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Can coughing tear an intercostal muscle?

Can coughing tear an intercostal muscle?

Yes: It's not uncommon to strain or partially tear an intercostal muscle while coughing. Rest and time should heal this. If pain persists, see your physician. ...Read more

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Intercostal muscle tear? Is that possible?

Intercostal muscle tear? Is that possible?

Sure: Can be seen in athletes who do a lot of twisting of the upper body. Think of a base ball player at the plate. Occurs in weight lifters too. Not all that common but certainly seen ...Read more

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Effective stretches for strained pectoral/intercostal muscle? Injury occurred 3+weeks ago. Pain is back after light workout not involving chest.

Effective stretches for strained pectoral/intercostal muscle? Injury occurred 3+weeks ago. Pain is back after light workout not involving chest.

Rest/sports med eval: Pain after workout not involving chest likely from increased respiratory volume (deeper breathing) that occurs during exercise. A physical therapist can give you specific stretches/core strengthening to decrease symptoms, promote healing, and prevent recurrence. If it persists, see a sports medicine physician. ...Read more

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I was shot while wearing a bullet-proof vest. Could I have pulled an intercostal muscle, back muscle or something more serious?

I was shot while wearing a bullet-proof vest. Could I have pulled an intercostal muscle, back muscle or something more serious?

Depends on the-: -distance, caliber & mass & velocity. It can cause this effect due 2 Ur jerk reaction from impact & surprise. B sure U R evaluated by a physician 2 C what injury U sustained. ...Read more

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I am able to push a small part of my rib (intercostal muscle perhaps?) (to the middle of my body) in and out so it clicks? I have never injured them?

I am able to push a small part of my rib (intercostal muscle perhaps?) (to the middle of my body) in and out so it clicks? I have never injured them?

Probably Normal: Your bone is still growing. You still have lots of cartilage to grow into bone. Hearing a clicking sound while a joint moves (in your case name of joints are costocondral) is normal. Good news no injury. Keep an eye for any swelling or tenderness which could be a sign of inflammation of join. Wish you a good health ...Read more

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I have smoked for 1 year. Recently strained intercostal muscle due to coughing, & now having difficulty w/ breathing deeply. I also hear a crackling.?

I have smoked for 1 year. Recently strained intercostal muscle due to coughing, & now having difficulty w/ breathing deeply. I also hear a crackling.?

See details: Have you thought about stopping smoking? It will end up saving your life in you do. Otherwise, you are getting a glimpse now of a future of continuously respiratory problems. ...Read more

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What is best way to get rid of a big knot in intercostal muscle? It's right where my bra strap hits. Side of breast. Is that a common occurrence there?

What is best way to get rid of a big knot in intercostal muscle? It's right where my bra strap hits. Side of breast. Is that a common occurrence there?

Better bra: You may need a massage to work out which eve issue is there now. Consider different bra, properly fitted. Also, see how you wear your purse, bag, or other activity that may influence that area. May need some strength work out to get your back muscles stronger. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have an intercostal muscle strain or a fractured rib from persistent, deep coughing/bronchitis?

How do I know if I have an intercostal muscle strain or a fractured rib from persistent, deep coughing/bronchitis?

Tough Call: I've seen ribs break from coughing. Can be hard to tell. If it hurts more pinpoint directly over bone the chances of a rib fracture are higher. Intercostal sprains are more diffuse, but they can also be pinpoint. Try ice packs, tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen and give it a few days. If not getting better see your doc. If there is any trouble breathing or worsening pain, see your doc sooner. ...Read more

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Acupuncture and pectoral and/or intercostal muscle strain. Is it effective? Been a month today. Been icing/heating and using all other advice so far.

Acupuncture and pectoral and/or intercostal muscle strain. Is it effective? Been a month today. Been icing/heating and using all other advice so far.

Usually is: I just did a pec on a weight lifter about an hour ago with acupuncture accompained by electrical stimulation. His pain and range of motion improved markedly. Although I normally treat treat rib fractures as oppossed to intercostal strains - it should also be beneficial for that. ...Read more

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Chronic muscle pain unk etiol. I need help to find a cause and pain relief protocol needed as it is severe, what can be done?

Chronic muscle pain unk etiol. I need help to find a cause and pain relief protocol needed as it is severe, what can be done?

