Re: Very bad rib cage pain upon waking every day
It's basically an inflammation of tissues in the rib cage area (muscles, tendons, ligaments, and sometime bone inflammation). Often happens after some kind of strain, sprain or accident (I was told I had it after persistent one side rib cage pain after falling off a bunk at camp in my teens when I of course didn't slow down after the fall).
It's usually the first thing that is thought of with symptoms like these but it's true that if it perseveres and worsens it is likely not the diagnosis. A college athlete who doesn't rest up after this type of diagnosis could see worsening.
Thus a doctor visit and a chest x-ray (front and side views) is the way to start down the diagnostic pathway.
Rt thumb fusion '13. R&L thumb arthroplasty '12 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS' 11. Fusions: L5-S1('87), L4-S1('93), C5-C7('06), L3-S1('10), C4-C5('13). C5-C7 foraminotomy '08