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How long will? A pulled muscle supposed to hurt?

How long will? A pulled muscle supposed to hurt?

Days to weeks: Some muscles heal quickly while others may take much longer to heal. If in doubt of the diagnosis, see your doctor. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

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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Ache in my top right side of my back hurts to lift arm I think it's pulled muscle how long to heal and should I not excercise with it?

Ache in my top right side of my back hurts to lift arm I think it's pulled muscle how long to heal and should I not excercise with it?

Tincture of time: A pulled muscle is the presence of "micro-tears" among some of the fibers within that muscle. They cause a certain amount of swelling, which causes the pain. Depending on the severity of the injury and the age and medical status of the patient, these symptoms can last from a few days to a few weeks. Allow it to heal rather than continue to injure it with more activation of the muscle. ...Read more

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How long does a pulled muscle last?

How long does a pulled muscle last?

Varies: It varies based upon the severity of the strain. That being said, if it is not significantly better over 10-14 days, consider being seen to make sure it is nothing more serious. ...Read more

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Does a pulled muscle hurt continuously or sometimes intermittently? I have some pain that comes and goes that I wondered if it could be a muscle.

Does a pulled muscle hurt continuously or sometimes intermittently? I have some pain that comes and goes that I wondered if it could be a muscle.

Usually a pulled---: --muscle always is painful, even if U turn over in bed. A come & go pain may B a stress fracture depending on what U do that brings it on. A runner is a common person who develops stress Fx. Usually due over training, or jumps right into their old routine after a long lay off. As they run they notice pain @ a certain distance, & the distance keeps getting shorter with ever run, 2 aways there. ...Read more

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How long does is take for a pulled muscle to heal?

How long does is take for a pulled muscle to heal?

Refer to answer: This is very vague question. Back of the heel, or bottom of the heel. Usually should heal within four weeks. If persist beyond that time, refer to a physician to find the cause, could be gout, diabetes, arthritis, and thyroid problems. ...Read more

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How long can pain from a pulled muscle in your back persist?

It depends: It really all depends on if you might be doing something to re-injure the muscle. If it truly is just a muscle strain, if you are resting the muscle if should be healing within a week or two, if there's a tear, it will be longer. If it's been 4-6 weeks or longer and you're still experiencing pain, it's possible it's more than a pulled muscle. Go see your doctor. ...Read more

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If my neck hurts when I turn, is this just a pulled muscle?

If my neck hurts when I turn, is this just a pulled muscle?

Most likely.: Aleve (naproxen) or Ibuprofen to get rid of some discomfort + a Muscle relaxer. Gentle stretching exercises would be beneficial.
If not improving after 3-5 days then see your PCP.
Good Luck. ...Read more

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Can a pulled muscle in your back make it hurt when you breathe?

Yes.: A pulled or strained muscle can give you pain when you breathe because of the expansion of the rib cage, that puts a stress on those muscles. ...Read more

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How long does it take for pain to go away in a pulled muscle injury?

How long does it take for pain to go away in a pulled muscle injury?

Days to weeks: Some muscles heal quickly while others may take much longer to heal. If in doubt of the diagnosis, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if neck, hurts when I turn etc. Is this just a pulled muscle?

What to do if neck, hurts when I turn etc. Is this just a pulled muscle?

Possibly: Initially, rest, moist heat, on possibly an anti inflmatory can help. If it is not better within a few days, it may not be a simple pulled muscle and you may want to be seen. ...Read more

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Best thing for a pulled muscle in the lower back? And how long should the pain last?

Moist heat, Motrin: Apply moist heat on it several time a day and use motrin, it depend how severe it is it take from 2 -10 days. ...Read more

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My back is killing me on my right side bout half way down hurts to stretch hurts to turn certain ways feels like a pulled muscle?

Back pain: I see many patients with similar complaints in my practice, and it is usually related to a few possibilities: muscle sprain or strain, ensuing arthritis, a herniated disk, or other neurological issue. For those reasons, I always refer them to a specialist. Please seek a consult with a neurosurgeon, or orthopedic spinal specialist. ...Read more

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Help please? How long does it take to heal a pulled muscle in my neck?

Help please? How long does it take to heal a pulled muscle in my neck?

