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right rib pain

Posted by lorilane

 Hi all 1st let me say I have broken ribs in the past and this may be just that, but have changed doctors since my last break several years ago and he thinks gallbladder or maybe liver. But, I am not having any problems with nausea, vomiting, or appetite. I also have osteoporosis which I had the Reclast IV infusion for about 4 months ago.

  Now for my current symptoms. The pain gets worse with movement, smeezing, coughing,etc. and  touching it. It feels very bruised but no outward (skin) bruising). I can trace the rib all the way down from my mid side to just at the end of the rib just across from my navel area and it is very painful to touch. The rib above and below the painful one is not, however. Does anybody find it strange my doctor would think gallbladder or liver ?




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I cannot comment on your Doctor's thinking, as they already removed my gallbladder.  Not to mention, ...  there was nothing wrong with it!

 You could be experiencing muscle pain.

The serratus anterior is a muscle that originates on the surface of the upper eight or nine ribs at the side of the chest and inserts along the entire anterior length of the medial border of the scapula.  The serratus anterior is occasionally called the "boxer's muscle" because it is largely responsible for the protraction of the scapula—that is, the pulling of the scapula forward and around the rib cage that occurs when someone throws a punch. The serratus anterior also helps to stabilize the scapula. In addition, it assists in rotating the scapula upward.

You also have the intercostal muscles which are located between your ribs.  The edges of the Serratus Anterior insert into the intercstal muscles and resembles a V shape when viewed from the side.

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