Rib Pain?

Hey, I had a quick look to see if anyone had posted something similar and I couldn't find it.

I'm just about to start W4, and I still find that I get rib pain only on my right side everytime I run/walk. It even happens during the day walking my normal routines. I did a google and it suggested I wasn't stretching so I stretch more to help relive my rib yet it still hurts, thankfully after 10mins it calms down and doesn't tend to hurt until the next walk/run.

Can anyone offer any advice or is it something to learn to live with?

Thanks :)

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  • Hey hun

    I have had awful problems with something similar, again the right-hand side. I thought it was a stitch for ages until it got really bad and I went to the doctor and he said I had pulled a muscle on a floating rib. If you are new to running/exercising regularly you are breathing a lot more heavily and making your ribcage work a lot harder so he said it wasn't unusual.

    He told me that I could take ibuprofen and continue running without worrying about seriously damaging myself but I found it too painful. I tried taking two rest days between each run and it improved for a while but then came back with a vengence. I just took a week off and tried again this morning and although I completed the run I was in pain from about 5 mins in so I am going back to the doctor to see what they say.

    Might be worth a trip to the GP to let them prod you and get their opinion? If it's anything like mine it's too painful to ignore and it will stop you running!!

  • PS he also said don't overstretch it, especially before you run when your muscles are cold.

  • I have arthritis in my ribcage, and when I first started my ribs hurt. I'm on week 5 and it seems to be getting better with each run, doesn't hurt so much afterwards.

    Probably best to get it checked out by your doctor if you're worried.

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