arthritis in the ribs??

vieja_gwDecember 21, 2008

I have a very tender area on my upper chest near the breast bone. Hurts from having a mammogram but the Dr. says it is arthritis ... is arthritis in the ribs common & why is it tender without even moving or touching the area? I guess arthritis in that area would show up on an X-ray like any other area with arthritis like the hand, spine, etc.?

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I thought arthritis occurred in the joints, but what do I know?

Did you do anything that might have caused you to fracture a rib, like putting a lot of pressure there?

    Bookmark   December 26, 2008 at 5:13PM
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No, no rib damage ... just VERY tender when touched.

- vieja

    Bookmark   December 27, 2008 at 4:49PM
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Sounds like it could be costochronditis. It is an inflammation of the cartilage where the ribs join the sternum.
Take an anti-inflammatory and see if that helps. It should get better without treatment but sure is painful until it heals.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2008 at 10:06PM
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