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A year ago I felt something pop along my left side. I was told it was an intercostal strain and would improve in a few months. However, the pain continues to be constant, sometimes acute, sometimes aching. I have seen several orthopedists but gotten no results. I'm wondering if I have intercostal neuralgia or a muscle strain. The pain is between 2 specific ribs on the left side and runs from sternum to spine, with the pain being more in one place than another depending on the day. I don't want to go back to another orthopedist so I'm asking what kind of specialist I should consult and if an MRI is required to see what is happening. I know I didn't break a bone. How should I proceed?

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replied June 23rd, 2018
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Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
This seems to be intercostal neuralgia.I would suggest you take gabapentin and diclofenac sodium to settle the issue.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care

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