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Rib pain on waking up, breathing in and moving, no abnormal breathing. Causes?

im 18 and a problem is that my ribs hurt in the morning when i wake up, the pain stays for sometime, until i sit down and take really deep breaths and usually taking deep breathes (and moving) also hurts, but it calms the pain. It feels like they got over lapped or something while sleeping. i have no past medical history or anything and i know im overweight (95 kg) but i dont think this has anything to do with that, bcoz im pretty active, and i can run and jump around for a long time, with no abnormal breathing problems.
Wed, 28 Aug 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
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The pains that you have described are likely to be due to a muscular pain most likely caused by spasm. Taking mild pain killers and muscle relaxants will bring a short term relief. Regular stretching exercise will be helpful.
you can do a hot fomentation and apply a local analgesic gel on the area to relieve the spasm.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. K. Naga Ravi Prasad's  Response
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

Based on the description of symptoms, I suspect that you could be suffering from Costochondritis. This condition can get aggravated by any activity that involves stressing the structures of the front of the chest (as sleeping in prone position).

Rest, anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy are the therapeutic options. Local application of Ice packs once in 2 hours will alleviate the pain.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
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