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Doctor insights on: What Are These Taut Bands Of Muscles That Hurt When I Press Them

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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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I have pain and popping in my sternum - like muscle pain when I move a certain way but it does not hurt when I press on my sternum. ?

STERNAL AREA PAIN: I SUGGEST YOUR SEE YOUR PCP AND ASK FOR CHEST XRAY AND POSSIBLE RIB SERIES. THIS MIGHT BE A STRUCTURAL PROBLEM WITH YOUR CHEST WALL. IT IS GOOD THAT PAIN IS NOT A PART OF YOUR COMPLAINT. ...Read more

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Have pulled a muscle under my right breast which hurts if I press on it?

Have pulled a muscle under my right breast which hurts if I press on it?

Myositis: is a general term for inflammation of the muscle due to trauma. Proper rest, moist heat, NSAIDs OTC for pain control and passive stretching will resolve the condition in 10-14 days. If concerned see your PCP for consultation. ...Read more

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I have a lump on my forearm muscle and im kind of worried about it. Only hurts when i press it. Arm feels perfectly fine other than that lump. Clues?

I have a lump on my forearm muscle and im kind of worried about it. Only hurts when i press it. Arm feels perfectly fine other than that lump. Clues?

See a specialist: See a hand/upper extremity or orthopaedic surgeon. While most lumps and bumps turn out to be benign, some are serious. If there is any question, get the opinion of an orthopaedic oncologist, a person who cares for tumors of bones, joints, muscles. Proper care of the serious lumps care increase the chance of good outcome. ...Read more

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Pain in the inside of my shin. I am a competitive gymnast and I have had pain in my right shin for about 4 weeks now. It hurts when i workout and run. It also hurts to press on it. My coach thought i strained the muscle but then she said it is weird that

The : The two most common causes of pain in this are are "medial tibial stress syndrome" (shin splints) and a stress fracture. Only a doctor will be able to give you a correct diagnosis. Don't fool around with this - if it is a stress fracture you could make it a lot worse by continuing to train. Go see a podiatrist or an orthopedist before you train again. I've included a link with more information about shin splints, but again, get a diagnoiss before you try to treat this on your own. ...Read more

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Hard, immobile bumps, about 1cm diameter, one on each side in front of my ears. Hurt when pressed. Maybe a muscle knot. Can this be cancerous?

Hard, immobile bumps, about 1cm diameter, one on each side in front of my ears. Hurt when pressed. Maybe a muscle knot. Can this be cancerous?

Lymph node or jaw: Most likely this represents a lymph node that is swollen and now noticeable. It could be your jaw if it is bone. The lymph node being swollen is more likely from new infection if tender. If it is still there I'm a week then see your doctor for evaluation. Usually lymph nodes if cancer are non tender so unlikely. ...Read more