I noticed that the top part of my left rib cage has been what looks like swollen for a couple of months now. So it sticks out a little bit further than the other side. It never really bothered me until recently. It isn't "painful" but really uncomfortable. Its getting more and more uncomfortable the more time that passes. When I touch the swollen areas it can be painful.
I was reading around on the site and found people with problems like this. I went to my doctors and they said my ribs are swollen. I top to sleep on my right hand side and I have a bag that now both sides are holding the weight. My left side of the strenum are the areas which is painful, there is a more of a bump to that side of the strenum as my right side of my strenum bone is normal and more flat.My 3rd and 1st ribs are more swollen
Do you think it has something to do with that? Is there any dangers that I need to be worried about, is my situation more than ribs being swollen. Thank you for your help.
Your symptoms could be more due to stress or musculoskeletal fatigue or over exertion induced sprain.
Some conditions like Fibromyalgia , costochondritis , chronic pain syndromes could sometimes present in a minority of patients , who have issues like severe anxiety, stress and a low pain threshold.
Costochondritis is inflammation of the junctions where the upper ribs join with the cartilage that âholds them to the breastbone or sternum. The condition causes localized chest wall pain and âtenderness that you can reproduce by pushing on the involved cartilage in the front of the rib cage. âMost cases of costochondritis have no apparent cause, and they usually subside spontaneously âwithout treatment.â
Try icing the area and use anti-inflammatory medications like advil to control the pain. The symptoms due to chest wall pain should subside within a few days.
If it does not help, you may consult your doctor who can prescribe you better pain medications.
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