How to treat rib cage pain that gets worse on coughing or breathing?Sport Medicine Lungs
I'm a 24-year-old male. I've been having sharp pain on my lower left ribcage for 2 days. This is the 2nd time in a period of 4 months. The pain gets worse when I take a deep breathe, cough, laugh or sneeze. It is extremely uncomfortable when I am lying down. Medical tests and checks have all been normal.
Some uncommon causes of such pain, after ruling out more threatening causes, include costochondritis ( pain being more in front) and slipping rib syndrome ( pain being more at the side). Muscular causes may be considered in event there was any prior trauma.
While it may be managed with medication, a single injection with local anesthetic and steroid helps to reduce the pain, wash out any inflammation and provide an expansion effect to any nerve compression.
Do consult your friendly orthopedic or pain doctor for a better assessment!
Dr Daniel Phang
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