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What causes pain in left lower ribs and left-sided stiffness in neck?

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Posted on Fri, 11 Dec 2015
Question: I feel pain in my left lower ribs when i breath, I also have stiffness in my left side of neck and some what in shoulder.
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar (30 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Muscular pain/ Pleuritis.

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for your query

I'm Dr Sudhir Kumar

I have gone through your query and understand your concern. You are likely to be having muscular pain chest or Pleuritis. Pleuritis is inflammation of covering of lung due to temporary viral infection. Treatment of both the condition is rest and analgesic such as ibuprofen 400 mg three times a day after meals for nearly 3-5 days . Vitamin B and C help in recovery. If you have fever then you are advised to get x ray chest PA view to see condition of lung and visit physician. You can discuss with your doctor about it.

Hope your query get answered. If you have any clarification then I will be happy to help you.

Wishing you a good health.
Take care.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Sudhir Kumar (14 hours later)
I have noticed that pain increases manifolds after having meals. I have noticed it and its a pattern , it takes a while before it settles down
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar (33 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
May increase due to fullness in Pleuritis.

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Welcome back
Yes pain may increase in Pleuritis due to fullness in the abdomen after meals.But you should also consider for gastric acidity as a cause and Omeprazole empty stomach is useful.Abdominal ultrasound may be useful to rule out abdominal cause.
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What causes pain in left lower ribs and left-sided stiffness in neck?

Brief Answer: Muscular pain/ Pleuritis. Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for your query I'm Dr Sudhir Kumar I have gone through your query and understand your concern. You are likely to be having muscular pain chest or Pleuritis. Pleuritis is inflammation of covering of lung due to temporary viral infection. Treatment of both the condition is rest and analgesic such as ibuprofen 400 mg three times a day after meals for nearly 3-5 days . Vitamin B and C help in recovery. If you have fever then you are advised to get x ray chest PA view to see condition of lung and visit physician. You can discuss with your doctor about it. Hope your query get answered. If you have any clarification then I will be happy to help you. Wishing you a good health. Take care.