i am 22 years old and i dont have any diseases or anyting,but as of yesterday night i have been haviing sharp pains in my rib cage area and my upper right chest -neck area when i move. it hurts when i breathe,cough,and sneeze i cant lay down the way i want to. i have to lay in a certain way for it not to hurt. whats wrong with me? i do have a thyroid problem but i dont think thats it
You have pulled something. Intercostal muscles are very complex. You probably tore something as you turned over in bed. See the doctor for a valuation but then ask him to refer you to a physiotherapist or a chiropractor. All the best
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If the pain is on the outside, it can be costochondritis, which causes pain and tenderness at points where your ribs attach to your breastbone. The inflammation around the joint area gives sharp pain on taking a breath. This can also cause tenderness on pressing the area which pains. An orthopedic doctor can diagnose this for you. Generally there is no cause. However it can be due to infection, blow, injury, or fibromyalgia. It usually goes away on its own. Otherwise it can be treated with muscle relaxants, and non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs. It can also be muscle pull. Shingles can also start this way.
If you have pain under your right rib then there could be a liver infection, pancreatitis, or a gall bladder problem. Get a liver function test, ultrasound or CT of abdomen, and pancreatic enzymes. It can also be due to acidity and duodenal ulcer. Take a late night snack. Raise head end of bed. Take Omeprazole empty stomach in morning and an antacid gel at bedtime. Refrain from smoking, alcohol, fuzzy drinks and spicy food.
Do discuss this with your doctor and get yourself examined. Take care!
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