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Doctor insights on: Knots On Rib Muscles

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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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Muscle knots especially under my arm pits below my shoulders are preventing my rib cage from expanding fully when taking a deep breath. Worsening.

Muscle knots especially under my arm pits below my shoulders are preventing my rib cage from expanding fully when taking a deep breath. Worsening.

Enlarged lymphonode: Maybe the knots you are referring to are enlarged lymphonodes and they could represent symptoms of a more serious underlying disease. You should see a physician and have them check out. ...Read more

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Sever muscle knots and forward head posture are preventing my rib cage from relaxing and allowing me to breathe deeply. How do I open up the rib cage?

Sever muscle knots and forward head posture are preventing my rib cage from relaxing and allowing me to breathe deeply. How do I open up the rib cage?

Osteopathic doctor: Can provide manipulation & trigger point injections to relax knotted muscles as well as work on relaxing rib cage. Can recommend exercises & preventive measures for forward head posture. Seek out doc who does osteopathic therapy primarily. ...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?

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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What causes a knot or a rolling muscle to form in your stomach by your rib cage. It hurts like a sharp pain or a charlie horse feeling in stomach?

What causes a knot or a rolling muscle to form in your stomach by your rib cage. It hurts like a sharp pain or a charlie horse feeling in stomach?

Spasm or cramp: Similar to muscle spasms in the back or elsewhere in the body--over use or over stretching can cause local injury to the muscle tissue and spasm. Often improves with gentle massage and/or local warm compresses to relax the muscle band. ...Read more

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I have these pains that shoot through my body I think its my nerves also my muscles get theses knots in them I have pain in my leftside under my rib cage and it feels like something is moving I also have been to doctor my heart checked and its fine EKG is

I have these pains that shoot through my body I think its my nerves also my muscles get theses knots in them I have pain in my leftside under my rib cage and it feels like something is moving I also have been to doctor my heart checked and its fine EKG is

Neuropathy.: You probably have a polyneuropathy. I would see a neurologist. Note however, that I am assuming that you have pain in the extremities, what the pain is also depends on where you have the pain and the characteristics of the pain. You might want to write us back, with more specificities. ...Read more

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Left side back muscle strain feeling btr w/ muscle rub, large knot. Better now, but have a numb/tingle feeling under left breast on rib cage to back?

Left side back muscle strain feeling btr w/ muscle rub, large knot. Better now, but have a numb/tingle feeling under left breast on rib cage to back?

Muscle verses nerve: Continue to use the rub, heating pad to treat the strain. If the numbness and tingling doesn't improve, the possibility of thoracic radiculopathy should be considered. Thoracic imaging such as MRI can be utilized for further work up ...Read more

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Chest pain I beleive caused by back pain. Can feel a large muscle knot. This is chronic. What could it be? Tumor? All on left side.

Chest pain Tumor: Chest pain can be due to a large number of causes; one such is due to nerve root injury impingement with associated muscle spasm, A tumor is usu. Meant to be a lump of some type, sometimes malignant and sometimes benign. Get a proper consultation in person or vie Concierge a Health Tap ...Read more

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Could DDD and osteoarthritis in spine be causing huge muscle knots in back and chest? How to treat this, very painful.

Could DDD and osteoarthritis in spine be causing huge muscle knots in back and chest? How to treat this, very painful.

Symptoms suggest...: You need to be seen by your primary care physician for thorough evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. If a referral is needed, then your PCP can provide an appropriate referral. ...Read more

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I have asthma and I suffer from tightness of chest due to knots in chest muscles. Does masturbating for 10mins daily affect my chest muscles?

No: No. It only effects muscles you are touching at the time. It seems as if 80% of the questions concerning masturbation come from India. You guys need to get out of the house more often. ...Read more

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Had a chest ct for lumps all along the scapula. It was negative. If they're just muscle knots wouldn't that still show? No contrast used.

Had a chest ct for lumps all along the scapula. It was negative. If they're just muscle knots wouldn't that still show? No contrast used.

CT less sensitive: CT without contrast does not show soft tissue abnormalities very well. MRI is more accurate at defining soft tissue findings than CT in general ...Read more

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My husband has a muscle knot in his back, a little tingling in his left arm (the side the knot is on), tightness in his chest, and shooting pain down his leg. His blood pressure is good. What could this be?

My husband has a muscle knot in his back, a little tingling in his left arm (the side the knot is on), tightness in his chest, and shooting pain down his leg. His blood pressure is good. What could this be?

Anything.: The most important thing is to get a diagnosis. Radiating pain on the left side demands ruling out a heart problem. One of my professors of medicine told us that pain from a heart attack can be anywhere from the teeth to the testicles. In other words even though the symptoms are not "classical" make sure that it is not a heart issue. ...Read more

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Shoulder pain. Chest CT clear. Can move shoulder fine. Dr says knots on my trapezius muscle are causing pain in shoulder, elbow, wrist. Knots do this?

Shoulder pain. Chest CT clear. Can move shoulder fine. Dr says knots on my trapezius muscle are causing pain in shoulder, elbow, wrist. Knots do this?

See physiatrist: Knots in the trapezius can cause those symptoms- as can other knots in the scapula thoracic region (in particular, infraspinatis, teres, levator scapula, and/or scalenes). See physiatrist to treat (and rule out a spinal cause). Treatment may include physical therapy to change movement patterns, topical muscle relaxants, massage, and/or trigger point injections/acupuncture. ...Read more

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What causes the muscles are under the left rib cage to hurt?

