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Suggest remedies for severe pain on left-sided rib cage

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Posted on Tue, 26 Jul 2016
Question: I have sharp shooting pain on my left side under my rib case randomly. It causes difficulty in taking deep breaths.
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Answered by Dr. Nishad BN (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Costochondritis can be the most likely cause.

Detailed Answer:
Hi

Thank you for asking HCM.

I have gone through your query. Your problem can be due to costochondritis.

Do you have pain while palpation on the rib area. ?
Is there any cough. ?

Better to have an ecg examination to rule out cardiac problems to be on safe side. Chest X ray should be taken to rule out pleurisy (irritation of pleura) also.

For costochondritis you can apply gels containing NSAIDs like diclofenac or ketoprofen , methyl salicylate and capsaicin. Giving warm compress is also good. If no improvement then local injection of corticosteroids or anesthetic will be helpful.

Let me know if anything not clear.
I am happy to help you.
Thanks.
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Suggest remedies for severe pain on left-sided rib cage

Brief Answer: Costochondritis can be the most likely cause. Detailed Answer: Hi Thank you for asking HCM. I have gone through your query. Your problem can be due to costochondritis. Do you have pain while palpation on the rib area. ? Is there any cough. ? Better to have an ecg examination to rule out cardiac problems to be on safe side. Chest X ray should be taken to rule out pleurisy (irritation of pleura) also. For costochondritis you can apply gels containing NSAIDs like diclofenac or ketoprofen , methyl salicylate and capsaicin. Giving warm compress is also good. If no improvement then local injection of corticosteroids or anesthetic will be helpful. Let me know if anything not clear. I am happy to help you. Thanks.