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post #1 of 11
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I either strained a muscle or my chest muscles are inflamed again. Nothing new I have does this before 1 time even went to the hospital because I thought it was a heart attack. This happened last night around 8pm and I still hurt. All this hurting just because I wanted to stretch last night. I guess it was to big of a stretch because within 2 mins the muscles started to hurt. I'll be happy in a day or 2 when the pain stops.
post #2 of 11
Ouch!! Sending pain free vibes your way That doesn't sound nice!
post #3 of 11
I suffer with the same sort of thing quite regularly. Last time I pulled a muscle in my back, it hurt more whenever I breathed in. It felt like a crushing sensation in my chest. Went to A&E first time it happened, and they sent me home with very strong painkillers.

Second time it happened, went to my doctors..got told I had a pulled back muscle, and that it would affect my breathing again. Saw another doctor after a day or so, as I was still in agony, for her to tell me that I also had a virus in my chest, as well as agonising back pain

Was off work for 1 week to recover from that, and had my kitty kat Arwen trying to curl up on me most of the time, I felt bad having to try and pick her up off me every five minutes without hurting myself! I know she was only trying to make me feel better But having a cat trying to lay across your back or stomach when your trying to get comfortable and pain free isn't nice!
post #4 of 11
ouch indeed!
post #5 of 11
We hope you start feeling better soon
Many healing For your muscles!
post #6 of 11
The last time I thought I had pulled a muscle in my chest I found out that I had pneumonia and plurisy which exacerbated into a collapsed lung and fluid around the lung 24 hours later.
post #7 of 11
I had the same thing happen to me.Only mine turned out to be costochondritis.I am on Tylenol 3's for the pain.Which do little to help ease it. I also thought I was having a heart attack.
Here are some healing coming your way!
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I had the same thing happen to me.Only mine turned out to be costochondritis.I am on Tylenol 3's for the pain.Which do little to help ease it. I also thought I was having a heart attack.
Here are some healing coming your way!
Thats what happened the first two times it was costocondritis. I did not even know you had joints in your chest until I was told about that. This was not that I think it was just a strained muscle from that stretch. When I had the costocondritis flares they gave me dervasets or something like that. I have not had a flare of that in like a year (thank gosh because that is painful and scary).

For those who don't know what costocondritis is here is a link:
http://www.heart2hearts.co.uk/costocondritis.html
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Thats what happened the first two times it was costocondritis. I did not even know you had joints in your chest until I was told about that. This was not that I think it was just a strained muscle from that stretch. When I had the costocondritis flares they gave me dervasets or something like that. I have not had a flare of that in like a year (thank gosh because that is painful and scary).

For those who don't know what costocondritis is here is a link:
http://www.heart2hearts.co.uk/costocondritis.html
I didn't know about it either.I sat there looking at my Dr. like he had lost his mind.
Yes, it hurts like you know what.I wouldn't even wish this pain on my ex-husband. I can only hope that this is my ONLY flare up
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I didn't know about it either.I sat there looking at my Dr. like he had lost his mind.
Yes, it hurts like you know what.I wouldn't even wish this pain on my ex-husband. I can only hope that this is my ONLY flare up
So do I.

Healing for you too Ping!
post #11 of 11
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mine turned out to be costochondritis.I am on Tylenol 3's for the pain.Which do little to help ease it.

I've had a case of this since I developed pneumonia in the summer of 2004 and was in the hospital. Only mine is at my bra line towards my left side and not centre chest and affects 4 ribs. I can't even wear a bra because the pressure from the elastic causes so much pain that I cry. I can't sleep on my left side either, or take in deep breaths. The acts of coughing, sneezing, hiccoughing or even burping causes me such pain sometimes that I cry from the pain.

Tylenol #3 and Ibruprophen barely even touch the pain.

At first the doctor thought I had a broken rib that wasn't showing up on the xray. Months later it was still there and so severe that if you so much as touched the area with your figure I would have slapped you silly!

Each time I was at the doctor and he poked around I tensed up and started to cry

He tried giving me a shot (not cortisone), to numb the area, but all that did was numb the skin but the pain was still there.

A year ago I finally got into a pain clinic and the doctor there did a whole bunch of blood work. One of the things she tested for was my Vitamin D level. Vitamin D is acquired from the Sun or from certain types of foods such as fatty fish like Salmon. Vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium into your bones. Altertered levels can also cause horrendous amounts of bone pain and even cause depression.

I don't sit in the sun and don't take in enough Vitamin type foods, so as a result my Vitamin D levels were nearly depleted. She figures the reason I broke my foot a couple of years ago when I fainted was a result of my low Vitamin D levels and the fact that my bones had become brittle because of the lack of calcium they were getting (no Vitamin D means your bones don't absorb the calcium).

I was put on extremely high doses of Vitamin D, twice a week for 6 months, and after being on it for a couple months I started to notice a reduction in the pain I was having in my bones. Not only in the rib area, but all over. For months and months I was waking up every 1 to 2 hours with such intense bone pain that I wished I was dead sometimes.

I am now required to take a daily dose of Vitamin D to maintain the levels.

I still have pain in my left side, but I don't go through the roof when I burp or cough and some days I don't even need to take anything for that particular pain.
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