This was suggested to me by a consultant in the ERI whose now retired,had pain for 2 years now on tramadol and gabapentin.
Costochondritis most commonly affects the upper ribs on the left-hand side of your body. Pain is often worst where the rib cartilage attaches to the breastbone (sternum), but it can also occur where the cartilage attaches to the rib.(1)
So, in other words Yes! Those floating ribs are attached via the cartilage. I think it could also be refered pain, indicating a different condition may be possible. I would definitely get a second opinion.
1. Mayo Clinic-(picture of the figure on the Costochondritis). http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/costochondritis/multimedia/costochondritis/img-20005633. Assessed online 9/19/2016.
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