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Rib Pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 1, 2011
  • 07:32 PM

I have been suffering from severe rib cage pain going on about 7 months. I have been to the doctor numerous times and had chest xrays as well as a chest ct and nothing was ever found. I was then diagnosed with Costrochondritis which is an inflammation at the junction of the rib cage and its cartilage. I have also been having chest pains that almost feels like I've pulled a muscle, pain under my arms and through both sides of my neck, pain in my lower back and have been having severe headaches. After typing in all of my symptoms one of the first diagnoses that popped out to me was Lung Cancer. Since my grandfather died of Lung Cancer and my father died of Lung Disease it is a very scary reality to face that I could end up having Lung Cancer as well. However, like I said I've had numerous chest xrays and a chest ct and nothing showed up. I see a Lung Specialist due to have sleep apnea and said that alot of the pain is coming from in simple words an enlarged and overworked diaphragm. He said that can cause pain in the ribs that will go around to the back and cause shortness of breath. It's really hard for anyone other than a health specialist to diagnose anything and you just have to make them do the proper tests. It is your body and you are the one paying them, tell them your concerns and the tests you would like to see done on you to make sure you are given the right diagnosis. Hope the best for everyone!

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