The Left Ribs Protrude And The Left Chest Appears Swollen?
I used to suffer from tuberculosis, before lymph nodes. thank God now healed completely, but since then I realized, the left chest looks enlarged. Five years have passed and I still see unevenness in the ribs, sometimes chest pain, and shoulder pain. I am afraid that this is breast cancer (even though I am male “), but no discharge came from the nipple, not reddened, did not also grow lumps, only swollen. I thought this was only Gynecomastia, but I was out of puberty (I was 20 years old ) and this has been going on for about 5 years Complaints so far: 1. Left ribs stand out, uneven with the right 2. Left chest is slightly swollen 3. Sometimes it feels painful and immediately disappears 4. Sometimes it feels achy all over his shoulders left, front back My questions: 1. Can you say that this is a symptom of Splenomegaly, a swollen spleen that causes the left rib to enlarge? And … 2. Is there a link between my old disease (lymph node / benign tumor and tuberculosis) the lungs that Alhamdulliah both have long passed) to what I’m experiencing now? 3. If not, then what do you think?
Hello Moh Dhiya, Thank you for the question.
Have you consulted your doctor further to determine the cause? Is your chest enlarged or do you find a lump in your chest? If the rib is enlarged, then this complaint can be caused by a rib injury, inflammation of the cartilage that connects the sternum and ribs, or changes in the shape of the spine for example due to scoliosis / lordosis / kifosis which causes changes in the shape of the sternum and ribs . Whereas if you mean is a lump in the chest area, then this complaint can be caused by gynecomastia, lipomas, sebaceous cysts. The aches that you feel may be related to changes in the chest / ribs that you convey because your body posture turns gray so that the center of body weight also changes.
The symptoms you mentioned might not be caused by splenomegaly. Splenomegaly is enlargement of the size of the spleen. Splenomegaly can indeed cause pressure on the surrounding tissue or organs, however, this condition does not cause a change in the shape of the rib cage.
What conditions occur in your lymph nodes, do you know the doctor's diagnosis? Due to limited information regarding your previous condition, I'm sorry I cannot provide clearer information, however, it is likely that the condition in your chest is not related to the previous disease, if it is caused by a benign condition.
To ascertain the cause of your complaint further investigation is needed. Before the symptoms get worse, it is highly recommended that you consult a doctor. The doctor needs to ask about your symptoms and your medical history, examine you, and perform other examinations such as x-rays, ultrasound, CT scans, and others. From this examination, the doctor will find out the cause and can provide further treatment. You can warm compresses on the affected area or take over-the-counter pain relievers such as paracetamol if the pain is sufficiently annoying.
I hope this helps.