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Doctor insights on: Chest Sore Cracked Rib Pulled Muscle

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My chest has been sore for a few weeks. I believe it's a minor cracked rib or pulled muscle.?

My chest has been sore for a few weeks. I believe it's a minor cracked rib or pulled muscle.?

Doesn't matter: Whether a rib is broken or bruised is not a particularly meaningful distinction- both are quite painful and the pain lasts for weeks. An easy way to tell the difference, is to compress the chest wall (place hands away from the area of soreness). When you compress the chest wall, if pain is felt at the area of soreness, the rib is likely cracked (bruises only hurt when you press directly on them). ...Read more

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It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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I can breath but I feel like I cant catch my breath anxiety maybe? Its been all day also my chest is sore like pulled muscle or maybe agina?

I can breath but I feel like I cant catch my breath anxiety maybe? Its been all day also my chest is sore like pulled muscle or maybe agina?

Anxiety: “I feel like I cant catch my breath” is likely Anxiety. “sore like pulled muscle” can be due to muscle strain It does not seem Angina as you do not have difficulty in breathing on exertion. See Psychiatrist for • Diagnosis • Therapy for Stress • Medication if needed • Breathing Relaxation • Visual Imagery • MeditationYogaTai Chi ...Read more

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Terrible pain in my left side. Sore to move or anything. I can feel a knot or swollen more behind my ribs. Could I have a pulled muscle?

Terrible pain in my left side. Sore to move or anything. I can feel a knot or swollen more behind my ribs. Could I have a pulled muscle?

Be seen: If you are in severe pain, I would certainly be seen. It would seem that if you had simply "pulled a muscle" you would have known immediately when you did it. More likely considerations would include pancreatitis, kidney stone, kidney infection nog other possibilities. Be seen for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the difference between broken ribs, cracked ribs and a pulled muscle next to ur ribs?

Need advice on what is the the difference between broken ribs, cracked ribs and a pulled muscle next to ur ribs?

Location: Fractured and cracked = the same & u would b tender on the bone of the rib. If intercostal muscles the pain will b between the boney rib. ...Read more

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My wife has a nagging couph. She recently started couphing yellow sputum and has pain under her left arm and chest. Pulled muscle or cause for concern?

My wife has a nagging couph. She recently started couphing yellow sputum and has pain under her left arm and chest. Pulled muscle or cause for concern?

WHY ARE YOU WAITING: Take her to her doctor, left side chest pain is a serious concern take her to doctor or even better to emergency Room May need a chest X ray for her chronic cough om ...Read more

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Pain in right chest. 3 weeks. Can't decide if pulled muscle or serious?

Probably msk: Given your age, musculoskeletal pain would be the most likely explanation. That or anxiety. If it persist it is probably worthwhile to have evaluated in person. ...Read more

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Pulled muscle in chest cause pain in breathing?

Yes.: A strained chest muscle can hurt when you inhale/exhale, because of the expansion of the rib cage. ...Read more

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What are chest pains that move from side to side, like a pulled muscle?

What are chest pains that move from side to side, like a pulled muscle?

Many options: It could be muscle, lung, heart, kidney, gastroentestinal to name a few. You need an evaluation to clarify the diagnosis. ...Read more

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38, f, Chest, neck& shoulder blade pain (left). Thought it was a pulled muscle but now I can't sleep. It's been a few weeks.

38, f, Chest, neck& shoulder blade pain (left). Thought it was a pulled muscle but now I can't sleep. It's been a few weeks.

Possibly: 38 yo female has pain in cowl region on one side. This could reflect cervical disk disorder, brachial plexus impingement, Pancost tumor, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome or some other problem. A benign musculoskeletal strain-pain problem is also possible. An Osteopath would be the physician best skilled to conduct proper differential diagnosis, and an MRI might be needed. ...Read more

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Can terrible pain from a pulled muscle in the chest lead to a heart attack?

Can terrible pain from a pulled muscle in the chest lead to a heart attack?

Probably not.: Musculoskeletal chest pain and coronary artery disease are very different diseases. Both are associated with chest discomfort, but of different quality. ...Read more

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Did crunches & sit ups for the first time in months last night. Today upper back, armpits, chest hurt. Chest hurts to move or breathe. Pulled muscle?

Very likely.: Chest pain or breathing problems always worry us. That being said it sounds like you have a pretty close correlation between your work out and your symptoms starting. In addition you are young as well so serious causes are likely to be less common. Keep an eye on the symptoms, try tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. IF you get any new or worrisome symptom get to your doc asap. ...Read more

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I have a pulled muscle in my chest (10 days now at level 10 pain) please any advice on what to do?

Check with doctor: Assuming that you injured the area (exercise, trauma), then the pulled muscle may be torn muscle, detachment of the muscle from the chest wall, injury to the costosternal junction (separation of the rib connection with the chest bone), etc. Ten days of 10/10 pain suggests significant injury, so check with your doctor. ...Read more

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"I have dull pain in left chest while breathing in? I had worked out 4 days ago hard & this began after that... Pulled muscle? "

"I have dull pain in left chest while breathing in? I had worked out 4 days ago hard & this began after that... Pulled muscle? "

Be seen: I would be seen. While it certainly could be as simple as a pulled muscle, there are so many potentially dangerous conditions that can cause left sided chest pain such as cardiac ischemia or even a pulmonary embolus, that I would be seen to make sure it is nothing serious. ...Read more

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I have dull pain in left chest while breathing in? I had worked out 4 days ago hard & this began after that... Pulled muscle?

I have dull pain in left chest while breathing in? I had worked out 4 days ago hard & this began after that... Pulled muscle?

Exam: Although this DOES sound like a pulled chest wall muscle, I would advise a medical examination and checkup. Cannot be diagnosed online. ...Read more

Dr. Rohit Keswani
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Muscle Strain (Definition)

Muscle strain, also called a pulled muscle, is a condition where a muscle or its tendon is overstretched and torn leading to pain, decreased range ...Read more