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arthritis in the ribs??

Posted by vieja (My Page) on
Sun, Dec 21, 08 at 18:31

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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RE: arthritis in the ribs??

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?

RE: arthritis in the ribs??

No, no rib damage ... just VERY tender when touched.

- vieja

RE: arthritis in the ribs??

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.

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