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Suggest treatment to relieve sharp pain under the left rib after a hard sneeze

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Dr. Michelle Gibson James

General & Family Physician

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Posted on Fri, 9 Nov 2018 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: I sneezed real hard one day, now I have a very sharp pain in my ribs below and towards the center . Just below my left pectoral.
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 11 minutes later
Brief Answer:

Unfortunately muscle injury can take up to 2 weeks to resolve, some cases 6 weeks.

Detailed Answer:


The pain is due to slight injury of the muscles in that area. It can sometimes take up to 2 weeks for muscle injury to resolve, in severe cases (though should not be the case for you)-- can take up to 6 weeks.

You can continue the tiger balm and if the pain is severe, consider adding an anti inflammatory pain killer such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen or Cataflam.

A warm compress to the area may also be helpful as well.

I hope this helps.


Dr. Michelle Gibson James
General & Family Physician
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