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Can heavy lifting hurt your ribs. I am a 60 year old woman.

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Customer: can heavy lifting hurt your ribs. I am a 60 year old woman. I have been decluttering my whole house in hopes of downsizing and recently have gone through a lot of large heavy books. My name is ***** *****. The center front of my left rib cage hurts. I had difficulty sleeping last night. I am a llittle better as today goes on but if I press on the area to test it, there is considerable pain.
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Customer: Laying in bed last night I tried to be as flat as possible. The area that hurt seemed a little raised up.
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 11 months ago.

Hi there,

This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.

I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

Yes it can hurt your ribs.

You likely pulled the ribcage muscle from lifting.

You can try over the counter ibuprofen and heating pad.

That can result in pain during breathing

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