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Rib pain

Hey y’all.

So those of you who know I am a hypochondriac.. so it is very hard for me to distinguish when something is wrong physically or if it’s just mental. Well about three days ago I started having this pain under my right rib cage. But now it is just a tenderness in my rib cage towards my back. It only hurts when I press it. Sometimes it’s a light ache.. but I don’t feel it when I breath.. I was told about 3 years ago that my gallbladder didn’t function. But the doc was questionable.. and i just moved in because they love surgery and always suggest it first without trying to let you fix it first. But please help..

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There are a lot of muscles between and around each rib, as well as tendons that attach the muscles to ribs, and each rib has joints where they attach to either the spine and or the breastbone. So it isn't uncommon to pull a little muscle a bit, have some aching for a few days, and then have it resolve. So you are probably fine, just a bit if muscle ache like a bruise. If it gets worse then it would be worth seeing a GP, but if it isn't getting worse and is getting better, it will be one of those things that we have no idea how or why it started.

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Ohkay. See it would help if I knew what was where in my body. Haha but google just scares you. Thank you so much for this!

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A McTimony chiropractor demonstrated to me a long time ago that shortened muscle pulling on bone will cause tenderness. Lengthening out the shortened muscle will remove the tenderness.

You say: "..I am a hypochondriac". This does not mean that you do not have physical issues nor does it mean that a physical problem does not exist. There is a symptom threshold below which a medical consultant will not find anything. A medical consultant does not consider posture and faulty movement issues. Medical consultants are in the whole unaware of much fascia contributes to the issues of feelings of bad health. First international conference on fascia was in 2005 at Harvard Medical School.

Medical consultants have very little systems training if at all. Thus they have no knowledge of how a slight injury can push a human body engineering system to its stress breakdown point.

Worth investigating McTimony chiropractic and Alexander technique lessons.

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Wow, thank you for this! I’ll look and see if I can find it on YouTube!

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Little update, last night my side was very tender.. so I felt it and it is really swollen. You can’t see it but you can feel it.. and it is so tender. Is there an organ or something on your actual side? Like not my abdomen my actual side just under my rib cage. Then i have pain in my back too.. has anyone else ever experienced this?

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Is it like an ache like period pains but worse?

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No, it’s like a soreness. Like really tender but really only when you press it or if I bend sodeways

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You’ve probably just pulled a muscle in your sleep or something. Put a hot water bottle on it or go doctors if it carry’s on past a week.

How painful is it? X

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Ohkay. And it’s actually not that bad unless I press it then it’s like a 5. But my back is hurting too so maybe it is a pulled muscle.. but I was just worried because it’s like a lump I can feel. Maybe it’s just swollen. I’m such a worrier.

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If your really worried then just give the doctors a call , with pain like that it probably is a pulled muscle . You can buy ibruprofen gel and that helps swelling and it’s soothing maybe give that a go or like a hot water bottle on the area x

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Awesome I’ll try a heating pad maybe? Thank you so much!

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Yeah that’s a good idea :) that’s ok let us know how you get on x

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How you feeling now x

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A lot better today actually. I’ve been painting my house, trying to keep myself busy. It hasn’t bothered me until I lay down to sleep and I’m thinking a out it. But it is not swollen anymore. Heating pad really helped. I am thinking I just pulled a muscle.

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That’s great news it’s feeling better :) just don’t over do the house work or anything , keep putting it on it especially at night for a few more days hopefully it will go fully for you soon x

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I dunno. If you have internal swelling, I'd see a doctor anyway, just in case. If it's your right side, it could be your gall bladder. My first symptoms of gall bladder disease were just like you're describing (I didn't know what they were, tho, so I just figured I'd pulled a muscle). A year later I had to have my gall-bladder removed on an emergency basis, as within 9 hours I went from fine to nausea, horrendous pain, and then problems breathing properly (it was so swollen that it was keeping my lung from inflating properly). It turned out that it was so infected that it would have burst within a day or two. The chances of you having anything like this are tiny, but it's worth checking. Maybe give it another day or two, and if it doesn't get better, see a doc?

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That is what I was scared of. Like i mentioned, a few years ago I was told my gallbladder wSnt functioning all the way. But my doc was a hillbilly that I went to school with and I didn’t feel confident in his diagnosis. Then i had an ultra sound just a few months ago because my bowls were messing up so I thought that could be inflamed or something and they checked all that and said no stones and it was y inflamed.. but maybe I’ll go again if if doesn’t stop. Thank you!

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Try to keep calm, even though this scary! I get it! I'm currently freaking out a bit because I have a weird rash and nerve pain and my friend (who is a newly-minted medic, working at the local hospital) thinks it's shingles. But worrying about it doesn't help (easy to say, I know.)

It'll only get really bad if you leave it, so keeping an eye on it means you're doing the right thing. But yeah, especially given that there's prior gallbladdery stuff in your history, getting it checked is a good idea. Good luck!

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Thank you!! And rash and nerve pain where if I might ask? I do know shingles usually starts around your belly. And normally you get them if you have had chicken pocs supposedly.

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My partner just had shingles and it started actually on the eye ball.

Dr's didn't notice at first so prescribed eye drops, within a day he was back at the hospital and they put him onto antivirals.

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Can't edit my response.

You can't catch shingles, it's only if you've had chickenpox that you can develop shingles.

If someone hasn't had chickenpox they can catch chickenpox from someone with an active shingles virus.

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If it's not getting better in a few days as a muscle strain would, it's best see a doctor in case there's an issue with your liver.

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It sounds more like a muscle strain which is easily done.

As said above, if it's not improved after a couple days have a check with your GP. Best it's check and they confirm it's nothing to worry about than you leave it and it be something serious.

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