Sharp pain in side

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    Apr 04, 2009 5:39 PM GMT
    Hey guys, I'm looking for some expertise that someone out there might have had this same issue somewhere.

    Yesterday, I was at work and was sitting down in my chair, and I all of a sudden had a very sharp pain in my right side just to the outside of and below my right nipple. It hurt a bit, but wasn't something that ached all the time, but it's come back a few times. It's right on top of a rib, and I'm not sure what it is. If I press on the place, I can feel that it's sore, but it's not something that's always hurting.

    Any thoughts? I did a leg and tricep workout this morning, and it didn't seem to mind that, except when I was doing leg up and I would come down on my right leg and it would jolt.
  • auryn

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    Apr 04, 2009 10:43 PM GMT
    Have a professional check you out if the pain continues. Hopefully, it wasn't much more than a sore inter-costal (muscle between the ribs) or maybe even pec minor. I'd be more inclined to think it's an inter-costal though, since they help the rib cage move when we breathe.

    If you have a subluxated (slightly out of place) rib, a chiropractor, physical therapist, or massage therapist can help.

    Since it's sore to the touch, lay off of chest exercises for a bit.
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    Apr 05, 2009 1:02 PM GMT
    Thanks Auryn. I've got hypermobility issues, so I do see a chiropractor, so I'll make an appointment.

    Anyone else got competing thoughts?
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    Apr 05, 2009 1:06 PM GMT
    Since it was tender to touch, this is most likely chest wall syndrome. This is basket term for many musculoskeletal problems that cause chest pain. Some of the problems are as follows: an inflamed cartilage where the ribs meet the sternum (breastbone). neuralgia of the nerve that runs between the ribs (intercostal neuralgia), a pulled muscle between the ribs, bumps and bruises to the chest wall. If you see a physician, he will need to rule other problems. Any organ in the chest can cause chest pain such as lung problems, heart problems, the lining of the heart and lungs (pleurisy,pericarditis) and problems with blood vessels like the aorta. Sometimes even gallstones cause chest pain. If the pain is from chest wall syndrome it should resolve with rest. Other problems of course will not resolve. Ominous symptoms would include fever, shortness of breath, pain that increases with exercise.
    Here is a link to a Mayo Clinic article which talks about inflamed cartilages in the chest and other more serious problems.