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Recently started exercising, have pain in lower rib cage that intensifies on laughing or coughing. History of collapsed lung. Related?

hello i started exercising a couple of days ago and in the last day I have been having pain on my right side in my lower rib cage, does not affect my breathing , but the pain intensifies when I laugh or cough , is it just a sore muscle. I did have a collasped lung last year and I hope it is not something that has to do with that. Pls help. Sincerely, PQ
Asked On : Wed, 9 Jan 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for writing to us.

I have read your query in detail. The symptoms you have described are more likely to be symptoms of muscles strain.

To get relief from the pain and for quick healing:
1. Do hot fermentation at the site.
2. Apply local anti-inflammatory gel 2-3 times a day.
3. Take anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen to reduce pain and local swelling or inflammation.
4. Do not lift weight or try to do exercise that involve painful muscles. Give proper time for the injury to heal.

I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.

Wishing you good health...
Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Answered: Wed, 9 Jan 2013
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