Costochondritis

The inflammation of the cartilage present in the rib cage is called costochondritis. This inflammation results in pain in the upper or middle rib area, which can radiate to the back or abdomen. The causes include chest trauma, respiratory infections, and physical strain.

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What is the reason for the pain in my left breast and ribs?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had pain in the left breast, under the left ribs, and in the lower back region for the past three months. There is a swelling in the left rib region. I also have a consistent cough and cold. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. Your reports are suggestive of costochondritis, which means that your ribs on the left side are inflamed. So, I suggest you take anti-inflammatory drugs as the first line of treatment. Also, I would suggest you do a...  Read Full »

Will stress cause on and off slight chest pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old male, who weighs 80 kg and I am 6 feet tall, and I have no previous cardiac problems. I have a slight chest pain, almost like the type caused by grief. I work a lot, especially over the last month. The pain has been on off all day since two weeks. I do not want to wast...  Read Full »


Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your worries, but there is absolutely nothing to worry. Chest pains can be caused by a lot of factors, from cardiovascular-related to non-cardiovascular related. For example heartburn, costochondritis, angina, etc. Your chest pain is non-car...  Read Full »

I feel like water and liquid gets diffused outside the digestive tract. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I feel irritation and pain in the abdomen, particularly below my right rib cage for almost two years now. I feel like water and liquid food gets diffused outside the digestive tract, into the outer parts and skin. It causes allergic irritation, inflammation, discomfort, and pain in th...  Read Full »


Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. For a detailed advice, I would like to know a bit more regarding your problem first. When did you notice it for the first time? How did it come to your notice? Does this pain come and go or present at all times? Is it a burning, piercing, constricting, or squeezing type? ...  Read Full »

Are my symptoms of chest heaviness and tightness due to costochondritis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having ongoing chest heaviness and tightness unresponsive to inhalers and Prednisone. My chest X-ray has been normal, and a chest CT scan as well as stress echo and regular echocardiogram. The only diagnosis I have is esophagitis and gastritis, but I have been taking medicati...  Read Full »


Dr. Manav Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since your doctor has ruled out the respiratory and the medical causes of your chest tightness, possibilities are that of costochondritis or muscular weakness, fibromyalgia, ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatic diseases. There are a few questions I need you to answer: Is...  Read Full »

Does constant coughing cause rib injury?

Query: Hi doctor, I have annual breast MRI for a history of breast cancer. I had one last week, and the breasts looked normal. But, there was some linear enhancement on two ribs. I had rib x-rays after and they were normal. I am having a bone scan next week. My question is that prior to this MRI I had a ho...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is possible that you might have had a slight injury to your ribs due to coughing. It is not a complete fracture, though. The MRI scan picked up these lines of bone edema and therefore, linear areas of enhancement showing acute stress fracture are possible from a cough....  Read Full »

Why do I present with tiredness and chest pain after taking a deep breath?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24-year-old male weighing 49 kg and 5 feet tall. I have done some blood work such as differential blood count and comprehensive metabolic panel today. Before a couple of weeks, I felt tiredness in the body and had chest pain when I took a deep breath before a couple of days. Out o...  Read Full »


Dr. Nagaraj Patil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. The first picture suggesting urea and creatinine levels was not clear and hence I could not read the report. Please send me a clear picture. On going through the reading mentioned in the query, there are no clinically significant abnormal resu...  Read Full »

Why do I have a feeling of vibration in the blood flow?

Query: Hi doctor,I usually smoke. I have taken all kinds of tests like JAK2 and Erythoprotein. It is confirmed that I have this condition due to smoking. I have reduced the number of smokes for a day and longer intervals before a week. I am going through this feeling on the left side of my chest recently. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms are related to a pinched nerve in the thoracic vertebral column, and it may result in a bulging of intervertebral disk. For this reason, I would recommend performing a cervicothoracic spine MRI 9magnetic resonance imaging) to investigate this issue. Doe...  Read Full »

Are symptoms like chest pain, fast heart beat and shortness of breathe concerning cardiac issue?

Query: Hello doctor, I have left chest pain above my breast and pain in my left arm. I also have shortness of breath and fast heartbeat. This does not happen all the time. It comes and goes. I have it for about three years I guess. I am not on medications currently.  Read Full »


Dr. Ahmed Goha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Most common cause for this is costochondritis which is an inflammation of the cartilage in the rib cage or anxiety. However other causes need to be excluded. More information about chest pain is needed like character, duration, radiation, what brings it and how do...  Read Full »

Why do I get severe rib pain while taking deep breathe and standing?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having severe rib pain since this morning and it hurts when I stand up straight or when I move or lay down. I tried putting a heating pad and ice pack on it and did not do anything. I feel extreme discomfort, cannot take deep breathes, and feel sharp stabbing pain once in a while...  Read Full »


Dr. Santosh-kumar Bashyal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are many conditions where we can get chest pain along with ribs pain. I would like to ask a few questions. Is that pain on costochondral junction which means if you palpate your ribs you can feel there is one gap and then the other rib is started. So pain in th...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for mild chest pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30-year-old female. Since last night I am suffering from mild chest pain. I took Digene and gastric medicine thinking it is a gastric problem but I do not find any difference. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from chest pain with some numbness in the left arm. Chest pain can result from various conditions such as: Muscle strain inflammation of the muscles and tendons around the ribs can r...  Read Full »

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