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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?

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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Pulled a rib muscle after sneezing recovery time?

Pulled a rib muscle after sneezing recovery time?

Pulled muscle: Typically this lasts just a few days. Try some Naproxen or ibuprofen. Feel better! ...Read more

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I think I pulled a top rib muscle coughing (sarcoidosis), how long does it take to heal? What can I do coughing kills even hurts to touch breast.

I think I pulled a top rib muscle coughing (sarcoidosis), how long does it take to heal? What can I do coughing kills even hurts to touch breast.

Chest pain: If you've inflammed an intercostal muscle or a chest wall muscle it can take some weeks to heal. Your chest is constantly moving with respiration and coughing irritates it also, both slow healing somewhat. You might be able to take Ibuprofen to make things more comfortable. It is isn't improving should see your doc. ...Read more

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Sharp pain left side, what are signs and treatments for bruised rib/pulled muscle there? Pain comes and goes

Sharp pain left side, what are signs and treatments for bruised rib/pulled muscle there? Pain comes and goes

Anti-inflammatory: A pulled muscle is certainly a possibility, especially at your age, and would be more tender between the ribs. A bruised rib would be more tender directly on the involved rib. Try an oral anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen - aka Motrin or advil, or naproxyn - aleve) for a week or two, and see a physician if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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My chest has been sore for a few weeks. I believe it's a minor cracked rib or pulled muscle.?

My chest has been sore for a few weeks. I believe it's a minor cracked rib or pulled muscle.?

Doesn't matter: Whether a rib is broken or bruised is not a particularly meaningful distinction- both are quite painful and the pain lasts for weeks. An easy way to tell the difference, is to compress the chest wall (place hands away from the area of soreness). When you compress the chest wall, if pain is felt at the area of soreness, the rib is likely cracked (bruises only hurt when you press directly on them). ...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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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?

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

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I pulled a muscle twice underneath my right rib and the second time I felt it pop with pain, what can I do to help the discomfort.

I pulled a muscle twice underneath my right rib and the second time I felt it pop with pain, what can I do to help the discomfort.

Rib pain treatments: You did not state if the pain was in the chest wall, area or the back; but will try to assist. Pulling a rib may be either muscular or a torsion at the attachment sights. If the former, topical, or oral nsaids are best with ice rubs beneficial too. If posterior, manipulation to replace the rotation works well. As well as the prior treatment. If this is a recurring problem, work up, is needed. ...Read more

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I have severe rib area pain after vomitting a few times. It seems like I pulled a muscle but can you pull a muscle in your ribs? It hurts to even brea

I have severe rib area pain after vomitting a few times. It seems like I pulled a muscle but can you pull a muscle in your ribs? It hurts to even brea

Intercostal.: The intercostal muscles are those that are found in between our ribs. With violent coughing or vomiting, it is actually possible to pull one or several of those small and weaker muscles. ...Read more

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I pulled or tore a muscle in my left side under my rib cage, should I go to the emergency room, it hurts so bad I can hardly breathe?

Probably: You may need to be seen to get pain relief that is stronger than OTC meds. Rib sprains and bruises can take 4-6 weeks to heal and they are very difficult to deal with because you HAVE to keep on breathing! ...Read more

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Ok so I coughed an now my left side under my ribs is tense... doesn't really hurt but feels strange, a bit swollen? Pulled muscle maybe?

Ok so I coughed an now my left side under my ribs is tense... doesn't really hurt but feels strange, a bit swollen? Pulled muscle maybe?

Strain muscle: Probably you have a muscle strain-sprain however if you coughed very hard and you have soft bones (osteoporosis)the possibility of stress fx of the rib may be consider. Without pain I doubt it. ...Read more

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I feel slight discomfort on my right ribs when I move. Can this be pulled muscle? I did the laundry 3 days ago and I think maybe that's the reason

I feel slight discomfort on my right ribs when I move. Can this be pulled muscle? I did the laundry 3 days ago and I think maybe that's the reason

Could be..: Yes, it certainly could be pulled muscles. It's possible you strained the muscles inbetween your ribs, called the intercostal muscles, and this can cause discomfort when moving a certain way or even with deep breaths. Try Ibuprofen or Naproxen to help with the pain and inflammation. If it gets very severe, you may also need a prescription muscle relaxant. You could also try a heating pad. ...Read more

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Iv just started working out. Mainly tredmill. I just have pain in thebottem left side of my ribs could this be pulled muscle or how long should I wait?

Iv just started working out. Mainly tredmill. I just have pain in thebottem left side of my ribs could this be pulled muscle or how long should I wait?

