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ribs hurt cant breath whats wrong ?

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  • Posted By: savage21
  • July 10, 2010
  • 02:29 PM

so for about the past 5 years i get this pain right underneath my chest its like a sharp pain feels like on my rib cage and it feels like i cant take a deep breath so ill lay on my back and lift my arms above my head and sometime that helps but it doesnt make it go away or sometimes ill grab my skin and lift it off my ribs and it will go away ... well until i let go of my skin its really weird and i dont know if it has something to do with smoking my aunt seems to think so i cant remember if the pain started before or after but if anyone knows what is wrong with me please feel free to give me some answers ive asked lots of ppl but they have no clue?

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  • so for about the past 5 years i get this pain right underneath my chest its like a sharp pain feels like on my rib cage and it feels like i cant take a deep breath so ill lay on my back and lift my arms above my head and sometime that helps but it doesnt make it go away or sometimes ill grab my skin and lift it off my ribs and it will go away ... well until i let go of my skin its really weird and i dont know if it has something to do with smoking my aunt seems to think so i cant remember if the pain started before or after but if anyone knows what is wrong with me please feel free to give me some answers ive asked lots of ppl but they have no clue?First things first, you definately need to get a chest xray, as it could be fluid on the lungs. I had this. Being there for so long it may not be a lot of fluid, but it obviously hasn't cleared up on it's own, so it may need draining (sounds worse than it is). The other idea (which I also have) is an inflammation of the cartliage. Which can be really painful particuarly if you press on it. Do go to the doctors and ask for a chest xray, they will listen to your chest anyway, and even if they say an xray isn't necessary just say you would like one anyway, also try taking some anti-inflammatory (like neurophen) this can help if there is any inflamation. Hope this helps, but do go to a doctor, you shouldn't have this for so long.
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  • so for about the past 5 years i get this pain right underneath my chest its like a sharp pain feels like on my rib cage and it feels like i cant take a deep breath so ill lay on my back and lift my arms above my head and sometime that helps but it doesnt make it go away or sometimes ill grab my skin and lift it off my ribs and it will go away ... well until i let go of my skin its really weird and i dont know if it has something to do with smoking my aunt seems to think so i cant remember if the pain started before or after but if anyone knows what is wrong with me please feel free to give me some answers ive asked lots of ppl but they have no clue?I've had symptoms like this before. I don't know if it's the same problem you are having. I had a rib that was out of place in my back. My chiropractor said there is also a nerve in the back that comes around to the front under the breast bone. The pain is horrible and it feels like it's hard to get a good breath. What has helped me is a hot shower, a heating pad to that area, stretching and rest for a few days. Good luck in finding out what is wrong.
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  • costochondritis ?
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