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I get a cramp on my right side under my rib from time to time

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I get a cramp on my right side under my rib from time to time due to exercise. I know this is normal but should it be tender if I touch while just standing/sitting? It's not painful if I touch it but I can tell it's more tender versus my left side. Thoughts?
This is nothing to worry about.
In an otherwise healthy young woman like yourself this probably just represents a minor strain of a muscle or a touch of costochondritis. It is not unusual to feel a bit different on the affected side, just like you are experiencing.
If needed you can take some tylenol. Soaking in a hot tub will also help.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Hi and thanks for the quick reply. Well, about a month ago I had this same pain but I would just be walking.. not even doing anything vigorous. I am very active, working out 5 times a week usually, so for the pain/ uncomfortableness to occur just while simply walking was strange. This went on and off for about two weeks and has now subsided. I got the cramp again recently from running and now I can tell it's tender. Is there something I should be doing to make sure I don't make it worse or more uncomfortable in the future? Thank you.
That is a very good question. From what you have posted, it might be form a problem with your gait....if your shoes are older, one thing you might consider is getting new ones.
Also, it is possible that you are not hydrated enough; I would suggest drinking Gatorade or something like it to keep your electrolytes balanced.
Since this pain is so intermittent it is going to be difficult to come up with a specific treatment....but the good news is that in 99.9 of cases there is nothing to worry about. :)
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Thanks again for the help. So, even though 99.9 of the cases are nothing to worry about, when would you suggest I go to the doctor? If the pain gets worse I'm guessing or if it persists for a certain period of time? (i.e. a month?) That's my last question.. :) Thanks!
Yes. That is correct. If the pain gets worse, occurs more often or, of course, if you are more concerned.
The chances are, however, that everything will be OK.
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