Not long: Pain in the left rib area could be many things. In general exercise should not be painful or cause pain especially pain that lasts more than a day or so. Certainly cramping/pulled muscles could be the cause, but more serious conditions could be the case such as heart conditions or even a spleen issue. Discussing this with your dr would be a good idea to get a better description and history. ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the difference between broken ribs, cracked ribs and a pulled muscle next to ur ribs?

Location: Fractured and cracked = the same & u would b tender on the bone of the rib. If intercostal muscles the pain will b between the boney rib. ...Read more

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Coughed & had sudden sharp excruciating pain throughout ribs. Now it's just on left side. Hurts to move, walk, twist. Pulled muscle or more serious?

Yes, ribs: Sounds like you strained the intercostal muscles. Take Naproxen or Ibuprofen. If not improving after a few days go to a chiropractor. If not improving after that, see your family doctor. Also get an exercise ball to lay on giving yourself a massage. ...Read more

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Have pain in my muscle under my left rib cage, pulled or did something at work, it also hurts when I breathe and cough, I don't think it is a broken r?

3 possibilities: Costochondritis: the place where the bony rib meets the cartilage rib can become injured and painful. Not broken unless major trauma or defect in rib.

Intercostal muscle strain: the muscle between the ribs can be torn and painful.

Pleurisy: The lung tissue can pull away from the chest wall and become painful.

All 3 are benign and should heal in 4-6 weeks. NSAIDs like Advil (ibuprofen) will help. ...Read more

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Found a lump on rib cage 8 months ago. Now 3. Painful when agitated, didn't hurt for 5 months until last week when I pulled my left side muscle.

Please get checked: By your doc. A lump can be serious and when treated properly can lower your anxiety. Ambiguity generates anxiety. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I had a pulled ab muscle strain 3-4 weeks ago and last week I shoveled snow now I am getting pain under my lower rib cage. .. Is it from shoveling?

Yes: Yes shoveling snow can definitely cause strain of the back as well as abdominal muscles. It can be strenuous especially if it the heavy wet type. Usually the pain will resolve in couple of days without any long term problems. If you continue to have problems see you doctor. ...Read more

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I have been having pain around my left front side of lower ribs for months now. I also have back pain that almost feels like a pulled muscle. Ideas?

You've answered it!: Best to see an osteopathic physician, who can help you with both issues further. S/he can do a osteopathic structural musculoskeletal examination of your head, neck, back, hips, sacrum, pelvis, lower/upper extremities, and ribs to see how your postural mechanics, gait, asymmetric compensatory patterns are all working together to determine what exactly is happening, and provide treatment. ...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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Constant, often-sharp under rib and upper ab pain-almost like pulled muscles, 4 days after problem-free colonoscopy. No fever -blood-bm. Is it normal?

Inform your doctor: There is no persisting pain expected after colonoscopic examination. I would advise you to inform your doctor who did the procedure and seek his guidance. It may be a complication due to this procedure or just a change in bowel activity due to vigorous preparation (If you are able to eat and there is no vomiting or fever, you are probably going to be Ok). Have your bowels moved yet? ...Read more

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Dull pain near liver/under rib cage, that comes and goes when move certain ways. Recently started working out. Pulled muscle?

Dull pain near liver/under rib cage, that comes and goes when move certain ways. Recently started working out. Pulled muscle?

Could be: It is good that you are exercising. You may take a bit easier with exercise till this heals and then gradually increase the intensity of exercise.
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Pain in left shoulder especially when turning head to the right, how can I be sure this is a pulled muscle and not my spleen, pain under left rib too?

Pain in left shoulder especially when turning head to the right, how can I be sure this is a pulled muscle and not my spleen, pain under left rib too?

See a doc: It is unlikely that you have an abdominal problem unless you recall a history or injury etc. Its likely your neck or shoulder. Nevertheless if concerned about spleen seek care at an emergency room. ...Read more

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Ribs (8, 9, 10) hurt to touch on right side. I haven't exercised or pulled a muscle. What could cause this tenderness? (My back & spine hurt often too).

Costochondritis: I understand your distress.
“Ribs (8, 9, 10) hurt to touch on right side” is likely due to inflammation of the cartilage, cartilage and ligaments in the rib joining the rib to the sternum.
Stress can make pain intense.
See Orthopedic Physician for Diagnosis, have X-rays needed and Physical Therapy.
See Psychiatrist for Therapy to cope with the pain, Relaxation and Medication. ...Read more