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Doctor insights on: Tender Muscles On Ribs

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How to rehab sore muscles in rib area from coughing?

How to rehab sore muscles in rib area from coughing?

Sprained muscles.: Time. The use of Aleve (naproxen) and other otcf painc meds. Splinting (chest taping if severe)! keep in mind that older people with osteoporosis can get rib fractures from violent coughing. Unlikely, but something to consider if your pain is focal and you are older. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

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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Twisting force caused tear sensation in back 9-11 ribs w/ initial severe pain w/ sitting up and breathing. 1.5 years later muscle still gets sore.?

Twisting force caused tear sensation in back 9-11 ribs w/ initial severe pain w/ sitting up and breathing. 1.5 years later muscle still gets sore.?

Was there rib fractu: This may have been a fracture or a separation of the rib cartilage. If it does not heal completely there can be a tear that periodically separates. There may have been a problem with the healing that puts the muscle at risk. You can discuss this with your physiciana nd look at the imaging. ...Read more

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I have a lump directly below my rib cage on my back, left side. Feels like a lump on a muscle but there’s not one the other side. It’s about half an inch- an inch long. Just feels a tiny bit sore, all my back muscles ache at top too.?

I have a lump directly below my rib cage on my back, left side. Feels like a lump on a muscle but there’s not one the other side. It’s about half an inch- an inch long. Just feels a tiny bit sore, all my back muscles ache at top too.?

Lump on back: Could be lipoma (benign), or a ganglion cyst though that is a rare area. But would follow up w/ dermatologist or surgeon as may need biopsy to make sure it is not something else. Muscle may ache from pressure of lesion but may be another entity as well, like strain, cervical spine issues, even sore throats, Be up to date on mammograms. F/u/ w /dermatology ...Read more

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I have a lump under left rib. It is sore like a contracted muscle that stays tight.

I have a lump under left rib. It is sore like a contracted muscle that stays tight.

Few questions....: With lumps and bumps a picture usually is helpful and I would like to ask a few other things such as:
Is it getting bigger?
Is it tender to touch?
How old are you?
Any such lumps before?
How long has it been there? ...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).

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

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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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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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I have had pain on my right side above the hip below the rib cage. A tender spot in the muscle about the size of my thumb. Since wednesday?

I have had pain on my right side above the hip below the rib cage. A tender spot in the muscle about the size of my thumb. Since wednesday?

Pulled muscle: You could have pulled a muscle. When you discuss this with your physician to ask about issues like the intestine, gallbladder, the kidney as other possibilities. But if it's right on the surface I suspect it's the muscle ...Read more

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Chronic anxiety causing rounded shoulders and my rib cage feels like it can't expand when I breathe. My upper back muscles have been sore for months.

Chronic anxiety causing rounded shoulders and my rib cage feels like it can't expand when I breathe. My upper back muscles have been sore for months.

Treat anxiety & PT: I would undergo counseling to identify and treat the source of your anxiety. You may also benefit from a physical therapist for exercises regarding posture and muscle training. ...Read more

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Could you really know if its a bruised rib, a sore muscle, or a fractured rib?

Could you really know if its a bruised rib, a sore muscle, or a fractured rib?

Imaging studies need: See your doctor for physical exam and x ray. Only x ray or CT exam can confirm if you have a fracture. ...Read more

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Could a fatty liver from being obese that is borderline enlarged cause muscles and ribs to be sore in the kidney area I have lost 52 lbs?

Could a fatty liver from being obese that is borderline enlarged cause muscles and ribs to be sore in the kidney area I have lost 52 lbs?

Doubt, but others...: Causes include musculoskeletal pain and kidney pain. Musculoskeletal is by far the most common. If not better with ibuprofen, may need an ultrasound. Remember no Ibuprofen on empty stomach, after meals only. ...Read more

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Pain infront of both rib, comes in waves also when I move a certain way like a sore muscle, but I also have gerd. Is that normal for gerd? Maybe a uti?

Pain infront of both rib, comes in waves also when I move a certain way like a sore muscle, but I also have gerd. Is that normal for gerd? Maybe a uti?

Unlikely UTI: Pain in ribs is unlikely gerd (acid reflux from stomach) especially if it hurts with moving. If you are getting short of breath with the pain, go get evaluated by your doctor or er. Uti pain is always associated with burning when urinating. ...Read more

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My ribs, oblique muscles, chest, and legs are sore as if I've done a full body workout when I haven't. Can this be due to carry a very heavy backpack?

My ribs, oblique muscles, chest, and legs are sore as if I've done a full body workout when I haven't. Can this be due to carry a very heavy backpack?

Muscle pains: If you experienced these pains after carrying a heavy backpack then it is reasonable to assume the pains may be a result of this. Try Tylenol to relieve the pain. Take a break from carrying heavy items. If the pains persist, then see a doctor. If the pain is concentrated in the chest and worse with exertion, associated with breathing problems or radiates to arm, then see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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I had some lower back muscle pain on the right side and now I have some tenderness on right side under my rib cage? Any ideas what it could be?

