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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What could cause difficulty breathing, back pain with problem in ribs?

detailed ondent on rt rib cg hi my name is aldo im 39 yrs of age and I have a problem with my ribs, its been progressing in the past 6 years now I have only half the space for my lung making it hard to breath. my doctors show no concern im to the point where my back hurts all of the time and it seems that im only breathing with my left lung and maybe only 10% of intake on my rt side can I get help with this
Tue, 28 Jun 2016
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Pulmonologist 's  Response
Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
In my opinion, you should consult pulmonologist and get done chest x ray and PFT (pulmonary function test).
Your symptoms are commonly seen with bronchitis, pleural effusion, collapsed right lung and fibrotic right lung.
So chest x ray is must to rule out pleural effusion and collapsed lung.
PFT is must for the diagnosis of bronchitis.
You may need inhaled bronchodilator and inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) if it is bronchitis.
You may need antibiotics and anti tubercular drugs if it is pleural effusion and collapsed lung.
Don't worry, you will be alright with all these. First diagnose yourself and then start appropriate treatment.
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
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