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Every morning when I wake up I have rib cage pain on both

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Every morning when I wake up I have rib cage pain on both sides. After I'm up for a while it goes away. This has gone on for about 2 months
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Onlinedoc replied 1 year ago.


Associated cough,fever?

History of smoking,alcohol consumption?


Phlegm at back of throat in morning?

Any tests done so far?

Any other medical illness?

Are you taking any medicines?

Waiting for your reply.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No tests done so far. Lots of coughing all fall but I think that's due to my mold allergy which is always a problem in the fall in Tennessee. I don't smoke and have a glass of wine red about every other night. No major illnesses. Am in good shape physically. A touch of sleep apnea but that has been a long-standing problem remedied with a mouth appliance or by sleeping on my side. I take a mood stabilizer but no other prescription medication. Thanks for any light you can shed on this subject.
I did go ahead and make an appointment with a Pulmonologist to check this out, I think it's prudent since this has been a persistent problem for over over two months. Lisa
Expert:  Onlinedoc replied 1 year ago.


Thanks for providing additional information.
I understand your concern and it's my pleasure to help you in every aspect.

As per your description,it appears to be due to musculoskeletal in origin most likely due to inflammation of joint of ribs with cartilage called costochondritis.

In other cases it can be due to pinched nerve in the back spine from posture or degenerative changes in spine.

Other possible cause is pleuritis.

So you should try a humidifier in your room.

Also gentle massage with warm compresses can be tried.

You should see an Orthopedic doctor if there is no associated chest infection would be ruled out.

Take OTC Advil.

Change the mattress.

Stretching exercises can be effective.

Hope this helps.

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