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Intercostal Neuralgiain Gilbert, AZ

Treatment Options

Treatment options may include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Antihistamines
  • Antiviral medications
  • Capsaicin cream
  • CorticosteroidsNerve block injections
  • Deep breathing
  • Exercise
  • Massage therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Shingles medications
  • Stretching
  • Yoga


Symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Breathing problems
  • Chest issues (cramping, pain, pressure, tightness, tearing sensation)
  • Chest pressure, cramping, tightness, or a tearing sensation in the chest
  • Coughing up greenish phlegm
  • Fever
  • Heart palpitations
  • Itchiness
  • Limited movement of shoulders or back
  • Numbness
  • Pain in arm, back, or shoulder
  • Rib pain
  • Sudden confusion, dizziness, loss of consciousness

Pain described as:

  • Aching
  • Acute
  • Constant
  • Dull
  • Gnawing
  • Sharp
  • Spasm -like
  • Stabbing
  • Tender
  • Tearing

Diagnosis / Tests

Diagnostic tests include:

  • CT scan
  • MRI scan
  • Physical exam
  • Ultrasound
  • X-Ray


Causes & contributing factors may include:

  • Chest injury
  • Nerve degeneration
  • Neuritis (nerve inflammation)
  • Pregnancy
  • Rib injury or infection
  • Shingles
  • Strained muscle in the chest area
  • Surgery
  • Tumors

The Pain Experts of Arizona was founded to bring the highest level of care in a state-of-the-art setting that emphasizes the belief of treating our patients with the same respect, compassion, and dedication we would treat our own friends and family.

Contact our office to schedule an appointment and let us help you get back on your way to an active life without the limitations of chronic pain. From our Phoenix office, The Pain Experts of Arizona, serves pain management patients in Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek, and the entire Phoenix area.