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Pneumonia And Rib Pain
Pneumonia 7 weeks ago. Have small inflammation lower lungs, pain in ribs. Using spirometer seems to help. Anything else I can do to help heal?
Pneumonia: First....finish the complete prescription of the antibiotic your on even if you feel much better. The incentive spirometer is very very important. It helps you open alveoli that may have been effected by the infection and filled with fluid. Its a very good prognostic indicator of recovery. We often do pulmonary percussive technique in the hospital with patients to help mobilize sections. ...Read more
Ever since I had pneumonia my ribs right and left sides have been aching on and off it has been 4 months. Notice it with more activity. What is it?
Probably muscular: or skeletal...it is possible that you fractured some ribs from coughing with pneumonia, and that the nearby muscles are irritated. All that should be healing by now though, unless you are doing some activity that actually stresses those same muscles or ribs. Did you have a followup x-ray to be sure the pneumonia was gone? If not, see your doc and ask about having one, especially if you smoke. ...Read more
Earlier in the morning today I coughed and my lower right side(right under the rib). My mom says it might be pneumonia. Also I had a FB game Friday.
Can working out on stationary bike irritate rib muscles 3 month after pneumonia? And cause tension in neck?
Conceivable: If your irritated rib muscles are on the same side you had pneumonia would suggest a followup X-ray making sure you did not develop a pleural effusion on that side, otherwise common self limited complication of pneumonia. For the neck tension a variety of other possibilities are to be considered, but if there is a significant increase in your bike exercise slowing down will give you the answer. ...Read more