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I had a CT scan and it came back normal, as did xray and

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I had a CT scan and it came back normal, as did xray and ultrasound but for two years I've had persistent crippling pain in right rib area and its tender to touch. Why are the tests coming back normal when there is obviously a problem
JA: Have you had any recent injuries? What seems to make the pain better or worse?
Customer: No injuries. When I'm just sitting in the chair watching tv or lying on that side in bed, its tender to touch and it feels lumpy
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: No. Have family history of various cancers, heart disease and aneurysm
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Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 9 months ago.

This is Dr. David

is your pain in the rib bone or below the rib?

how old are you?

are you male or female?

on a scale from 0-10, how intense is the pain?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Im45yrs old and female. The pain can vary but mostly I score it a 8
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Its in the rib area
Expert:  Dr. David replied 9 months ago.

you could have a pinched nerve in your mid back which can pinch the interacostal nerve which travels along the rib

an MRI scan of your thoracic spine can check for pinched nerves exiting the spine.

it doesn't sound like you have had an MRI scan yet.