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Pain in rib cage, diagnosed Intercostal myalgia. Some relief with painkillers, reoccurring on stopping. Cure?

Hi Doctor, This is Madan I am having pain in my Left rib cage. Symptoms : When I bend it is painful Medication : Consulted 2 doctors and they had given pain killers ( Paracetmol, Diclofenac Sodium ) Pain is present from past 3 weeks. Effect of pain killer is only 80%. After I stop pain killer, it is re occuring. The doctor told us it is Intercostal myalgia . Please suggest whether it can be that long period as still it is persisting.
Asked On : Tue, 1 Jan 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Jan 2013
Thanks for posting your query.
Do you have fever/ cough with sputum/ breathlessness along with chest pain?
You should consult with internal medicine specialist/ pulmonary physician and should go for thorough check up.
You should go for chest x ray and ECG on preliminary basis.
If all mentioned symptoms are present along with significant chest x ray then there is possibility of pneumonia and you should take complete antibiotics course.
If all mentioned symptoms are absent then there is high possibility of myalgia.
You should take muscle relaxants along with analgesics.
Take care,
Dr. Mayank Bhargava
Answered: Wed, 2 Jan 2013
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