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

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Dr. Ilir Sharka


Practicing since :2001

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Posted on Fri, 20 Jul 2018 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
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.
Answered by Dr. Ilir Sharka 19 minutes later
Brief Answer:
I would recommend as follows:

Detailed Answer:

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
Follow up: Dr. Ilir Sharka 4 minutes later
Thank you very much!
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
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