Symptoms & Conditions  RIB AND CHEST PAIN


Pain specific to the rib/chest typically falls under two types: intercostal neuralgia and costochondritis.  Intercostal Neuralgia is a rare condition that causes pain along the nerves located between the ribs.  It is caused by damage to one of the nerves or loss of function of the nerve, which can produce periodic episodes of acute pain, or pain that is dull and constant.  Costochondritis, sometimes known as chest wall pain, occurs when the cartilage that connects your rib to the breastbone (sternum) becomes inflamed.  The symptoms of costochondritis often mimic a heart attack.

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Signs & Symptoms of Intercostal Neuralgia:

●  Intense, sharp, stabbing pain in the upper-chest
●  Aching pain in the upper-chest
●  Pain increases when coughing or laughing
●  Pain that wraps around the chest
●  Skin in the area has decreased sensitivity

Causes of Intercostal Neuralgia Include:

●  Shingles
●  Post-chest tube insertion & removal
●  Post-chest surgery
●  Chest or rib injury
●  Pregnancy
●  Tumors

Signs & Symptoms of Costochondritis:

●  Pain on the side of your breastbone
●  Pain feels sharp and pressured
●  Pain increases when you cough or take a deep breath

Causes of Costochondritis Include:

●  Overexertion such as heavy lifting or severe coughing
●  Injury or a blow to the chest
●  Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis
●  Joint infections
●  Tumors (cancerous and noncancerous)

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