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Why ribs are sore on touching? No injury, had preeclampsia during pregnancy

When I have an itch round my rib area I notice even when I don t scratch hard they hurt like a sore hurt as if I ve been pokin at it hard... So it made me courious an I poked around both sides of my ribs an they are sore an I ve never injured myself the only problem I had with my ribs was when I was pregnant an had preeclampsia but the pain went away then came bck alittle left and now its back I keep track of my blood pressure its fine an they checked my urine at the docs for protine it was fine... Why can my ribs be sore when I touch?
Asked On : Sat, 23 Jun 2012
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Thanks for writing in.

Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone (sternum) — a junction known as the costosternal joint. Pain caused by costochondritis may mimic that of a heart attack or other heart conditions.

Your doctor might refer to costochondritis by other names, including chest wall pain, costosternal syndrome and costosternal chondrodynia. When the pain of costochondritis is accompanied by swelling, it's referred to as Tietze syndrome.

Most cases of costochondritis have no apparent cause. In these cases, treatment focuses on easing your pain while you wait for costochondritis to improve on its own.

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Answered: Wed, 23 Oct 2013
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