Identifying the cause of rib pain can be difficult because of the number of possibilities. There are a lot. First, let’s take a look at someof the obvious ones: rib pain caused by injuries.
Fractured (Broken) or Cracked Ribs – People who have had cracked or broken ribs say it’s one of the most severe kinds of pain possible – right up there with gunshot wounds, childbirth and kidney stones. A cracked or broken rib is usually easy to diagnose, however. The most common reasons for cracked or fractured ribs include accidents and falls. Painful breathing is a typical symptom. The injured area is likely to be extremely sensitive, and any movement involving the arms or torso will cause discomfort.
Cartilage Injury – When the cartilage that joins your ribs to your sternum (also called the breastbone) is injured or damaged, the resulting pain will feel like a rib injury. Symptoms of cartilage damage in your chest resemble the symptoms of a broken or cracked rib, but may not be as severe. Nonetheless, it can be uncomfortable to laugh, cough or even breathe.
Soft Tissue Damage – There are a number of soft tissue structures that crisscross the ribcage. An injury to any of these muscles, tendons or ligaments will cause ribcage pain. Moving or using the affected area will be painful. The area is also likely to be sensitive to pressure.
Bone Related Issues
Joint inflammation – Many middle-aged people and seniors are familiar with this one. Joint inflammation near the ribs can feel like rib pain. Two very common conditions include the following.
Osteoarthritis – Cartilage connecting the ribs to the breastbone and backbone wears out with age. The resulting inflammation causes pain.
Rheumatoid Arthritis – When you have this disease, you body’s immune system attacks itself. When this happens in joints and connections around the ribs, it causes rib pain.
Rib Pain Caused by Lung Conditions and Diseases
There are several diseases and conditions of the lungs that cause pain in the ribs. These include:
Pleurisy – When the lining between your lungs and your ribs (known as the “pleura”) becomes inflamed due to an infection, it results in sharp pains in the area of the ribcage.
Pneumonia – Pneumonia is a lung infection. It may trigger sharp pain in the the rib cage when you cough, laugh or sneeze.
Tuberculosis – There are a number of symptoms of tuberculosis, including ribcage pain. Some of the others are fever, coughing and fatigue.
Rib Pain and Other Diseases and Disorders
Several types of cancer can cause pain in the ribs or ribcage area. The most common of these include lung cancer and multiple myeloma.
Lung cancer patients often have rib pain in the upper back, and ribcage pain is a symptom in about 80 percent of multiple myeloma cases.
Rib pain is often a symptom in several diseases related to extended exposure to pollutants. Mesothelioma and asbestosis lead the list in this category.
Ribcage pain from mesothelioma is caused by long term exposure to asbestosis, resulting in damage to the pericardial lining of the heart and the pleural lining of the lungs. Similarly, asbestosis is caused by a build up of scar tissue caused by asbestosis fibers.
Other Causes of Pain in the Ribs
The following causes for pain in the ribs fit into the “miscellaneous” category:
Gallbladder problems like gallstones or a gallbladder attack. Pain pain can occur in the abdominal area near the ribs, or,in some cases, in the upper back between the shoulder blades.
Nerve issues (especially caused by damage to the spinal column).This category includes shingles, a nerve condition which often starts with acute pain in the ribcage area of the torso.Beforelong,it erupts into an extremely uncomfortable rash on various parts of the body.
Abuse of steroids is another risk factor for rib pain.
Stress and anxiety that causes deep breathing sometimes overextends or strains the muscles around the ribcage.
Chest pain from angina is a possibility. Angina is a classic symptom of heart disease.
Obviously, there are dozens of diseases, disorders and conditions that can cause rib pain. While some are very minor and resolve on their own with time, some can be very serious. If your rib pain lasts for more than a few days, or seems to be growing in severity, it would be a good idea to discuss your symptoms with your doctor.
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Pain in lower right abdominal area?
I am 19 year old male in good health and i have had this pain in my lower right abdominal for a month or so and it is just a dull ache that comes and goes and sometimes feels like a burning sensation. I went to the doctor awhile back and they think i have ibs but havent done test on it yet. This morning i woke up and bent over to the right and it hurt more than usual but then it went away and it is never unbearable just annoying and i would like to know what you guys think.
it seemed to start after we had started moving a lot of furniture… but could it go on this long and be a small pain like that? I also do a lot of working out and it seems when i do my pullups that if i do lean to much it hurts in that area.
It could be hernia. Do you do alote of heavy lifting?Tags: abdominal, backup, burning, lang, lower right abdominal pain, lower right abdominal pain burning, mage, Most Popular, pain, right abdominal pain, sooper, source
It can happen to you today, over a year or somewhere in the next 10 years but to most of us it will happen at least ones in our lives. We are talking about lower back pain in this article and when you are one of many who already have experienced it one time ore even more times, you know you will do anything to prevent it from happening again. You can divide lower back pain in two types, there is the acute form that will usually last for a few days to a few weeks and there is the chronic lower back pain and this can last months and in some cases even years. The intensity can vary from day to day, with some days the pain can be bearable and some days where the pain is excruciating.
