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it sounds to me that you might have pulled a muscle during your training and, on top of things, you may be coming down with a touch of the flu.
Not good news when you are in training, I know, but -- on the positive side -- I do not think there is anything serious going on.
I suggest you use a heating pad on the area, take some tylenol and try to tone down your training regime for the next 48 hours or so.
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OK so even if the pain mostly happens when I inhale deeply, nothing to worry about?
Best of luck in your upcoming triathlon. I was a triathelete during my undergraduate days so I know exactly what you are going through -- as I was 22, not 35, at the time :-)
As long as you are not having any other symptoms I would bet that you sprained or tore an intercostal muscle...and the only treatment for that is rest and time....
Does this make sense to you?
no real flu symptoms yet, although I haven't been getting enough sleep and have been traveling a lot
so maybe just need to rest up
the triathlon is sunday (and my goal is just to finish)
would you recommend just going easy (maybe swimming only) and keeping an eye on it?
Rest up and relax some. You should be able to compete Sunday as long as you take it easy. If have increasing pain, don't push too hard -- pull out and finish the next one.
Best of luck to you in your training. Have a good evening
Light swimming and easy biking should be OK. I'd hold off on the running for 48 hrs
OK thanks Dr.!