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Possible pulled muscle in back or ribcage and hurts to breathe should I get medical attention or wait it out?

Possible pulled muscle in back or ribcage and hurts to breathe should I get medical attention or wait it out?

Did you pull a muscl: Doing some unusual exercise or activity before this started? If so, it is probably safe to apply heat and wait it out. However, if you did nothing unusual and you have pain on deep breathing it could be something more serious like a collapsed lung or blood clot and you should be seen. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can a pulled muscle in your back make it hurt when you breathe?

Can a pulled muscle in your back make it hurt when you breathe?

Yes.: A pulled or strained muscle can give you pain when you breathe because of the expansion of the rib cage, that puts a stress on those muscles. ...Read more

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I have a pulled muscle in my back right below my right shoulder blade. Please tell me how to get rid of it. I can't sleep and hurts to breathe?

I have a pulled muscle in my back right below my right shoulder blade. Please tell me how to get rid of it. I can't sleep and hurts to breathe?

Myofascial Pain: Sounds like you have a myofascial nodule (muscle knot) of the rhomboid muscle. This is a common yet painful location for a myofascial nodule. I'll bet your sleep is poor. These knots respond to quality sleep and deep friction massage. A pm&r specialist is your best bet at getting proper treatment if your family doc is stumped. ...Read more

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Lower left back pain by kidney. Diognosed as a pulled muscle month ago still hurts. Sharp pain with deep breath?

Follow up with MD: Since you have been treated by your doctor and diagnosed as pulled muscle and you still have pain it needs to be re evaluated by your doctor and you may need some tests to find the cause of persistant pain in left back. ...Read more

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Woke up 2 days ago with pulled muscle in my mid/upper back. Pain at times shoots through my chest and takes my breath away. Is this normal?

Not normal: To have chest pain. It could be a serious condition such as angina, aortic dissection, or pulmonary embolism. You should be seen by a doctor for specific diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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Did crunches & sit ups for the first time in months last night. Today upper back, armpits, chest hurt. Chest hurts to move or breathe. Pulled muscle?

Very likely.: Chest pain or breathing problems always worry us. That being said it sounds like you have a pretty close correlation between your work out and your symptoms starting. In addition you are young as well so serious causes are likely to be less common. Keep an eye on the symptoms, try tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. IF you get any new or worrisome symptom get to your doc asap. ...Read more

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Would it be possible that a pulled muscle cause shortness in breath?

Would it be possible that a pulled muscle cause shortness in breath?

Yes: If it is an intercostal muscle between the ribs or other muscle around the chest. But don't assume it is a pulled muscle since more serious things need to be ruled out like heart etc. Get checked. ...Read more

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I have a pain in my left upper ribcage when I take a deep breath out that started when I woke, pulled muscle? How to help?

See your doctor fast: Your question is concerning on a lot of levels given your youth and so you should see a doctor or go to urgent care right away. It is hard to pull a muscle in the chest area upon awakening. The pain upon breathing out could be a pneumothorax and should be evaluated. Other possibilities do include muscle strain, spasm or costochondritis.Please see a doctor for a good examination and keep us posted ...Read more

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Cough on off few days. Today my chest hurt, I tried working out and it was very hard to breathe and there was pain and BPM fast. Pulled muscle? ?

Cough on off few days. Today my chest hurt, I tried working out and it was very hard to breathe and there was pain and BPM fast. Pulled muscle? ?

Shortness of breath: Cough, chest tightness and shortness of breath on exertion are symptoms of asthma. Asthma in adult usually starts at your age range, in the 20's and 30's. An allergist or Pulmonologist are specialized in treating this condition. ...Read more

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Working out and felt a pull underneath my right rib cage, thought it was a pulled muscle now I'm nauseous and short breath. Rib cage feels fine tho?

Working out and felt a pull underneath my right rib cage, thought it was a pulled muscle now I'm nauseous and short breath. Rib cage feels fine tho?

Chest wall pain: Muscle pain just beneath or around the rib cage is very worrisome but typically reassuring. If you weren't working out and pain developed I would be more concerned. Try rest, ice, advil, Tylenol (acetaminophen) and if worse pain see your doctor. ...Read more

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Today I noticed a dull pain on the top right side of chest when take deep breath. Could it be just pulled muscle? Need to worry? What meds will help?

Today I noticed a dull pain on the top right side of chest when take deep breath. Could it be just pulled muscle? Need to worry? What meds will help?

See doctor now: Any pain when taking a deep breath can range from a muscle spasm to an actual lung or heart condition. If it has lasted for at least 48 hours and has not fully subsided or is getting worse and interferes with any normal daily activities you need to immediately go to your nearest urgent care or emergency room. You can contact your doctor/nurse if you have one if it is manageable. ...Read more

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Would a pulled muscle in my left shoulder give me shortness of breath?

Would a pulled muscle in my left shoulder give me shortness of breath?

Shoulder: There is little reason for a pulled shoulder muscle to cause shortness of breath unless the real pain was coming from a thoracic attached muscle like latissimus. ...Read more

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35 weeks along, my side feels like I've been on a long run where it's like a pulled muscle and it's hard to get a breath in. Could it be contractions?

35 weeks along, my side feels like I've been on a long run where it's like a pulled muscle and it's hard to get a breath in. Could it be contractions?

