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Pressure in the rib cage after childbirth. Difficulty in breathing. What is the reason?

My daughter gave birth (all normal) 27 days ago, and woke this morning around 3am with heavy pressure in her rib cage, it still isn't letting up, she had it once before and it went away. It makes it harder to breath, and she says it feels like someone is sitting on chest and is painful to touch right where your ribs separate at the bottom, we are waiting for her clinic to call.
Asked On : Sun, 28 Apr 2013
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Hi kristina,
Thanks for visiting HCM.
Chest pain may have different cause, it can be simple musculoskeletal, may be due to acute pleuritis, pneumonia, pulmonary infarction,or since it is lower down in the chest, may be due to some abdominal problem.
I advise you to go for chest x-ray and if it suggests something, treatment will be according to the diagnosis. If it is inconclusive go for a CT scan thorax to come to a precise diagnosis.
The dreaded disease can be pulmonary embolism which must be ruled out at this juncture. If you are running down fever , go for complete blood count and sputum examination.

Meet your doctor with the above reports ...

Best wishes
Answered: Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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