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What Does Pain In The Rib Cage Indicate?

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Posted on Mon, 6 Nov 2017
Question: Past week, I have been getting an achy feeling in upper chest and upper back area. Now after sleeping, the pain is all around rib cage. Pain goes away some during the day and when I take Motrin or Aleve
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Could be due to an electrolyte imbalance

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concerns. It seems that either you have somehow you have developed an electrolyte imbalance, or you are suffering from a simple viral infection. I would insist you to take juicy fruits like citrus fruits. They contain plenty of potassium which should help in proper functioning of the muscles and in reduction of the cramps. You also need to increase total fluid (water) intake and to take plenty of ORS (oral rehydration solution) to replenish the lost fluids and salts. Take paracetamol or acetaminophen when needed. Aleve or Motrin only comes in the next step.

Let me know if I could help further.

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What Does Pain In The Rib Cage Indicate?

Brief Answer: Could be due to an electrolyte imbalance Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic. I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concerns. It seems that either you have somehow you have developed an electrolyte imbalance, or you are suffering from a simple viral infection. I would insist you to take juicy fruits like citrus fruits. They contain plenty of potassium which should help in proper functioning of the muscles and in reduction of the cramps. You also need to increase total fluid (water) intake and to take plenty of ORS (oral rehydration solution) to replenish the lost fluids and salts. Take paracetamol or acetaminophen when needed. Aleve or Motrin only comes in the next step. Let me know if I could help further. Regards