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Rib Pain

Causes of rib pain include pulled muscle, muscle spasms, osteoporosis, chest injuries, rib fracture, lung lining inflammation, bone cancer, etc. The pain can worsen with movements. Depending on the cause of rib pain, treatment methodologies range from cold compress, painkillers, compression bandages, etc.

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Dizziness, rib, and underarm pain for a year. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from dizziness, bone pain around the lower rib on both sides, and pain under the arms for the past year. In addition, I feel lethargic and lack concentration. Also, I have taken allopathy and homeopathy medications for ear balance, but there has been no change. Ki...  Read Full »


Dr. Nitin Dongre

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I reviewed your query. Your symptoms are suggestive of vitamin deficiency. So I suggest you to follow a few instructions mentioned below. Take Calcium and Vitamin D3 supplements. Drink milk and eat milk products except for cheese. Dri...  Read Full »

Based on my liver function test reports and ultrasound, please let me know the cause of my rib pain.

Query: Hello doctor, I am sharing my variable alkaline phosphatase, total and direct bilirubin level along with upper right quadrant ultrasound which states no findings. I am also sharing report of my liver isoenzymes. Kindly share your advise.  Read Full »


Dr. Noushif. M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The report does not look worrying and most findings are normal (attachment remove to protect the patient's identity). Kindly answer the below-mentioned questions so that I could guide you better. 1. What are your symptoms currently and why were these tests done? 2. Do...  Read Full »

Why do I have a sharp pain in my lower ribcage?

Query: Hello doctor,I have had a sharp pain in my lower right ribcage which gradually spread to my lower left ribcage and the back. I went to the doctor and he prescribed me a bunch of muscle relaxers and pain inhibitors. The pain is not severe but it causes a burning sensation. After taking tablets at lun...  Read Full »


Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query. The dizziness, nausea, and vomiting you experienced could be side effects of the prescribed medications, and it is crucial to discuss these symptoms with your healthcare provider. In the meantime, I suggest you follow the instructions ...  Read Full »

I am getting some pulling pain under my ribs and back. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor,For the past two days, I am getting the pain under my right rib cage slightly under the chest and even back under the shoulder. It does not pain usually, but the pain remains there. But when I am laughing, it hurts like something is pulling, and the pain increases. What could it be and ...  Read Full »


Dr. Gohel Harshul Maheshbhai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your history is suggestive of muscular pain. But it should also to rule out any cardiac cause. I will give you some medication, if you did not find any improvement, you consult a cardiologist for a complete cardiac profile, or I will provide you with some tests that ...  Read Full »

I have pain below my breasts. Is it due to pancreatic cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I have pain under the rib on the right side, just below the breast. I had gallbladder removal when I was 26 years old. I am now 32-year-old and when I place my hand below the right breast area and slide slightly to the right, I have a burning type of weird pain on a specific spot. I do...  Read Full »


Dr. Kulkarni Rahul Suresh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. It seems that you have the answer hidden in the question you asked. First of all, do not worry about pancreatic cancer. It is highly unlikely that you, at this age, would be suffering from the same. You need to refrain from alcohol and fat...  Read Full »

Is surgery required to treat my non-healing broken ribs?

Query: Hello doctor, My three ribs were broken due to falling down the apartment stairs. During the past two months moderate to severe lingering pain has been felt in the area where the injury occurred. I went to the family doctor, had some tests done, and end result shows that the ribs never fully healed,...  Read Full »


Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. Ribs usually take three months to heal, so I suggest you either wait for some more time or you can send me your current X-ray so that I can see and advise you accordingly. Till then I feel you should just use a rib bel...  Read Full »

Why does my rib cage feel bruised when I touch it?

Query: Hello doctor, Why does my rib cage feel bruised when I touch it? Also, why am I getting slight pain around my body? Please advise.  Read Full »


Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, it can sometimes happen due to muscle spasms in the rib cage. Do hot fomentations twice daily. You can apply analgesic gel externally. You need to take the following tablets after consulting a specialist and with their consent. 1.Tablet Ibuprofen (400 mg) twic...  Read Full »

My pelvic joints hit each other while walking after trauma. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I tore something from my ribs and pelvis five years back; since then, my entire torso has been falling apart, and no doctor can pinpoint exactly what it is. Since the injury, my left ribs are floating around, and I can no longer control my pelvic movements, causing my pelvic joints to h...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Shoyab

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. I saw your attached photos and the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the pelvis (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). MRI shows that your pelvic joints are in perfect order of structure and outline,...  Read Full »

I felt a sharp pain under my left rib cage after I yawned. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, I just yawned and felt a sharp pain under my left rib cage. The pain is from the bottom of my sternum to the middle of my left rib cage. It is a sharp pain and does not radiate. Should I be concerned? Go to the hospital? What to do? Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and can understand your health concern. Your pain could be due to gastritis. You can take some antacid syrup two teaspoons thrice daily. I also suggest you get an ultrasound of the abdomen, serum amylase, and lipase done as many other dis...  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 rib pain. I would like to ask a few questions. Is that pain on the costochondral junction which means if you palpate your ribs you can feel there is one gap and then the other rib is started? So pai...  Read Full »

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