What's this recurring occasional sharp pain in my ribs?
August 23, 2011 7:46 AM Subscribe
Maybe once or twice a year for as long as I can remember, I've had a short-lived sharp pain at a certain spot in my ribs. It doesn't seem to be related to anything else going on with my body, once it stops I'm not sore, and I have no idea what it is or why it happens. Is this a thing people are familiar with?
posted by cortex to health & fitness (35 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
It generally lasts anywhere between fifteen minutes and a couple of hours. I've got a marathon session going on now where it started yesterday evening and has stuck with me all night.
It's very localized; I'd say it feels like it's in or right at my ribcage, a couple inches below my nipple. I haven't taken notes so I can't swear it's always been at exactly that spot when it has happened in the past, but it's always been in that same region at least.
It doesn't throb or ache; there is only pain when I am in specific positions or inhale sufficiently deeply, and the pain immediately recedes to nothing again if I exhale or change position.
I'd say the pain feels a little like the stitch in your side you can get while running, though it's been a while since I've given myself a stitch like that so I can't swear by the comparison.
I've never talked to a doctor about it because it happens so infrequently, lasts so briefly, and has never caused me any problems; generally I've forgotten about it entirely the next day. The half-a-day variant right now has me thinking I should at least run it by my GP, but it'd be great to have a more specific idea of what the heck it is or how to describe it if anybody has experienced this.