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It feels like my top left rib is bruised ( but can't see

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Hi there, it feels like my top left rib is bruised ( but can't see anything) and has been for over a week. I lifted my breast up last night and saw a vein looking weird thing going from under my breast to the top rib. I have breast implants that are 21 years old and wonder if that has anything to do with it. Thank you
JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: No, just saw it last night and not on any meds. Just took a naproxen this morning.
JA: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?
Customer: None daily,
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: No allergies that I know of
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 5 months ago.

Hello,
Thank you for your question.
I am Dr Saha, I shall try my best to help you.
How large is the vein?

Is it red, tender?
Do you have any other symptom?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
It's about two inches, no color but very tender. You can only see the vein looking thing when I lift my breast and it hurts. It feels like a tendon pulling under my breast to the rib cage. Very weird.
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
no other symptoms except fear. ��
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 5 months ago.

Thank you for the information,
The vein is likely due to superficial thrombophlebitis or inflammation of vein.
Prognosis is usually good.
In most cases it regresses without much intervention.
However, I would suggest to take an examination by doctor..
You can take advil or naproxen till then.
Please take them after food to avoid gastric irritation.
Please keep the breast supported by well fitted brassiere .
I hope this information helps.
If there’s anything else I can do, please let me know.
If you are satisfied, please rate my answer as good or excellent.
Regards.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Thank you! I hope that's all it is.
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 5 months ago.

You are always welcome.
If you are satisfied, please leave an excellent rating.
Best wishes.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Hi there, I looked up the superficial thrombophlebitis and that is not it. There's not a vein bit more of a tendon looking thing under the skin. From in and under my breast and seems to have moved passed my ribs. No color! Thanks again,
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 5 months ago.

How is the bruise now?

Can you send picture?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
It's not a rise it it feels like a bruise. Yes I can send pics.
The first one is yesterday and the others are today. Seems to be moving down around and over my ribs
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
See the ten***** *****ke thing that goes from under breast down over the rib cage?
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Almost looks like a scar on last pic.
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 5 months ago.

I have seen the pictures.

In this area, tendon is not present.

It is likely prominent vein.

Prominent vein can appear as tendon.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
But why would it be moving down my rib cage?
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 5 months ago.

The vein can course down over ribs.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
There has never been a vein there before and it's very painful. And it's moving down. Have you ever seen this?
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 5 months ago.

You may not see the vein normally.

It gets prominent when inflamed.

Inflammation is the likely cause for pain.

I have seen such cases.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Any suggestions of what caused it or how to make it go away?
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 5 months ago.

There can be a few possibilities.
There can be pressure on the vein from contraction & relaxation of pectoral muscles.
A direct trauma can cause it.

You can see a picture here where it shows which veins are commonly affected.

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1087099-overview

Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 5 months ago.

Warm, moist compress can be helpful.

You can take pain medicines like motrin or naproxen.

Usually it is self limiting.

But an examination should be taken to exclude any inflammatory condition of breast like an abscess.