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Intercostal Muscle Pain Relief
Hmmmm?: Lots of potential causes of calf pain including blood clots, muscle spasms, muscle tears or sprains, popliteal artery entrapment, dehydration, abnormal electrolytes, nerve injuries, exertional compartment syndrome, or even stress fractures. If it doesn't resolve with basic treatment of rest, ice, compression and elevation, you should probably get it checked. ...Read more
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
Yes/No: Rare that the SI joint can cause true sciatica, however it can cause a referred pattern of pain that is known to radiate down the back of the leg up to about the calf. Traditionally SI Joint pain most often causes tenderness and pain in the buttock area. Piriformis muscle may cause sciatica, but that is also not common. Suggest seeing a spine specialist to determine which is occurring. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ask your PCP : Various drugs have been developed to affect the muscle contraction. Commonly used centrally acting muscle relaxants includes Lioresal, Soma, Flexeril, Skelaxin, (metaxalone) and Robaxin. Infrequently used muscle relaxants include Norflex) and Zanaflex. Many side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, headache and lethargy. Ask your PCP to adjust the medication for your needs. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Not typically: Not usually. Muscle relaxants relax muscle spasms in skeletal muscles, which are not a real common cause of stomach cramps. The GI system uses what is known as smooth muscles to propel food through, and there are also many more common non muscle related causes of stomach cramping as well, such as for example irritable bowel syndrome. Consider being checked. ...Read more
Deep burning pain near infraspinatus muscle radiating to upper deltoid, and scapulothoracic inflammation/cracking - possible diagnosis or diagnostic?
Nerve entrapment: Could be anything from a nerve entrapment in the region of your pain symptoms or simply nerve irritation due to inflammation, trauma, or a muscle disorder. Best to be seen by a neurologist for further information. I doubt the disorder would be in the brain or spinal cord itself although nothing can be 100% ruled out on just what you're saying without studies and a good examination. ...Read more
Multiple treatments: It depends what is causing joint and/or muscle pain. If overuse synbdrome, then rest for one-two weeks, ice therapy for first 1-2 days of injury, other heat applied to muscles as well as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents. Lose dose antidepressants, and muscle relaxants , for example, like flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl). Works well for fibromyalgia , muscle strains. For arthritis, add chondroitin sulfate, glucosamin. ...Read more
Nerve pain: can be one cause of shoulder discomfort especially problems with the nerve roots in the mid cervical region however we're common things are bursitis tendinitis arthritis AC joint issues and rotator cuff tears. The muscles that stabilize the shoulder blade and the lower neck can also be a source of shoulder pain ...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
Progressive muscle spasms, twitching, aches, pain, joint pains, stabbing pains and over all body inflammation. Possible causes?
Serratus anterior: A muscle strain on your torso/flank area may be from injury to the overriding serratus anterior mucle. An injury to the actual rib could also cause pain with breathing. If pain not improving within a day or two since onset, you should be evaluated by your physician. Radiographs may be indicated. ...Read more
No: Chiropractic uses a deep massage based upon a faulty theory about bodily function. While the massage can temporarily make you feel better there is no cure from their work. Never let a chiro massage your neck. This is a more fragile structure and deep thrusting massage is dangerous there have been cases of paralysis and blood clots from chiros. See an orthopod for this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes and no: Traditionally, lyrica (pregabalin) helps primarily for neuropathic pain and so was used for conditions such as diabetic neuropathy. But lyrica (pregabalin) has now been approved for fibromyalgia, which is characterized by pain coming firm the muscles, facia, and other superficial soft tissues. So it would lead one to think it can help although the mechanism is not clear. ...Read more
Options: Radiofrequency procedures work well if a previous facet injection or medial branch block was performed with greater than 75-80% relief that was obtained. As with anything there are failures, but quite low if the block worked well. Risks are the same as with any spine procedure, no different. Rare that you would be worse off afterwards. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Having muscle spasm-like pain right lower back. Took muscle relaxer but no relief. Vomiting from pain. What could it be?
Back pain: It could be a a kidney stone or UTI if pain is that severe that is is causing you to vomit you should go to the ER now ...Read more
Depends: If you already have sciatica and it involves your si joint too, this nerve goes all the way down to the foot, and can affect any part of the nerve that shoots off from it. To double check, you need to see a PCP/Dr. to get this checked out and see for sure. A sports medicine, or osteopathic (DO) physician are well trained to see this, as are neurologist or orthopedist. Start with your PCP first! ...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 carrying excess weight around the girth area and i find when i need to bend to the left or right i suffer with severe intercostal muscle spasms.
Excess weight: The obvious solution is to take off at least ten pounds ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have smoked for 1 year. Recently strained intercostal muscle due to coughing, & now having difficulty w/ breathing deeply. I also hear a crackling. ?
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
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?
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
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
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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