken rib unless major trauma (it takes a large g-force to break ribs).
Sharp chest pain is usually a G.I. (stomach or gallbaldder) or esophagus pain (spasm). The best thing to do is sit up (not lay down) , take an antacid (tums) . Sharp chest pain with breathing can be 'pleurisy'. You may want to get seen to get an exact diagnosis. Hope you are better soon!
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