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Hello , I got up this morning and the left side if my ribs

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Hello , I got up this morning and the left side if my ribs were burning and tight, could this be a pulled muscle I have copd and condochroditis

RickMD :

I am online and happy to help you with your question today.

RickMD :

Do you have any other symptoms, such as a change in your ability to breath?

Customer:

no

RickMD :

Does the sensation change with breathing, movement etc?

Customer:

breathing no but movement yes

RickMD :

Yes, it might be a pulled muscle from sleeping funny if you are not having any other symptoms.

Customer:

what other things should I look for that might suggest something else , this doesn't sound like a heart issue does it?

RickMD :

it could also be an increase in your costochondritis.

Customer:

did you see my reply

RickMD :

No. Not from what you have posted.

RickMD :

yes

RickMD :

Actually....only the one where you asked if it could be a heart issue....other ones may not have come through

Customer:

what can I try to releave this, my sister felt my rib area and said it was really tight, she was a nurse, okay so that I understand ...this could be a heart issue?

RickMD :

No. I do not think it is a heart issue. I would suggest using a heat pad and trying some tylenol.

Customer:

okay , thank you

Customer:

would it be okay to use Ice in this area

RickMD :

If it is not better tomorrow, have your MD check it out......but, I do believe that you will be OK in the long run

RickMD :

Yes. If would be OK.

Customer:

thank you

RickMD :

my pleasure Connie

RickMD :

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