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Old 01-03-2008, 02:17 AM   #1
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Ribcage issue, fracture or pulled muscle?? please help.

Hi there everyone.

Here's my problem

At the beginning of december, my older brother cought a bad chest infection, which, im guessing i caught because i developed the same terrible, hacking cough that HE had.

It was a very phlegmy, weezing cough that has gotten since gotten better....


BUT, on the morning of 24th of December, i woke up with the most intense, sharp pain in my right side ribcage.

every time i let out a cough, this pain just stabs me in the side, forcing me to try and cough 'softly' and somewhat lurch over...

I've discovered that if i take my left hand, and force a lot of pressure into the area, it eases the pain of the COUGH..but the problem remains.

i thought maybe i had coughed so hard for so long through the night, that i might have cracked a rib or something, BUT, if i move my fingers around the ribcage, i can feel all the bones and "push" or wiggle them without and type of , fractured bone pain...so i dont think its that


But on one area, sortof on the lower section of the ribcage, it
REALLY REALLY hurts...

touching it hurts, stretching my right arm up over my head causes it to hurt with a dull pain, Sneezing causes a sharp pain as does coughing...

its difficult to find a comfotable sleeping position too. And when i take a deep breath and fill my lungs, the pain flares up

There is no bruising visible on the surface.

Basically, im not sure if its a pulled muscle or not

im a fairly athletic 25 y m...so this has left me deabilitated a bit, i thought the pain would be healed by now (since Dec 24) but it's STILL consistent.

its bringing me down, coz i face ANOTHER day dealing with it, and being unable to continue my weight training regime, or just generally be as full of life as i normally am...(its not a traiing issue, i hadnt trained for the entire Dec month)

any advice, other than 'go to a doctor' , does this sound like a problem i can heal myself?

what can i do?

Thanks for any wisdom

 
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Old 01-03-2008, 07:06 AM   #2
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Re: Ribcage issue, fracture or pulled muscle?? please help.

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Hi there everyone.

Here's my problem

At the beginning of december, my older brother cought a bad chest infection, which, im guessing i caught because i developed the same terrible, hacking cough that HE had.

It was a very phlegmy, weezing cough that has gotten since gotten better....


BUT, on the morning of 24th of December, i woke up with the most intense, sharp pain in my right side ribcage.

every time i let out a cough, this pain just stabs me in the side, forcing me to try and cough 'softly' and somewhat lurch over...

I've discovered that if i take my left hand, and force a lot of pressure into the area, it eases the pain of the COUGH..but the problem remains.

i thought maybe i had coughed so hard for so long through the night, that i might have cracked a rib or something, BUT, if i move my fingers around the ribcage, i can feel all the bones and "push" or wiggle them without and type of , fractured bone pain...so i dont think its that


But on one area, sortof on the lower section of the ribcage, it
REALLY REALLY hurts...

touching it hurts, stretching my right arm up over my head causes it to hurt with a dull pain, Sneezing causes a sharp pain as does coughing...

its difficult to find a comfotable sleeping position too. And when i take a deep breath and fill my lungs, the pain flares up

There is no bruising visible on the surface.

Basically, im not sure if its a pulled muscle or not

im a fairly athletic 25 y m...so this has left me deabilitated a bit, i thought the pain would be healed by now (since Dec 24) but it's STILL consistent.

its bringing me down, coz i face ANOTHER day dealing with it, and being unable to continue my weight training regime, or just generally be as full of life as i normally am...(its not a traiing issue, i hadnt trained for the entire Dec month)

any advice, other than 'go to a doctor' , does this sound like a problem i can heal myself?

what can i do?

Thanks for any wisdom
My aunt has just had the same problem and after the pain did not go away after 6 months she went to see her doctor. He gave her strong pain killers just to cope with the pain and for her to carry on with everyday jobs that she was struggling to do. He sent her for an xray but that came back clear as no bones seemed to be broken or fractured. Obviously long term pain killers were not the answer. After another 4 months a specialist told her she had suffered with a viral infection that had caused damage to the cartilage in her spinal cord, which was causing the pain in her ribs. She now has to have physio 3 times a week, but it is now 12 months since she had the virus and she is still on pain killers although the physio is helping with the pain. So you need advice from your doctor as this will not just go away. Hope this helps.

 
Old 01-03-2008, 08:24 AM   #3
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Re: Ribcage issue, fracture or pulled muscle?? please help.

i am just wondering about your aunt hon?you do not actually have any cartilage IN your spinal cord.i am thinking it was the ribs that attach to the actual spinal column?

this does aound alot like it could be costochondritis?this does have to do with the cartilage that is betwen the actual invidual ribs themselves and not the actual rib?it is caused by alot of things,but couging constantly or even really a hard one could possibly do this.the things my hubby was told to do with this is just use some sort of NSAID like aleeve(a really good one since it just lasts alot longer than advil)or advil and moist heat.he managed to pull the cartilage away from his rib while lifting wieghts way back when.just take it easy and try this and see what happens.if things don't get better in like five days or so,i mean if you are not feeling ANY type of relief at all,see your doc.just do NOT ever wrap that rib area since it could lead to pneumonia eventually.they do not wrap ribs any more mostly for this reason.even when they are broken.that area just has to heal back to its rightful place.it does take some time tho.just try the aleeve and moist heat for awhile and see if it doesn't at least help some.that area is inflammed most likely so it really needs some level of anti inflammatory.hope you feel better soon.please keep us posted.if at anytime your breathing just doesn't "feel" right,please see your doc for x rays. FB
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Old 01-03-2008, 10:03 AM   #4
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Re: Ribcage issue, fracture or pulled muscle?? please help.

These responses are...sort of what i was SCARED of.

I was thinking about cartilage tearing or something like that

the thing that worries me most is that, ive torn muscles before, and normally the comfortable relief of healing is felt within a couple of days...this has been like this for over a week.

Its Friday tomorrow, i'll relax the weekend, we have anti-inflammatory's in the house. i might take em(normally i hate the idea of taking tablets or pills) but i'll give em a go, if no relief comes to me, i think i'll just make an appointment for monday morning, see what the doc say.

thanks for the advice

 
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Re: Ribcage issue, fracture or pulled muscle?? please help.

i wouldn't be too freaked out if this is indeed what you have going on.cartilage generally will,in the area you have this,heal fairly quickly or rejoin the area it pulled from.it is not the same as tearing something like muscle.once my hubby just started the advil thing and the heat applications,it did not take too long before he started feeling alot less pain.you just kind of have to really watch your lifting for awhile.you don;t want to keep re inflamming or pulling that tear(which if this really is,you don;t actually tear the cartilage itself but it just pulls away from the rib itself,you know what i mean?,if this is what it actually is.if things don;t start to feel better soon,i would most defiitely see your doc about it and have it more deeply evaluated.good luck and just take it easy for while and see how things go.please keep me posted as to how things are feeling for ya. FB
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