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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What causes severe pain in the ribcage while suffering from pleurisy?

hi, i was told 1-11-18 that i have pleurisy. i don t have chest pain but the most terrible pain in the left ribcage area. it is worse in the ribs in my back. i can not even push a drawer closed everything i have read talks about chest pain which i don t have. i am also hearing clicking or poping sounds.
Mon, 11 Jun 2018
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

As you stated, pleurisy is usually involves chest pain that is worse when taking a breath. If your pain is worse with movements, it may involve inflammation of the ribs and associated muscles. You may have already had some imaging but repeat in depth imaging such as a CT or MRI of the chest region may be needed if the pain is not resolving.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
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