Tietze from leaning onto ribs or not? Twice in month

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is it possible to get Tietze syndrome from leaning onto your ribs?

The first time was about a month ago and I leaned my right rib  side into a wooden railing . All of a sudden I felt a pop and tremendous pain ((lower rib area). THe pain lessened that night but got worse over the next two days. The pain was horrible but went away after two weeks.

A month after this incident I had tried to get out of the pool by leaning onto the concrete (done this many times ). ALl of a sudden that same popping felt and intense pain again- this time I leaned onto the right side. .

Both times I went to the ER and the first time they did an xray - they diagnosed it as a bruised rib bone or possible hairline fracture because it was too early to see anything small on the xray. THis week when I went they didnt even do an xray they just DX rib fracture again more pain meds .   

Today when I was bending over I felt somethng similar but without the pop and the pain is so much worse.

TO me I cant understand why this keeps happening to me when I am doing things I have always done.   

It doesnt make sense to me to have two rib injuries less than a month apart.

 I am 46 female and work out daily.

Thank you for your help in advance


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    hiaby51749.  It seems that Tietze syndrone vaires in pain and intensity.  My Dr told me mine is caused by arthritis in my ribs.  It will not allow my ribcage to move (up, down, right, left) as they are encased in arthritis; thus I have trouble breathing and I have random chest pain  I bruised my ribs last year lending over too far into a trash bin (to get a box). That may have started the arthritis in my ribs. My arthritis in my knees and shoulders was caused by a bad car wreck.Seems banging or hitting an area can "loose" arthritis or something like that.  I know mine started after my wreck and I had to take an early retirement. All I have been told to do is take 2000mg of Tumeric.  I don't think my Tietze is going away. Try not to do anything to damage your ribs and see if they improve any after a while.  Have you been tested for osteoporosis? Fybromyalgia?

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      Cindy us that much turmeric helping.  I take a smaller amount which helps a bit, but yours is a much higher dose.
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    I have the same issue as you with the ribs popping and tenderness in the chest area and in the back under both scapulas. I injured mine doing dips over a year ago and I've gone to countless doctors and specialists with no successful treatment nor diagnosis. Some doctors claim it's Chostochondritis, however, I've done every treatment there is for the issue and I still have the symptoms 13 months later. I'm extremely frustrated.


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