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Dull pain in rib cage, back pain, feeling stiff in the morning. Muscle relaxants used. Treatment?

I have dull pain to the touch on the of right rib cage extending to a small area of back. Have had pain for about four months. Have seen primary care physician twice and have prescribed muscle relaxaxants that hasn t taken pain away. Feels stiff in morning, hurts more after sitting, feels much better after using hot tub or when I m walking or moving about. Any ideas.
Asked On : Sat, 8 Dec 2012
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You have possibly got a problem with your spine. This may be facet joint stiffness or a disc prolapse. The muscles may be in spasm due to the underlying problem.
I suggest you discuss the need for an MRI with your doctor.
In the meantime, paracetamol and ibuprofen may help the pain. A TENS (transcutaneous nerve stimulator) could be considered as a non-drug method of pain management. Exercises to strengthen your core muscles could be suggested by a physiotherapist.
I hope this is of help.
Dr K A Pottinger
Answered: Sun, 18 Aug 2013
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