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What causes pain from the armpits to the rib-cage?

Apr 2017
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There is severe pain on both sides of my ribs from my arm pit to the end of my rib cage. The pain is worsened by touch and between the ribs. The majority of pain is localized to both of my sides then towards the middle of my back. The pain is always present to the touch but over the course of the day it worsens to a sharp over all severe pain.
Posted Sun, 26 Nov 2017 in Abdominal Pain
Answered by Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Different possibilities need further inputs for clarifications .

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear

Welcome to
I have evaluated your query thoroughly .

* This seems more in relation with with chest wall lesion either ribs , inter costal
muscles , neurovascular bundle , viral cause like herpes or other issues .

Kindly provide further details so that I can answer your query completely .

1. Pain - duration , relieving factors .
2. Associated cough , fever , breathlessness if any .
3. Any skin eruptions over the chest .
4. History of any injury or undue pressure over the chest .
5. Any recent change in current drug schedule .

Awaiting for your response .

Regards .
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Follow-up: What causes pain from the armpits to the rib-cage? 2 hours later
Pain is consistant from middle of back to armpits down. Norco and heat are the only to helpful things. Norco less than heat. The pain is always a four to eight. After using heat it sometimes is worse.
No cough, fever, or breathlessness.
No rash or rashes any where.
Over a year ago I was in an accident where for a brief moment I was crushed. Leaving severe brusing on chest and ribs.
No med changes.
Answered by Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 7 hours later
Brief Answer:
Kindly provide MRI or other reports details done till now .

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for the details .

* There must be definite underlying cause for this intensity of pain & requirement
of medications .

MRI has been performed , if yes then report of the same as well other x-ray reports
would be of great help if you provide as an attachment .

Regards .
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Follow-up: What causes pain from the armpits to the rib-cage? 33 minutes later
I cannot get an MRI due to the fusion and the ICD implant, I have had X-rays and Cat Scans but the focus was and has been spine and organ. This is the first time any doctor has gone to internal wall of ribs from breast to spine. It makes sense who should I go to for these tests to determine your hypothesis.
Answered by Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 23 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Neurophysician with necessary work out may find solution of the agony .

Detailed Answer:
Welcome dear .

* The Neurophysician can have a helping hand in this issue .

* Nerve conduction velocity , electromyography are specific diagnostic
evaluations should be discussed with the doctor .

Hope this may help you .

Wishing you fine health ahead .
Welcome for any further assistance .

Regards dear take care .
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