Does anyone else suffer severe pain on their rips and breast?
However, you may experience pain on the left or right sides of the chest. Fibromyalgia chest pain has also been referred to as costochondritis, a condition that inflames the cartilage connecting your ribs to your breastbone. Costochondritis mostly causes pain in the rib cage and upper breast bone.
Ribs are classed as flat bones which usually have a protective role in the body. Humans have 24 ribs, in 12 pairs. All are attached at the back to the thoracic vertebrae, and are numbered from 1–12 according to the vertebrae they attach to. The first rib is attached to thoracic vertebra 1 (T1). At the front of the body most of the ribs are joined by costal cartilages to the sternum. The ribs connect to the vertebrae with two joints, the costovertebral joints.
The parts of a rib include the head, neck, body (or shaft), tubercle, and angle.
The head of the rib lies next to a vertebra. The ribs connect to the vertebrae with two costovertebral joints, one on the head and one on the neck. The head of the rib has a superior and an inferior articulating region, separated by a crest. These articulate with the superior and inferior costal facets on the connecting vertebrae. The crest gives attachment to the intra-articulate ligament that joins the rib to the vertebra of the same number, at the intervertebral disc. Another ligament, the radiate ligament joins the head of the rib to the both the body of the upper vertebra and to the body of the lower vertebra. The smaller middle part of the ligament connects to the intervertebral disc. This plane joint is known as the articulation of the head of the rib.
The other costovertebral joint is that between the tubercle on the neck and the transverse process of the joining thoracic vertebra of the same rib number, and this is known as the costotransverse joint. The superior costotransverse ligament attaches from the non-articular facet of the tubercle to the transverse process of the vertebra.
The neck of the rib is a flattened part that extends laterally from the head. The neck is about 3 cm long. Its anterior surface is flat and smooth, whilst its posterior is perforated by numerous foramina and its surface rough, to give attachment to the ligament of the neck. Its upper border presents a rough crest (crista colli costae) for the attachment of the anterior costotransverse ligament; its lower border is rounded.
A tubercle of rib on the posterior surface of the neck of the rib, has two facets (surfaces) one articulating and one non-articulating. The articular facet, is small and oval and is the lower and more medial of the two, and connects to the transverse costal facet on the thoracic vertebra of the same rib number. The transverse costal facet is on the end of the transverse process of the lower of the two vertebrae to which the head is connected. The non-articular portion is a rough elevation and affords attachment to the ligament of the tubercle. The tubercle is much more prominent in the upper ribs than in the lower ribs.
What is breast pain in women?
Breast pain is any level of discomfort or pain in one or both breasts. It is more common in younger women.
Symptoms of breast pain in women
Pain can occur in one or both breasts. It can be a dull, continuous, ache. Or, it can be a sharp, shooting pain. The pain may come and go each month. Or, it may last for several weeks or even months.
What causes breast pain in women?
Many things can cause pain or tenderness in your breasts, including:
Hormone changes during your period (the most common cause of breast pain).
Water retention, which may happen during your period.
Injury to your breast.
An infection in the breast.
Breast cancer (not a usual cause of breast pain).
Surgery from a biopsy, breast reduction (making your breasts smaller), or a mastectomy (removing your breasts as a preventive measure or treatment for cancer).
If you have breast pain that lasts for a long time or keeps coming back, talk to your doctor.