Pain in ribs

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The last two days I have been feeling a bit off it and my body aches and I have a real stabbing pain in my left hand side of the ribs just under the breast,does any body else get this with bx ,I'm pretty new to this and don't always know what to expect ,I can,my cough any mucus up ,should I go see the gp ,also I started with night sweets around a week ago .

Thankyou any advice would be helpful

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    I don't get rib pain, but I do get soreness in glands in underarm area.  I get sweats too. It usually tells me that I have a problem with inflammation or infection.  Have a blood test to see where you are with your white blood cell count. 

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    When I have a lot of congestion and I can't get it up, I get soreness (knot) in the left middle of my back. In the past, it has gotten very uncomfortable and other factors have me see my specialist asap. In the past, it usually meant that I have a mucus plug in my left lobe, so I would need a bronchoscopy. But, now I notice that if it's just back discomfort, excercises, stretching helps and it goes away.  

    Soreness can be from coughing so much or if it's discomfort over a fairly large area it could be an inflammation of the linning of the lungs due to infection in the lungs (that's what a doctor told me once).


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      Hi Thankyou for your advice ,it's more discomfort over large area it's hurting to take a breath in ,I think I will see the doctor tomorrow and see where it goes I'm taking painkillers and it's having no effect so it's pretty bad

      Take care


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    Significant pain in chest lasting more than a few days? Definitely time to see the doctor - preferably a pulmonologist if you have bronchx or other cronic chest condition. Personally I would do it within 24 hours of recognising a changed condition causing pain.

    She/he will listen to your chest and discuss how different you are feeling now and the level and frequency of pain. Unless your chest sounds sweet you will probably be given a chest X-ray. With new pain and other flags of impending infection the doctor will want to eliminate posibilities of developing pneumonia and infections of the pleural lining that wraps around the lungs.

    If I were that doctor I would also be asking you about any other flags of impending infection - deterioration in coughing sputum production, sputum colour, wheezing, tiredness etc.

    If the doc suspects infection you should expect to be given a general antibiotic like levafloxacin, doxycycline or amoxycillin/clavulanic. A sputum sample should be taken and given a few days to culture so that the antibi can be adjusted to target any specific bug. The two hour culture that some clinics and private hospitals do are of limited use IMO.

    Don't panic. Sudden sympton variations including pain are par for the course with us bronchx people. Chest pains that don't go away should not be ignored but they are rarely an indication of anything life limiting.

    Hope it goes well and you don't get one of those dismissive types of doc!

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      Thankyou for your help Steve ,I went to the go last week and told him I had pain and dismissed has been a virus,I have been awake all night with the discomfort and I have booked a appointment ,I am going to ask for a sputum test and see if he can spot anything because I am fed up with the practice I'm at my wits end last time I had to beg for a x ray and I had pleurisy ,I am under a specialist and since been diganossed with bx ,I haven't had any help at all I have been left to get on with it on my own

      Sorry for moaning ,I do appreciate the help

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    Jockeys, pain in my ribs/heart area is how I found out I had Bronch.  I thought it was my heart and got checked by a cardiologist, who referred me to a pulmonary doctor.  I feel like my chest pain (when I have it, which is not often) is due to mucous that has accumulated, so I usually take an expectorant for a few days.  I don't have a severe case of bronch, so not doing any physio, but do exercise at least 3 days a week, which usually helps get the mucous moving.

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