How to recover from a pulled muscle in the upper left rib cage?
I would recommend as follows:
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!
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