Probably not: Contractions should be paroxysmal, meaning they have a notable start and stop. A persistent side pain is more likely some other cause, but some possibilities can be concerning. Call your doctor or go to Labor and Delivery if your pain is severe or if you think that you could be in labor. ...Read more

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I can breath but I feel like I cant catch my breath anxiety maybe? Its been all day also my chest is sore like pulled muscle or maybe agina?

I can breath but I feel like I cant catch my breath anxiety maybe? Its been all day also my chest is sore like pulled muscle or maybe agina?

Anxiety: “I feel like I cant catch my breath” is likely Anxiety.
“sore like pulled muscle” can be due to muscle strain
It does not seem Angina as you do not have difficulty in breathing on exertion.
See Psychiatrist for
• Diagnosis
• Therapy for Stress
• Medication if needed
• Breathing Relaxation
• Visual Imagery
• Meditation
Yoga
Tai Chi ...Read more

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Brief pains in calf and thigh, dr things pulled muscle. Worried about blood clot now short of breath. Would leg be swelling? No swelling or redness.

Brief pains in calf and thigh, dr things pulled muscle. Worried about blood clot now short of breath. Would leg be swelling? No swelling or redness.

Get to er: Leg pains accompanied by shortness of breath is a pulmonary embolism until proven otherwise. Typically preceeded by a clot in the leg. Redness and swelling may occur. However if the clots are higher up in the pelvis the redness and swelling may not be apparent. Pts with hypercoagulable states are prone to spontaneous clotting and need lifelong blood thinners. Need a ct scan of chest in ER asap ...Read more

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Can shortness of breath occur from a muscle strain in my ribcage from weight-lifting?

Yes: If it hurts to breathe, we become much more aware of our breathing and this translates into a feeling of shortness of breath.
Try some ibuprofen. If the pain improves and if you become distracted, the sensation should disappear. If it doesn't, you should be examined for other causes - eg collapsed lung (which is rare but does happen sometimes). ...Read more

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Have a pain in my right side, mid ribcage. Feels like a muscle strain or bruised rib but feels swollen. Hurts when sleep on side or take deep breath.

Have a pain in my right side, mid ribcage. Feels like a muscle strain or bruised rib but feels swollen. Hurts when sleep on side or take deep breath.

Pleurisy?: This is an area of inflammation in the lining around the lung. Usually doesn't last more than several minutes. If persistent, sounds like it would be reasonable to see your primary care doctor for a proper evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is it possible lhermitte's sign from something other than ms. If so, how likely? I had a pulled muscle in back week ago and now this.

Is it possible lhermitte's sign from something other than ms. If so, how likely? I had a pulled muscle in back week ago and now this.

Not specific: Nothing about lhermitte's that is solely related to ms, and can be seen with any problem affecting the posterior columns of the cervical spinal cord. Includes b-12 deficiency, cervical stenosis or disc problem, decreased spinal cord blood flow, spinal cord contusion or other injuries. ...Read more

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How to treat a pulled muscle in back side of leg?

First 72 hrs, ice 20: 20min every 4hrs, then alternate heat with ice. Gentle stretching, not min q 4 hrs, gentle stretch, no bouncing. Antiinflamatories or Tylenol (acetaminophen) ok for pain. Resume walking slowly, always gently warm up, stationary bike is good. If not slowly improving over 2 wks, or have a set back, see ur doc. ...Read more

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Nagging pain in upper back, below the neck, also pain in right hand triceps. It started bec of pulled muscle in back while doing back exercise.

Nagging pain in upper back, below the neck, also pain in right hand triceps. It started bec of pulled muscle in back while doing back exercise.

Back&hand Pain: Pain that radiates from upper back to hand indicates a need to see your doctor. You mention pulling a muscle while exercising. That MAY be the case or it may be from a pinched nerve. Your doc will tell you and help you. Catch it now so it does not become chronic. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Sharp fast pain on the left side of my back muscle. And it usually shoots pain up and down the same area. It doesn't feel like a pulled muscle.

Sharp fast pain on the left side of my back muscle. And it usually shoots pain up and down the same area. It doesn't feel like a pulled muscle.

Sharp pain: Sharp, shooting and radiating pain like that may occur with a pinched nerve. To localize the problem, consult an orthopedic surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Sharp quikpain lower left back only when taking deepbreath, can't replicate w/position. Shoveled for 2hrs, 30hrs before onset of pain! Pulled muscle?

Yes: Sounds like a pulled muscle due to shovelling generally tends to improve with rest and heat and should resolve in couple of days. If it persists then you may need to be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Can I go back to gymnastics with a torn or pulled muscle?

Can I go back to gymnastics with a torn or pulled muscle?

YES, BUT once the Ms: Has healed and fully recovered and got stronger, with proper treatment and Therapy.
See an Orthopod and be treated till healed.
GOOD LUCK. ...Read more

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Best thing for a pulled muscle in the lower back? And how long should the pain last?

Moist heat, Motrin: Apply moist heat on it several time a day and use motrin, it depend how severe it is it take from 2 -10 days. ...Read more

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My back is killing me on my right side bout half way down hurts to stretch hurts to turn certain ways feels like a pulled muscle?

My back is killing me on my right side bout half way down hurts to stretch hurts to turn certain ways feels like a pulled muscle?

Back pain: I see many patients with similar complaints in my practice, and it is usually related to a few possibilities: muscle sprain or strain, ensuing arthritis, a herniated disk, or other neurological issue. For those reasons, I always refer them to a specialist. Please seek a consult with a neurosurgeon, or orthopedic spinal specialist. ...Read more

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