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Re: Rib cage
Nov 4, 2003
When I lay down my left side sticks up higher than the right, it is tender sometimes not always. Also do either of you have any scoliosis like me? It can make the rib cage side uneven as well. I have a moderate degree of scoliosis in the thoracsic spine, you may have some of it also, Drs don't always mention if you do have it unless it is of moderate to severe degree. Also do either of you have a conclave breastbone? Sunken in look, like a dip in the middle of the breastbone between the breasts. The arthritis would develope at the rib to where it joins the breastbone and around to the thorasic area of the back. Mine is in the 3rd, 4th and 5th rib joint, it is possible to get arthritis anywhere there is a joint.
Re: Rib cage
Nov 5, 2003
Costochondritis is an inflammatory process of the costochondral or costosternal joints that causes localized pain and tenderness. Any of the 7 costochondral junctions may be affected, and more than 1 site is affected in 90% of cases. The second to fifth costochondral junctions most commonly are involved. Any arthritis such as in the knees or hips would be osteoarthritis, costochondritis is limited to the sternum/chest/rib cage area. There are over 100 different types of arthritis! This arthritis thing is a bummer, I have it in the hands, feet, neck and mildly in the spine along with the costochondritis. The conclave breastbone just means an abnormality. I think I'm abnormal all over these days.

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