• Herb Herb
    May 22, 2008
    Back pain under the rib cage
    Herb Herb
    May 22, 2008

    I have pain just under my rib cage and around to my back. It feels like I have strained myself, but I haven't been doing anything. I've had this pain for two weeks. I feel great while lying down, but when I get up from lying down or sitting, the pain comes back. Do I need to go to a doctor?



  • Elizabeth Roberts
    Health Guide
    May 23, 2008
    Elizabeth Roberts
    Health Guide
    May 23, 2008


     It's possible you've pulled a muscle. As we get older it's not such a hard thing to do, I've heard of people pulling muscles while straining on the toilet. If the pain gets worse rather than better over the next day or two then I would recommend seeing your doctor. But, if it begins to improve then it is probably a pulled muscle and can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks to fully heal. If it is a pulled muscle then you need to take care not to strain it again.

     I once pulled a muscle in my back from a simple sneeze. It took a good 3 weeks before it felt back to normal. I've also heard that a common way people strain muscles is putting their socks on in the morning - muscles are cold and more easily strained without hard-core activity.

    If it is a strain, then applying an ice pack for about 20 mins. every 4-6 hours should help reduce any inflammation.

    Here are some links that might be helpful to you right now:

    Disc Herniation: What is It?

    Let's Talk Pain Meds

    Hope you feel better soon.




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