I had some lower back muscle pain on the right side and now I have some tenderness on right side under my rib cage? Any ideas what it could be?

Liver: You are pointing to liver gallbladder and colon area. From simple constipation to, hepatitis, gallstones, colitis.......... Pulled muscle possible. See pmd for clarification. ...Read more

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End of bad cold/cough. Muscle area under right breast/rib is tender. No shortness of breath or other symptoms, but jab w big breath/ exaggerated lung expansion. What is it?

End of bad cold/cough. Muscle area under right breast/rib is tender. No shortness of breath or other symptoms, but jab w big breath/ exaggerated lung expansion. What is it?

Muscle strain: A bout of coughing may have strained the muscles. You may watch and wait. If it does not get better in a week or so, it would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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After axiety attack muscles in chest feel weird and sore is it normal?

After axiety attack muscles in chest feel weird and sore is it normal?

Well, normal is not: The right word, but after panic attacks, the body reacts. During panic, your body pumps adrenaline into your blood stream, creating a fight or flight response. Symptoms are rapid heart rate, sweaty palms, rapid breathing and about 28 other symptoms. Now your body has to metabolize this bunch of stress hormones. Your muscles are ready for action and very tight, yet you didn't do much. ...Read more

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Can I do push-ups and gain muscle every other day even if my chest is sore still from the push-ups stint 2 days prior. I'm 16 and 125 LBS 5'41/2 HT?

Can I do push-ups and gain muscle every other day even if my chest is sore still from the push-ups stint 2 days prior. I'm 16 and 125 LBS 5'41/2 HT?

Yes: Pain will disappear with time, keep every other day until pain is gone. Then do it daily Ideally 2 sets 3 times a day of 15 to 25 each
If pain persists X 1 mo get medical attention ...Read more

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I threw up last night a couple of times, and today my chest feels a little sore. Should I be concerned? Or r my muscles probably just reacting to the

I threw up last night a couple of times, and today my chest feels a little sore. Should I be concerned? Or r my muscles probably just reacting to the

After vomiting: Your chest could hurt from the retching itself, or from the acid in stomach juices that came up with the vomit. If you are not still vomiting, and no blood coming up, then you should recover within a day or two. ...Read more

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Is it healthy to go run while my chest and arm muscles are still sore from working out?

Yes in my opinion: I think it is a great idea to alternate muscle groups in the course of a fitness program. The soreness is likely attributable to anaerobic metabolism or Lactic Acid buildup. If it does not resolve within a few days, it could be due to injury. In the meantime I see no contraindications to aerobic or lower body workouts performed in a reasonable fashion. ...Read more

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The center of my chest (diaphragm area) is very tender to the touch. No other obvious symptoms. Can you overwork muscle or connective tissue there?

Costochondritis: Costochondritis is inflammation of the joints between the ribs and the sternum. It can be caused by injury or overactivity and usually responds to rest and nsaids. However, if you have other medical problems such as high blood pressure, or if there are other symptoms such as shortness of breath or dizziness, you should see your doctor to make sure that the pain is not related to the heart. ...Read more

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What could cause sore chest muscles, like a general ache in them? Also sore back muscles. No injury but nursing and hold 25# baby a lot.

What could cause sore chest muscles, like a general ache in them? Also sore back muscles. No injury but nursing and hold 25# baby a lot.

Might be the baby.: It could be the fact that you're carrying around a 25 pound baby. The chest and back muscles would be utilized in this context. Arms can get sore, too, especially the biceps. ...Read more

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I may be suffering from anxiety. How do I go about it! How do I relieve these symptoms chest left preassure, sore muscles, easily scared much more?

I may be suffering from anxiety. How do I go about it! How do I relieve these symptoms chest left preassure, sore muscles, easily scared much more?

Anxiety shows itself: In may ways. Once can mentally obsess over things that frighten the person or do behaviors to keep danger away, e.g., ritual behaviors, checking and re-checking. Physically there can be heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, sleeplessness, etc. Please go to a mental health professional for support if you think you have an anxiety disorder. ...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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I overdid it riding bike w son 6 mos ago. Next day chest tender. Pain and palps. I still have all today. All heart tests neg. Could it be muscle. Help?

I overdid it riding bike w son 6 mos ago. Next day chest tender. Pain and palps. I still have all today. All heart tests neg. Could it be muscle. Help?

Not heart: If you have tenderness (that is, it's sore to touch), then it's definitely not your heart. Six months is a long time for a sore muscle. You may have some arthritis in your costochondral junctions or even in your shoulder with referred pain to your chest. X-rays may be helpful. Ibuprofen, which you take, is a good treatment. Palpitations are a separate issue. ...Read more