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What causes sensitivity and pain in the rib cage and right arm?

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Posted on Fri, 20 May 2016
Question: I have sensitivity in my rib on the right side and it migrates into my mid back and in the deltoid top of my right arm .... No pain it simply feels sensitive like if you had a healing bruise ...I am also plagued with pain in the right temple like headache pain but only on the right temple area .
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Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Two different conditions.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thanks for using HCM.

I have read your query and understand your concerns.

Increased sensitive area that you describe seems to be distributed from spinal cord to ribs in a regular (dermatome) fashion.

This is a characteristic of nerve involvement (sensory nerve in your case) by compression.

Conditions such herniated disc disease, arthritis of the spine may cause it.

Pain at one side of the head could be related to different conditions ranging from primary headaches, ( migraine, tension type etc.) ear problems and inflammation of the temporal artery ( temporal arteritis ).

It is necessary to consult with your primary care Doctor, because there is need for a clinical examination and most likely imaging studies of your spine, in order to find the exact cause of your symptoms.

Hope you found the answer helpful.

Let me know if I can assist you further.

Greetings.
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Follow up: Dr. Erion Spaho (7 hours later)
Is there any type of treatment for this condition , should i apply moist heat to the area. Also i have a noticed a slight headache in the right temple area that has responded to aspirin therapy . Thank you.
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Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Heat applied locally can help.

Detailed Answer:
Welcome back.

Heat application locally ( over the affected part of the spinal column ) could help improve your symptoms.

Stretching exercises also could help.

If aspirin improves your head pain, it could be local inflammation that is causing it.

Getting evaluated by your primary care Doctor, should give more information about the correct cause of your symptoms.

Hope I helped you.

Wishing you good health.


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What causes sensitivity and pain in the rib cage and right arm?

Brief Answer: Two different conditions. Detailed Answer: Hello and thanks for using HCM. I have read your query and understand your concerns. Increased sensitive area that you describe seems to be distributed from spinal cord to ribs in a regular (dermatome) fashion. This is a characteristic of nerve involvement (sensory nerve in your case) by compression. Conditions such herniated disc disease, arthritis of the spine may cause it. Pain at one side of the head could be related to different conditions ranging from primary headaches, ( migraine, tension type etc.) ear problems and inflammation of the temporal artery ( temporal arteritis ). It is necessary to consult with your primary care Doctor, because there is need for a clinical examination and most likely imaging studies of your spine, in order to find the exact cause of your symptoms. Hope you found the answer helpful. Let me know if I can assist you further. Greetings.