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Question: Pain in behind the ribs

 melissa2525 - Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:18 pm

Hi i am exsperiencing pain in the right side of my chest behind the ribs it has been there since 7 30 yesturday..... It is like stabbing pain.... What could it be and what should i do thanks
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:09 am

User avatar Hello,

There are many causes of chest pain which are differentiated according to the character of the presenting complaints as well as the risk factors. The fact that you are young and a female in addition to character of your symptoms makes heart disease less likely.

The fact that you smoke (as stated in your social history) does raise your risk of certain diseases including cardiovascular disease and cancer. Again, if there are no associated symptoms such as cough, blood in sputum, shortness of breath then these possibilities are unlikely.

Pleurisy, and musculoskeletal disorders (inflammation of the muscles / bones of the chest wall) cause a chest pain that can increase on deep breathing. Musculoskeletal causes of chest pain may also be associated with tenderness in the chest area.

Another possibility is post-herpes zoster infection which causes pain on one side of the body occupying a characteristic dermatome and should be accompanied by the characteristic skin manifestations of herpes zoster.

Other less likely causes include GI causes, neck problems with referred pain, to name a couple.

Is the pain relieved with OCT analgesics? As always, you are recommended to seek direct medical attention and evaluation.

Best regards,
 cook,catlin - Mon Dec 21, 2009 3:25 pm

iamblack male 58 i have been experiencing pain about 3 weeks on my right side lower rib cage i thought it was a pulled muscle but its not getting better i smoke and acasionally drink do drugs. im scared. went to the doctor a month ago doctor said i was heathly. any sugestions.

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