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I am feeling pain in back like there is a vice around my rib cage. I have popped my rib out of place, is that possible ?

Ribcage and Back Pain feel like there is a vice around my My ribs hurt so bad that i can t breathe more than a shallow breath or stand up fully straight. It is just one about half way up my rib cage and it hurts in the front and the back of my body but not the side. When i push on the front the back hurts. It feel as though I have popped my rib out of place, is that possible ? I slept on my side on the floor, have done yoga and lifted close to 50 lbs. repeatedly (which I am used to) I am not sure if any or all of these are the cause? I am 23 and female, but i have a clear medical history . What kind of doctor should I see?
Mon, 2 May 2011
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HI,
If there is history of fall or your rib is structed against some hard objects then fracture of a rib is possible as your pain is of that type.
But as this is not in your case but you lift wt of 50 lbs it is more likely that you might have muscle catch and there is spasm of muscles giving rise to severe pain.
You take some analgesics with muscle relaxant tablet and you will be alright.
If you do not get relief then consult orthopedic surgeon.
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