why do my ribs hurt for no reason

The recommended treatment for rib cage pain depends on the cause
of the pain. If the rib cage pain is due to a minor injury such as a pulled muscle or bruise you can use a cold compress on the area to reduce swelling. If youвre in significant pain, you can also take over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers such as Tylenol. If a rib fracture or broken ribs are causing the pain and OTC medication isnвt working, your doctor will prescribe pain relief medications.


You may also receive a compression wrap. A compression wrap is a large, elastic bandage that wraps around your chest. The compression wrap holds the area tightly to prevent further injury and greater pain. However, these wraps are necessary in rare cases because the tightness of the compression wrap makes it difficult to breathe. This can increase your risk of pneumonia. If bone cancer is causing the pain, your doctor will discuss treatment options with you based on the location of the cancer, whether it has spread, or if there are any abnormal growths present.


Your doctor may suggest surgery to remove abnormal growths. In some cases, surgical removal isnвt possible or may be too dangerous. In these cases, the doctor may choose to shrink them using chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Once the growth is small enough, they may then remove it surgically.


Folks, you re breaking my heart: there aren t any doctors here. Please see a doctor, call the nurse line on the back of your health insurance card, or go to an emergency room or community clinic, as soon as possible--the answers are not on an internet message board, so leaving a message here won t do anything for you but help you vent. Until you can see a doctor: stop drinking alcohol, stop taking ibuprofen or other no steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, limit Tylenol to absolutely no more than the recommended daily dose, drink a lot of water, cut WAY back on dairy and fatty, salty or sugary foods, eat some fresh fruits and vegetables, walk at LEAST half an hour a day (preferably a couple of times a day), and stretch (especially the chest--try lying on a narrow bench, bolster or foam roller and opening arms out at shoulder height, bending elbows to 90 degree angle and letting gravity pull arms toward floor; breathing deeply and letting your belly and chest fill with air may also help).


You could have anything from restricted muscles, to indigestion, to ulcers, to gall stones, to appendicitis, to liver failure, to food allergies, so see a doctor and take care of your body before and after.


God bless!