M any possibilities: Chronic muscle pain can come from many sources, the most famous of which is fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, there is no test to prove this diagnosis but instead you doctor needs to rule out the other suspects first. If this does end up to be fibromyalgia, avoid narcotic-based pain medications in your protocol. They do little for this type of pain. ...Read more

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Any good back pain relief medicine, patch, any thing that would help muscle pain in the back area?

Any good back pain relief medicine, patch, any thing that would help muscle pain in the back area?

Over the counter: If over the counter anti-inflammatory medications do not help then it may be useful to see a physician if pain continues past a few weeks. ...Read more

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What is best joint pain and muscle pain relief formula?

What is best joint pain and muscle pain relief formula?

Exercise: In general no matter what type of muscle or joint pain you have exercise is a major part of your therapy. Medications have to be more specific to the diagnosis so one can not give a blanket recommendation. ...Read more

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Constant pain in lower chest, mainly left side, can't breathe all the way and l feel a vibration. Meds for muscle pain relief not working. What's wrong?

Many choices: This needs to be evaluated by your physician. It could be chestwall, internal pleursy or evenl near your heart. Your physician can best clarify this. ...Read more

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Is it possible hiatal hernia and intercostal muscle inflammation can cause occasional daytime hypopnea? Seeing pulmonary monday, but just curious now.

Is it possible hiatal hernia and intercostal muscle inflammation can cause occasional daytime hypopnea? Seeing pulmonary monday, but just curious now.

Yes!: My spouse an asthmatic for 45 years, recently had surgery to repair a large hiatus hernia. Her asthma has cleared! -- with regurgitation of stomach contents there is occas. Aspiration causing pulmonary problems. ...Read more

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How can I get relief from upper back muscle pain?

Several things: You could try applying heat or cold (experiment; just don't overdo to avoid burn or frostbite). Over the counter pain relievers may help (follow package instructions and warnings). Stretching and muscle strengthening can also help; you may need to see a therapist or trainer. If simple measures fail, see your primary care provider for exam and options. ...Read more

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Why did my doctor prescribe muscle relaxants? I need pain relief!

Pain is complicated!: There are several types of pain including nerve pain and muscle pain. Although they often feel the same to a patient, a doctor knows that trying to clarify the type of pain often points to a more helpful solution. Muscle relaxants are often more effective than pain killers and so can be more appropriate for certain types of pain. ...Read more

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Is their no pain relief in deterioration of bones and muscles and nerves?

Is their no pain relief in deterioration of bones and muscles and nerves?

Causes need to be: Your problem seems to be overwhelming toxicity in the body that is creating the pain.

You need to find a doctor who respects the toxic causes of pain and who can try to put you on a program to lower your toxic levels of heavy metals, solvent, pesticides and industrial chemicals. ...Read more

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How long until you notice relief from muscle pain after stopping crestor (rosuvastatin)?

Crestor (rosuvastatin): Usually improved by a week but might linger. Coenzyme q10 can help with relieving it. ...Read more

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Muscle pain in both my legs from climbing all weekend. What do I do for relief?

Muscle pain in both my legs from climbing all weekend. What do I do for relief?

Rest, ibuprofen, ice: Simple things like rest, some Ibuprofen 400-600mg 3x/day with food, and icing if it's within the first 48 hours. Avoid alcohol and drink plenty of fluids. No magic bullet for the pain to go away other than rest. It's great you were active all weekend though! ...Read more

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Hello I have been experiencing constant muscle pain in my left arm all day. Have been taking paracetamol but no relief. What could be causing this pls?

Hello I have been experiencing constant muscle pain in my left arm all day. Have been taking paracetamol but no relief. What could be causing this pls?

What kind of pain?: Left arm pain is frequently associated with possible her condition but it depends what kind of pain. Does it hurt with movement? Is it Sharp, dull, shooting, radiating form chest or neck? If feels as a ache - its mostly muscular. Origin of pain may be in neck (cervical nerve impingement). If stretching, anti-inflammatory, heat and cold not help - better to consult doctor. ...Read more

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My mom has a degenerated disk in her back right above a compressed disk. She's 54. It's her lower back. Physical therapy just seems to be making it worse. Is there anything that might give her some pain relief? Her muscle relaxers and pain relievers are n

My mom has a degenerated disk in her back right above a compressed disk. She's 54. It's her lower back. Physical therapy just seems to be making it worse. Is there anything that might give her some pain relief? Her muscle relaxers and pain relievers are n

See Spine Specialist: Your mom needs to see a spine specialist to evaluate for other options. Typically if physical therapy and medications are not helping she may need evaluation for injection therapies or possibly even surgery. Pain medications are helpful for a short term fix however she will need further evaluation to really get better. ...Read more

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I've got to take codeine for pain relief 60/90mg will this affect muscle building as I work out?

No, but. . .: I would STRONGLY recommend that you not work-out while taking codeine. You will increase your risk of injury. Codeine can effect your balance, which may effect your posture--which is critical when weight lifting. Also, codeine might mask your ability to properly sense pain, as well as your ability to judge when NOT to push yourself. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects to taking Epsom salt baths for muscle pain/anxiety relief (it helps)? How often should I include Epsom salt in my baths?

Are there any side effects to taking Epsom salt baths for muscle pain/anxiety relief (it helps)? How often should I include Epsom salt in my baths?

Usually not.: Unless you have some unique reaction to the epsom salts in the bath they are normally not a problem. Once or twice a day should be plenty. ...Read more

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Shldr neck muscle pain. Have 10mg flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl). how long to feel relief other than just being sleepy? I take 1/4-1/2 tablet at bedtime

Shldr neck muscle pain. Have 10mg flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl). how long to feel relief other than just being sleepy? I take 1/4-1/2 tablet at bedtime

1-2 hours.: The time that it takes to work will depend upon the specific situation. It is absorbed rather quickly, so will have some benefit within the first 1-2 hours. When used for acute treatment of muscle spasm, it is usually prescribed to be taken three times per day, because the effect may wear off within 8-12 hours, even though the drug has a long half-life (an average of 18 hours). ...Read more

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What breathing disorder would cause constant bloodshot eyes, dizziness, fatigue, and accessory breathing muscle pain. 6 months + and still no relief.

Environmental proble: Sounds like you have an allergic condition. Check with an allergist or pulmonologist. Something in your environment is causing your problem. ...Read more

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Sciatica pain 8wks severe muscle spasms thigh and calf no foot reflex. What pain relief? . codeine, naproxen tramadol paracetamol endep (amitriptyline) no effect

Cause???: You have to find out what is causing the damage to your S1 nerve. your wasting your time with just symptomatic therapy, have to get to the root of the cause. Pinched nerve due to disk? Periformis syndrome?? neuropathy?? ...Read more

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I am suffering from persistent aching muscles across the shoulders, into the neck. What can I do for relief?

I am suffering from persistent aching muscles across the shoulders, into the neck. What can I do for relief?

NSAIDS, ice, heat...: Pain can be relieved with over-the-counter medications like advil or aleve (naproxen). Follow directions on label. Ice for about 45 minutes, 3-4 times a day, for inflammation and swelling, never apply ice to the skin, always over a towel or clothing. Follow this by heat for about 20-25 minutes to help soothe and relax tight muscles. Walking, gentle range of motion and stretching exercises. ...Read more

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How can I find relief for muscle pains or heaviness? I'm 19 and sometimes standing itself can make my body seem heavy. Are there exercises I can do?

How can I find relief for muscle pains or heaviness? I'm 19 and sometimes standing itself can make my body seem heavy. Are there exercises I can do?

Create Activity Plan: Do you have muscle weakness? The symptoms suggest you need a complete evaluation because although these symptoms may be natural deconditioning or minor strains, your doctor can assess you for other causes of myalgia (such as polymyalgia rheumatica). After this assessment, your doctor can monitor your progress in a tailored exercise regimen that you should start slowly and advance over time. ...Read more

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What is it? I have low back pain and aching muscles. The following also describes me: Back pain, throbbing pain, no relief in laying, standing, sittin

What is it? I have low back pain and aching muscles. The following also describes me: Back pain, throbbing pain, no relief in laying, standing, sittin

Back Pain: Any systemic complaints. Fever chills etc. If not then likely musculoskeletal in nature. Start with advil/aleve. If it is severe enough to go to urgent care, then please go for an xray. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Pain Relief (Definition)

A recent study showed that in a hospitalized group of patients it was not the actual degree of pain relief that determined patient satisfaction. It was the perceived concern on the part of the heath care providers and their attempts to alleviate the degree of pain that mattered. Even ...Read more


Dr. Raj Upadya
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Muscle Pain (Definition)

Also known as myalgia, muscle pain is a result of overuse or stretching of the muscle. Muscle pain can occur either becuase of an infection or because of a mechanical injury. It can be acute, or chronic pain that ...Read more