For the past few weeks, Actually it's been about a month now I've been having this pain around my left side near my rib cage. For awhile it was very bad, so bad it disrupted my sleep, but it has since calmed a bit and I'm able to sleep without it waking me. I started stretching about a week ago in hopes to help this, and it has helped a little but still the pain persistent at times and makes me worry a great deal. It especially bothers me if I stand in one place for too long, and often it feel like an aching pressure, or a cramping sensation. The pain will sometimes be on my left side too, but not as severely as my left.
Usually it only bothers me when I'm moving around, as I like to be very active. I'm often forced to rest however because it still gets to the point where I just can't stand it anymore. I saw a doctor, twice in fact, the first one prescribed Sudafed without even really looking me over, dismissing what I said about thinking it was a muscle problem. The second doctor told me I might have strained myself lifting something heavy. But I've strained muscles before and it's never lasted this long, how long does it take for muscles to fully heal? If that's what this is, I'm partly afraid it's something more serious, but I always worry about stuff like that.
Has anyone else ever been afflicted with something like this? Is there anything I can do? As I said I started stretching, and the stretching doesn't aggravate the sore spot but despite this the aching and pain still disrupts what I'm doing after a period of time and it's extremely frustrating.
thanks for any help or advice.