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Suggest Remedies For Pain In The Ribs

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Posted on Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Question: for several months, I awake with dull pain inside rib cage, on left side, under shoulder blade. I sleep on my back or right side, changing positions 3-4 times per night. I am 79, and have multiple back surgeries but this pain in not in surgical area
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Answered by Dr. T Chandrakant (17 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Clinical evaluation, CT scan of the chest

Detailed Answer:
Hi.
Thanks for your query.
Noted the history and understood the concerns.
Dull pain is inside the rib cage - on left side - under shoulder blade - multiple back surgeries but pain not in surgical area...
All this indicate that there may be a problem with the lung and/or pleura on the affected side.
I would advise you the following in such a situation:
Clinical evaluation and examination by a Doctor particularly to hear the breathing sounds called auscultation. It can show peculiar sounds and indicate for any internal problem.
X-ray of the chest in PA and left lateral position as a preliminary investigations to be followed by CT scan if anything is required to get an appropriate diagnosis so that an appropriate management can be done.

I hope this answer helps you.
Please give feedback and feel free to ask for further relevant queries if you feel that there is a gap of communication.
With Regards.
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Suggest Remedies For Pain In The Ribs

Brief Answer: Clinical evaluation, CT scan of the chest Detailed Answer: Hi. Thanks for your query. Noted the history and understood the concerns. Dull pain is inside the rib cage - on left side - under shoulder blade - multiple back surgeries but pain not in surgical area... All this indicate that there may be a problem with the lung and/or pleura on the affected side. I would advise you the following in such a situation: Clinical evaluation and examination by a Doctor particularly to hear the breathing sounds called auscultation. It can show peculiar sounds and indicate for any internal problem. X-ray of the chest in PA and left lateral position as a preliminary investigations to be followed by CT scan if anything is required to get an appropriate diagnosis so that an appropriate management can be done. I hope this answer helps you. Please give feedback and feel free to ask for further relevant queries if you feel that there is a gap of communication. With Regards.