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I have intermittent but chronic stabbing pain in the area of

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I have intermittent but chronic stabbing pain in the area of my left third and fourth rib
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

no meds

lots of stress




Thanks for quick input.

It can be due to Costochondritis. It is an inflammation of the cartilage joining ribs to chest bone. It is this inflammation that causes the sharp chest pains inside the chest wall. Nerve can be compressed due to inflamed cartilage.
Other possibility is- Myofascial trigger point, It is a
hyper-irritable spot, usually within a taut band of skeletal muscle or in the muscle fascia which is painful on touch.

To treat this condition doctor advise for medications. These are-
-Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like- Motrin, Naproxen ,Aleve.
-Antidepressants, specifically tricyclic antidepressants, are very helpful.
-Muscle relaxants, are also very helpful in such cases.

Also your doctor can advise for Chest X-ray/EKG to rule out any other possibility.
Please consult your doctor for clinical checkup and get appropriate management.

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