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How to recover from a pulled muscle in the upper left rib cage?

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Posted on Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Question: Last night I started to feel what felt like a muscle pull in my upper left rib cage. I did not exercise, thus it is not from that. It got more acute as the night progressed and is very sharp pain that travels up to my left shoulder.
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Answered by Dr. Ilir Sharka (19 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
I would recommend as follows:

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Welcome and thank you for asking on HCM!

I passed carefully through your question and would explain that your symptoms do not seem to be related to the heart.

A musculo-skeletal pain seems to be the cause of your complaints.

Is the pain triggered by deep breathing or arm/shoulder movement? This would be another argument in favor of musculo-skeletal pain.

In such case, I would recommend taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen three times daily.

It is also necessary having some rest and avoiding straining physical activity.

If the pain persists despite following the above recommendations, I would recommend consulting with your attending physician for a physical exam and some tests:

- a chest X ray study and a shoulder X ray study
- a resting ECG
- complete blood count, PCR, ESR for inflammation.

Hope you will find this answer helpful!

Kind regards,

Dr. Iliri
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Ilir Sharka (4 minutes later)
Thank you very much!
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Answered by Dr. Ilir Sharka (2 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
You are welcome!

Detailed Answer:
I am glad to have been helpful to you!

Wishing good health,

Dr. Iliri
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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How to recover from a pulled muscle in the upper left rib cage?

Brief Answer: I would recommend as follows: Detailed Answer: Hello! Welcome and thank you for asking on HCM! I passed carefully through your question and would explain that your symptoms do not seem to be related to the heart. A musculo-skeletal pain seems to be the cause of your complaints. Is the pain triggered by deep breathing or arm/shoulder movement? This would be another argument in favor of musculo-skeletal pain. In such case, I would recommend taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen three times daily. It is also necessary having some rest and avoiding straining physical activity. If the pain persists despite following the above recommendations, I would recommend consulting with your attending physician for a physical exam and some tests: - a chest X ray study and a shoulder X ray study - a resting ECG - complete blood count, PCR, ESR for inflammation. Hope you will find this answer helpful! Kind regards, Dr. Iliri