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Sharp pain around upper side of ribs and hurts to breath. Should I go for medical check up?

HI I am having an extreme amount of pain around my right upper side of my ribs it hurts to breath more or so to breath out rather than in it comes and goes in really sharpe pains. I feel mostly in the transition of standin up or sitting down. It also starts at the middle of my side and goes right around in to my spine I know theres not much to be done for an injurey to my ribs so should I go get myself checked out. Or just try to fixx myself at home. I am little scared since it seems to hurt to breath. thank you Mindy
Asked On : Fri, 8 Feb 2013
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General Surgeon 's  Response

Thank you for the query.

After every chest trauma there might be ribs fracture what in some cases causes pneumothorax. This is nothing more than air accumulation in the chest so the lungs have not enough space for proper work. This conditions can be life threatening and always should be ruled out. That is why I suggest you to visit your doctor and have chest X-ray and ribs X-ray.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Fri, 8 Feb 2013
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Dentist Dr. Neha Gupta's  Response
Welcome to the forum.
The pain in your right upper side of rib and the breathing problem may be related to a muscle spasm or a lung disorder. A physical examination is necessary to find out the exact cause.
I suggest you to consult your general physician nearby for a detailed examination. Meanwhile you can do a hot fomentation and apply a local analgesic gel on the area to relieve the spasm.
Answered: Sat, 9 Feb 2013
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