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Doctor insights on: Cracked Rib Or 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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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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Ok so I coughed an now my left side under my ribs is tense... doesn't really hurt but feels strange, a bit swollen? Pulled muscle maybe?

Ok so I coughed an now my left side under my ribs is tense... doesn't really hurt but feels strange, a bit swollen? Pulled muscle maybe?

Strain muscle: Probably you have a muscle strain-sprain however if you coughed very hard and you have soft bones (osteoporosis)the possibility of stress fx of the rib may be consider. Without pain I doubt it. Read more

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I feel slight discomfort on my right ribs when I move. Can this be pulled muscle? I did the laundry 3 days ago and I think maybe that's the reason

Could be..: Yes, it certainly could be pulled muscles. It's possible you strained the muscles inbetween your ribs, called the intercostal muscles, and this can cause discomfort when moving a certain way or even with deep breaths. Try Ibuprofen or Naproxen to help with the pain and inflammation. If it gets very severe, you may also need a prescription muscle relaxant. You could also try a heating pad. Read more

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Iv just started working out. Mainly tredmill. I just have pain in thebottem left side of my ribs could this be pulled muscle or how long should I wait?

Iv just started working out. Mainly tredmill. I just have pain in thebottem left side of my ribs could this be pulled muscle or how long should I wait?

Not long: Pain in the left rib area could be many things. In general exercise should not be painful or cause pain especially pain that lasts more than a day or so. Certainly cramping/pulled muscles could be the cause, but more serious conditions could be the case such as heart conditions or even a spleen issue. Discussing this with your dr would be a good idea to get a better description and history. Read more

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Coughed & had sudden sharp excruciating pain throughout ribs. Now it's just on left side. Hurts to move, walk, twist. Pulled muscle or more serious?

Coughed & had sudden sharp excruciating pain throughout ribs. Now it's just on left side. Hurts to move, walk, twist. Pulled muscle or more serious?

Yes, ribs: Sounds like you strained the intercostal muscles. Take Naproxen or Ibuprofen. If not improving after a few days go to a chiropractor. If not improving after that, see your family doctor. Also get an exercise ball to lay on giving yourself a massage. Read more

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I had a pulled ab muscle strain 3-4 weeks ago and last week I shoveled snow now I am getting pain under my lower rib cage. .. Is it from shoveling?

Yes: Yes shoveling snow can definitely cause strain of the back as well as abdominal muscles. It can be strenuous especially if it the heavy wet type. Usually the pain will resolve in couple of days without any long term problems. If you continue to have problems see you doctor. Read more

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I have been having pain around my left front side of lower ribs for months now. I also have back pain that almost feels like a pulled muscle. Ideas?

You've answered it!: Best to see an osteopathic physician, who can help you with both issues further. S/he can do a osteopathic structural musculoskeletal examination of your head, neck, back, hips, sacrum, pelvis, lower/upper extremities, and ribs to see how your postural mechanics, gait, asymmetric compensatory patterns are all working together to determine what exactly is happening, and provide treatment. Read more

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Working out and felt a pull underneath my right rib cage, thought it was a pulled muscle now I'm nauseous and short breath. Rib cage feels fine tho?

Working out and felt a pull underneath my right rib cage, thought it was a pulled muscle now I'm nauseous and short breath. Rib cage feels fine tho?

Chest wall pain: Muscle pain just beneath or around the rib cage is very worrisome but typically reassuring. If you weren't working out and pain developed I would be more concerned. Try rest, ice, advil, Tylenol (acetaminophen) and if worse pain see your doctor. Read more

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Dull pain near liver/under rib cage, that comes and goes when move certain ways. Recently started working out. Pulled muscle?

Dull pain near liver/under rib cage, that comes and goes when move certain ways. Recently started working out. Pulled muscle?

Could be: It is good that you are exercising. You may take a bit easier with exercise till this heals and then gradually increase the intensity of exercise.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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Pain in left shoulder especially when turning head to the right, how can I be sure this is a pulled muscle and not my spleen, pain under left rib too?

Pain in left shoulder especially when turning head to the right, how can I be sure this is a pulled muscle and not my spleen, pain under left rib too?

See a doc: It is unlikely that you have an abdominal problem unless you recall a history or injury etc. Its likely your neck or shoulder. Nevertheless if concerned about spleen seek care at an emergency room. 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?

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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Sharp pain left side, what are signs and treatments for bruised rib/pulled muscle there? Pain comes and goes

Sharp pain left side, what are signs and treatments for bruised rib/pulled muscle there? Pain comes and goes

Anti-inflammatory: A pulled muscle is certainly a possibility, especially at your age, and would be more tender between the ribs. A bruised rib would be more tender directly on the involved rib. Try an oral anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen - aka Motrin or advil, or naproxyn - aleve) for a week or two, and see a physician if symptoms persist. Read more

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I have a lump on my left rib and been to the doctors saying it's a pulled muscle however I have a lot muscle pain and clicking, tiredness and fatigue?

May not be related: The presence of the lump and your symptoms may be a coincidence and not related. You need to see your doctor to check on your symptoms. Read more

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Can anxiety cause these symptoms of a pulled muscle on the left side of my chest?

Can anxiety cause these symptoms of a pulled muscle on the left side of my chest?

Nerve root irritatio: Anxiety will aggravate the pain symptoms but usually not the cause of your pains.
Please make sure that you are not over exercising or lifting heavy things. You will need to be evaluated by your family doctor
and a specialist and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Read more

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I have a burning sensation and pain that feels almost like a pulled muscle on the right side of my chest. What could be some of the possibilities? Thx

I have a burning sensation and pain that feels almost like a pulled muscle on the right side of my chest. What could be some of the possibilities? Thx

Have it looked at: While a pulled pectoral muscle may cause pain and abnormal sensation, it's important to have it looked at to make sure it's not from an underlying cardiac condition. One differentiating factor is the muscle pain is oftentimes reproducible - if you push on it, it will hurt more - whereas cardiac pain may not be. However, without knowing further details - it's importan to see your internist/fp soon. Read more

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Muscle Strain (Definition)

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