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Forum Name: Miscellaneous Chest Diseases

Question: Rib Pain and shortness of breath


 zoelextux - Sat Mar 31, 2007 7:40 pm

My 14yr old daughter has been complaining recently of pain under her left ribcage, and shortness of breath on/off. There is also an indentation under the left ribs, but no indentation under the right ribs.
She is a very slender build, rides horses 3-4 times a week, and has not started menstruating yet - in case any of this is of importance.

Thanks for your time.
 Marceline F, RN - Sun Apr 01, 2007 12:04 pm

User avatar Dear Zoelextux,
The first question I would like to pose is if your daughter had a fall recently? The pain you describe and the physical observation could possibly be rib cage damage due to a fall. The best way to know if there is any damage is by xray which can be done at your local emergency room. Without knowing if she fell, or had any other trauma (like being "tossed" against a fence railing), it is too difficult to conjecture what may be causing her pain and shortness of breath. An xray is a simple way to determine any fractures. her pediatrician may have capability at his/her office to xray her, and certainly the doctor needs to evaluate her in person. The emergency room has additional capability to do a Cat Scan, to see if there is internal injury.

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