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Rib pain

03/23/2009

Question:

i am a 52 year old woman that slipped on ice, never hitting ground, since this has happened i have have serious and chronic rib pain that runs under left breast area from sternum to back. I can not sit for very long that the pain worsens same thing with walking or standing i`ve tried to explain to physicians that it feels like an extra rib is in there, i have had x-rays and mri`s showing no break or fracture however pain has been constant since dec 2007. Please help

Answer:

It looks like this may be coming for your thoracic spine. You may want to ask your primary care physician to order a thoracic spine MRI to the rule out thoracic disc herniation.

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Response by:

Hammam  Akbik, MD, FIPP Hammam Akbik, MD, FIPP
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Anesthesia
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati