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Intercostal Muscle Pain Relief
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
Trauma: Usually some type of injury.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
What are the risks of smoking while taking naproxen 500mg? It was prescribed for an intercostal muscle strain due to coughing.
The risks of smoking: = the risks of smoking. With symptoms related to coughing, isn't it time to stop smoking? ...Read more
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
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
I have a fractured spine and I need muscle pain relief. What can I take and who can get it for me?
See your PCP: There are many muscle relaxers available. Any physician can prescribe them. ...Read more
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
What is a good alternative for pain relief of migraines, headaches and general muscle pain? I recently found out I am severely allergic to NSAID group
Triptans: Triptans are far more effective for migraines but require a Rx. ...Read more
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
Is it possible hiatal hernia and intercostal muscle inflammation can cause occasional daytime hypopnea? Seeing pulmonary monday, but just curious now.
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
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
If muscle pain is caused by statins (pravastatin) how long after stopping the medication until the pain resolves? Stopped meds 4 days ago. No relief
2 to 4 weeks: In my experience you should be feeling better by 2 to 4 weeks. ...Read more
Not usually: I have never had that experience in my practice. ...Read more
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
Crestor (rosuvastatin): Usually improved by a week but might linger. Coenzyme q10 can help with relieving it. ...Read more
The medicines doctors prescribed for sciatica are not working at all what else could be wrong. Have tried pain relief, anti. Inf, muscle relaxer, steriods?
Spine Specialist: Recommend seeing a fellowship trained spine/pain specialist. ...Read more
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
I have muscle pain all over my right leg, I can barely move 'cuz I feel so much pain. What to use to relief this pain, I used voltaren (diclofenac) but no results!
Have it evaluated: Have the problem evaluated instead of trying to self-treat. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Severe muscle pain, no relief; low grade fever; constant headache w/o relief from OTC pain rx, rest, moist heat, etc. Painful pulsations felt after bending down (not from waist). No other symptoms.
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
Sciatica pain 8wks severe muscle spasms thigh and calf no foot reflex. What pain relief? . codeine, naproxen tramadol paracetamol endep (amitriptyline) no effect
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
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
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
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
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