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Rib pain on breathing, sore cartilage, severe pain. Causes and treatment?

hello I am a 33 yo Male, non smoker, I have a pain under front left ribs when I breath, there is no pain to touch except when breathing in, then it becomes very tender and sore on the front of cartlage. It has been happening for approx 1 week and is getting more severe. I noticed a few days ago that the pain felt very deep inside centre left back as well, but it is all in the front now. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you
Asked On : Mon, 7 Jan 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for writing to us.

From the description, it seems you might be suffering from Costochondritis .

The causes are not exactly known for this condition, but certain things trigger costochondritis. These include a blow to the sternum/or rib area, an infection in the costochondral joints, perhaps caused by a surgery, and overuse of the muscles and joints surrounding the sternum.

Visit the doctor. Your doctor will be better able to diagnose costochondritis.

Wishing you good health...

Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Orthopaedic Surgeon.
Answered: Tue, 8 Jan 2013
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