Lower back pain exercises can help you in three ways:
- prevent acute lower back pain from returning
- prevent acute lower back pain from become chronic
- reduce chronic lower back pain
When you want to do some exercises for prevention there are some things you should know first, acute lower back pain is usually caused by muscle strain and overuse, for example doing yard work for a couple of hours can cause this kind of back pain most of the time the day after is the wurst day. The only way to treat this is to take a little rest but not longer than a day or two, avoid positions that exacerbate the pain, use heat or ice, and take a pain killer if you absolutely need to. After that first day of rest you need to start doing some exercises.
With acute lower back pain you can do the exercises on your own but when you have chronic back pain it is wise to learn the exercises under supervision of a physical therapist. Most of the time you can do them on your own after you have the hang of it and even when there is a waiting list for the physical therapist there is a lot you can do without supervision.
When the extreme pain is over and you are able to stand up on your own, it is time to start with some strengthening exercises and gentle stretches, these will not only address your back but also your stomach and legs. All exercise you do should be about strengthening the muscles in the back stomach and legs because when you have strong muscles they are much less sensitive to be strained. And when you have strong leg and stomach muscles these can help your back muscles from overuse and straining. Strong muscles help to keep less strong muscles in place, our body just works better when it has strong muscles. This way the exercises will prevent the back pain from returning and become chronic, it also helps you recover much faster.
You should not let any residual pain keep you from doing exercises, lying in bed will make your muscles only stiffer and you will lose strength and flexibility. In the long run it will make you feel better, if you are a little bit hard for yourself remember the pain will be much greater if you rest to long.
Keep on doing these lower back pain exercises for a couple of weeks or even months after the pain has gone away to prevent it from returning.
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Abdominal pain for a long time! Can someone please help!?
I have been having pain all over my abdomen for nearly 6 months now. It is generally a burning sensation. Sometimes it hurts in the entire upper abdomen (directly below rib cage), sometimes it only hurts the right side, sometimes the left, other times my lower abdomen has this same burning sensation and sometimes its everywhere at once. I also belch A LOT and I am constipated. I have found no correlation between this pain and what I eat. I have taken Tums, Pepcid, Zantac, Prilosec, Aciphex and Nexium and nothing helps. I have had blood work, Upper GI, Ultrasound and an Endoscopy and everything has come back normal. The other day I had a CT scan and it was normal except for a small cyst on my liver that my doctor says probably isnt causing my symptoms.
Does anyone have any ideas?
Sounds like stomach ulcers or gallbladder problems to me. Get a second opinion if you haven’t had any success with your own doctor. A friend of my family had all those tests done too and they kept telling him they could find nothing. He got so sick and lost so much weight that he was really in danger of dying. His daugther rushed him to the hospital one night in fear of his life. The hospital said it was his gallbladder right away and did and emergency surgery. He got better right away and back to good health. I don’t know how it was missed since he had gotten not once, but several tests were even repeated and they still told him nothing was wrong.
The area you are talking about really does point towards being the gallbladder or ulcer. Both are truly miserable and can make you very sick and really hurt. Both can cause a lot of belching, but constipation is really not a symptom of either. Maybe that is coming from something else like a med you take. Ulcers can cause that burning sensation along with gallbladder problems plus a hiatal hernia will also do that. The tests are not picking up what is wrong. I know my husband had something similar to your symptoms long ago and every doctor told him his tests were normal also. He got to the point where he could not even work anymore and was severely sick like you for many months. It turned out to be a bleeding ulcer. None of the testing picked it up. He lost so much blood that he became anemic and then they finally found the problem. Hang in there and keep fighting to get the right diagnosis.Tags: abdominal, article, backup, burning, lang, left, left abdominal pain, lower left abdominal pain, mage, Most Popular, pain, source
Stomach problem? Acidic foods? No doctor can find what the problem is.?
ok so my mum has had this stomach issue for 30 odd years and is just starting to get bad now. if she eats any acidic foods like bananas, mango’s, tomato (cooked is fine but uncooked upsets her), fish (but tuna is fine but any other fish is not), uncooked onion (cooked is fine), eggs, pineapple and there is alot of other stuff that i can’t think of at the moment. It also gets sore if she doesn’t eat proper meals (vegetables etc) or doesn’t eat enough.
The pain is a burning pain and isn’t too bad unless she eats food she isn’t supposed to, then it gets bad. She gets really weak some times ends up vomiting and then it generally subsides but she is then left really weak until the next day.
She has seen many doctors and nobody knows what it is. does anyone know what it could possibly be?
Your mother possibly has gastritis or an ulcer. Has your mother been checked for the H pylori virus?
Many digestive problems come back to a lack of digestive enzymes in the diet. Low enzymes in the diet cause stomach acid problems and bacteria and parasites can enter the digestive system more easily. Taking digestive enzyme supplements can help.
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