What causes the muscles are under the left rib cage to hurt?

Many possible causes: Muscle strains, pneumonia in the l lower lobe, spleen inflammation, constipation, gas cramps in the colon, etc. See you doc for furhter evaluation. ...Read more

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What causes muscle spams in the muscles connected to my rib cage?

What causes muscle spams in the muscles connected to my rib cage?

Many reasons: To have spasm in general means the muscles this means the muscle irritated it? The irritation could come from the muscle itself or from the nerve feeding that muscle.
The cause for the first one, injury to the muscles, lack of fitness, overwork those muscles.
Nerve injury, if the nerve to muscles is injured, that leads to the same thing. ...Read more

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I can see and feel my ribs by looking in the mirror. Should I gain more muscle? If yes, then how?

I can see and feel my ribs by looking in the mirror. Should I gain more muscle? If yes, then how?

Some would b jealous: During time of famine, having a bit of extra fat was a status thing (wealthy enough to have food), but it is not so these days. In your case, wanting to gain muscle is a good thing, to a point. So, if you are eating a healthy, balanced diet and desires to add some weight-bearing exercises to gain some muscles, go for it. Easy comes/easy go, so take time and do it well--doing it for you. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a broken rib and a pulled rib muscle? What should I do for either one?

Difficult: Early on, the symptoms of rib fracture and pulled muscle may be very similar. With a broken rib, there should also be tenderness over the fracture site. Pulled muscles with resolve with time and simple treatment. If they symptoms do not decrease after several days, a cxr would be appropriate. ...Read more

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I'm pretty sure I pulled or strained a muscle right below my left bottom rib I was wondering how I should treat it for the fastest recovery time.

I'm pretty sure I pulled or strained a muscle right below my left bottom rib I was wondering how I should treat it for the fastest recovery time.

No quick answer: Resting the area is the only treatment. Unfortunately, when you strain a muscle near the ribs, it is impossible to 100% rest is - due to the need of the diaphragm and ribs for breathing... So don't over-do it with activity and be careful with coughing/sneezing and lying on that side while sleeping... ...Read more

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Rib pain/discomfort like muscle. Better by laying down, worse by sitting. Comes and goes in episodes. What can I do at home to help relieve the pain?

Rib pain/discomfort like muscle. Better by laying down, worse by sitting. Comes and goes in episodes. What can I do at home to help relieve the pain?

Pain: You can try ibuprofen 400-600mg three or four times a day. If its rib/intercostal pain it will take weeks to go away because its hard to 'rest; it. Your Doctor can examine and see if that's the case. ...Read more

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What could be causing muscle spasms at the top of my rib cages?

What could be causing muscle spasms at the top of my rib cages?

Need to be evaluated: Your symptoms of muscle spasm need to be evaluted. Need more detailed history, a physical exam to answer your question
so check it with your doctor. ...Read more

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Muscle on right side under rib cage pain and spasms, what is wrong?

Could be: Chest wall problem like slipped rib, could be a problem with your gall bladder, pancreas, liver, stomach or intestine. See your doctor if the pain persists. ...Read more

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What's the name of an inflammation of the muscles near your rib cage?

What's the name of an inflammation of the muscles near your rib cage?

Costochondritis: Pain/inflammation of the cartilage of the chest wall (specifically where the ribs attach to the breastbone) is called 'costochondritis'. 'tietze's syndrome' is another term for pain originating from the ribs/cartilage. ...Read more

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What are some good exercises for the muscle between the rib and hips?

What are some good exercises for the muscle between the rib and hips?

Lats?: I'm assuming you are referring to the latissumus dorsi muscle (the large flat muscle which runs in this general direction). Good exercises for the 'lats' are "pull- downs" (on the lat machine) and rows or a rowing machine, among others. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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As I start eating more, will I naturally regain the fat and muscle around my ribs and collarbones?

Will add mass: Eating more will let you add mass, but just eating without exercising will add fat. Exercise with a good, well-balanced diet will allow you to add more muscle mass. ...Read more

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Having some aches in my muscles throughout the body and a pain underlying my left rib what should I do?

Most pains in the: Rib area come from a strain in the intercostal muscle (muscle connecting the ribs together) or cartilage connecting sternum to the ribs. Rib fractures may also cause pain. If you have muscle ache throughout the body, then you may have a viral infection of some sort, unless you just did a marathon or Iron Man competition. Take some ibuprofen for 2-3 days and if not improved see a provider. ...Read more

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How long will my intercostal rib muscle tear take to heal? It's so painful. It's been like this for a week.

How long will my intercostal rib muscle tear take to heal? It's so painful. It's been like this for a week.

Hard to say: Rib problems can cause a lot of pain for a long time and can cause spasms. This is expected. See your MD for evaluation and meds If needed. If still concerned, additional imaging might be needed. Ibuprofen and a muscle relaxant might help ...Read more

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I have had a pain above my right rib for the last week. Pain comes and goes when I'm lifting. Do you think I pulled a muscle?

You could have but: This can be the diagnosis but consider other causes too. You need to see your physican as it could be a rib problem, rib fracture or internal lung problem. You may need imaging, X-ray or other. ...Read more