2-4 weeks.: If it's only a muscle strain, then 2-4 weeks should do the trick. Make sure you're icing and doing some neck stretching exercises. ...Read more

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Right side started to hurt on Wed. Felt like a pulled muscle/gas, what could be the cause?

Right side started to hurt on Wed. Felt like a pulled muscle/gas, what could be the cause?

See physician: Since the appendix is on the right side this is on of the things we consider. Get this clarified since this is 5 days ...Read more

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My wife's leg hurts and she says it feels really heavy like a hundred pounds is it just a pulled muscle or what is it?

See a doctor: There are several possibilities here, including muscle strain and DVT (deep vein thrombosis). Since DVT is serious, this possibility should be ruled out right away. See a doctor. ...Read more

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What will make my pulled muscle in my neck feel better to day I sat down and I pulled a musle in my neck and it really hurts I have tryed laying on it but it did not help

Ouch!: Ouch! That can hurt so much, especially when you move your neck. You might want to avoid extending (moving backwards) your neck temporarily to avoid causing more pain. Avoid aggressive exercise. Consider something like advil or Motrin (if you do not have nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug allergies) or tylenol (acetaminophen). When you lie down, avoid using a hard pillow that causes your neck to bend. A soft pillow may cradle your neck better. Heat from a shower, warm compresses or even heating pad may help to relax the muscles (but don’t get burned). Application of something like tiger balm could also reduce discomfort. What I find best is acupuncture for treatment of trigger points. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Possible pulled muscle in back or ribcage and hurts to breathe should I get medical attention or wait it out?

Possible pulled muscle in back or ribcage and hurts to breathe should I get medical attention or wait it out?

Did you pull a muscl: Doing some unusual exercise or activity before this started? If so, it is probably safe to apply heat and wait it out. However, if you did nothing unusual and you have pain on deep breathing it could be something more serious like a collapsed lung or blood clot and you should be seen. Good luck! ...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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Bottom left of head feels like a pulled muscle, is that possible? Hurts when moving certain ways. Just started yesterday. 29 years old healthy

Suspect muscle: This could be pulled muscle, even nerve, or a condition called torticollis or wry neck. You will need an evaluation and sometimes even an injection of the most tender site. So see your physician and if necessary get a referral ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between a pulled muscle and a slipped disc in my back lower right side of my back. Hurts to move in certain ways

How can I tell the difference between a pulled muscle and a slipped disc in my back lower right side of my back. Hurts to move in certain ways

Back: While both can cause pain in your back slipped discs very commonly also cause nerve pinch type symptoms with pain radiating down the leg. Ultimately, an evaluation from your doctor and perhaps an MRI would be helpful. ...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?

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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Front of my thigh hurts and I can't straighten my leg. Pulled muscle?

Front of my thigh hurts and I can't straighten my leg. Pulled muscle?

PROBABLY: Sounds like it. Have it looked at if not improving 24-48 hrs., sooner if worsening. ...Read more

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My chest had hurt since Saturday morning in the center and kinda spreads out could this be heart or more likely and pulled muscle?

Not possible to tell: For sure. Any type of chest pain is suspicious for angina, so you should see your doctor to make sure, even though you are in a low risk age group. ...Read more

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Pinched nerve or pulled muscle? Lower left back has sharp pain not constant, doesn't hurt to lift things or ride horses just when I stand, sit bend

Pinched nerve or pulled muscle? Lower left back has sharp pain not constant, doesn't hurt to lift things or ride horses just when I stand, sit bend

Nerve impingement: Can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain and burning pain. This condition must be professionally managed. See an interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. ...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?

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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Pulled muscle in my back from my shoulder down to my armpit area really aches how long will it last?

Rest and heal: 80% better in 6 weeks regardless of treatment with time alone improvement at 2 weeks hearlds end of acute inflammation trust in your own inherent ability to heal muscular strains ...Read more

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Lower left back pain by kidney. Diognosed as a pulled muscle month ago still hurts. Sharp pain with deep breath?

Follow up with MD: Since you have been treated by your doctor and diagnosed as pulled muscle and you still have pain it needs to be re evaluated by your doctor and you may need some tests to find the cause of persistant pain in left back. ...Read more

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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