Re: Possible tear in ligament, rib cage

You probably dislocated a rib. It is pretty common. Could also have strained the muscles surrounding the area or even sprained the ligaments that hold the ribs to the spine. All possibilities. Impossible to give you the correct answer here, you need to have it looked at if the problem persists. could even be a fracture if you are osteoporotic. Shingles can also cause this type of pain. But given the history, it sounds more like its a rib problem. Pleurisy, also called pleuritis, is an inflammation of the pleura, which is the moist, double-layered membrane that surrounds the lungs and lines the rib cage. The condition can make breathing extremely painful, and sometimes it is associated with another condition called pleural effusion where excess fluid fills the area between the membrane's layers. This is possible but not probable in your case.

Posted By doc4bax on May 03, 2007 at 00:27:49:

In Reply to: Possible tear in ligament, rib cage posted by Kathryn Hancock on April 29, 2007 at 08:41:36:

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