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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George McKenzie is a former TV news anchor, medical reporter and radio talk show host.
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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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Severe Abdominal Pain every morning… what is this from?
For about the past 2-3 months i have been having reasonably painful stomach cramps in the morning. The pain usually goes away after I get moving, or eat something. I have never had this throughout my life. I am beginning to notice afternoon discomfort now. The pain is in the upper part of my stomach 2″ below the rib cage. I feel like im burning up but have no temperature, and I feel all this pressure in my ears and behind my face… its a weird feeling to explain. I also feel pretty bloated.
Is this normal gas or a problem that should be looked at?
You need to go to a doctor about this. You could be having enzyme problems, digestion issues, and even an intestinal blockage forming. So do go see a doctor.
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Bad lower stomach pain HELP!?
I’m having very bad lower abdominal pain. I cant suck in my stomach at all. If I lay on my bed on my stomach it hurts really bad. What could this be? … I need help because it hurts =(
If you aren’t feverish or nauseated, I agree it might be gas.
Good idea: Lay on your side and lift your knees to your chest OR lay on your back and lift your knees to your chest. Have your pelvis tilted a bit and hold it like that for a couple minutes. It helps move the gas.
If the pain is severe, the pain increases and has lasted more than four hours, you are nauseated or vomiting, or are running a fever, go to the hospital.Tags: abdominal, answers, back, backup, bloating,, burning, constant, lang, lower, Most Popular, pain, source, stomach, stomach pain, tags