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Pulled muscle or something else?

Hi there,

For a few weeks I have been having this gnawing pain under by left rib.  Thinking about it, about a week before this pain started I did some heavy lifting for an extensive period of time which I am ordinarily not accustomed to.(So a week later the pain starts basically)  Pressing on the lower part of the rib hurts, deep breaths are uncomfortable, (but manageable).  Tying my shoe is a chore; abrupt twisting to the right is no fun & forget about doing any sit-ups.  No other symptoms to speak of.  Of course the hypochondriac in me fears spleen issues, but is it possible it could be a pulled muscle, broken rib perhaps?  There was no trauma.  I am a 40-year old male
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Hi there!

Well, without a clinical evaluation it would be difficult to determine the cause of your symptoms. Possibilities that may need to be considered include muscle sprain/ pull, injuries to muscles/ tendons/ ligaments, fractures dislocations, infections/ inflammations involving the chest wall/ respiratory tract etc. I would suggest getting this evaluated by a primary care physician initially and depending on the cause diagnosed/ suspected, it can be managed accordingly or specialist care may be sought.
Hope this is helpful.

Take care!
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