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intercostal muscle cramping following acute exacerbation of asthma
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intercostal muscle cramping following acute exacerbation of asthma

I have had an acute exacerbation of asthma lasting 5 weeks now.  Sputum cultures and chest xrays were both negative.  I'm taking many asthma meds which in the past have controlled the asthma but no longer seem to be doing the job.  Lately I've been having muscle spasms in my back and intercostal regions.  The muscles knot up like ropes and I can't stretch out the muscles the way I would if it were in my legs.  My NP suggested that I'm just dehydrated and to drink more H20 and/or gator aid, to replace electrolytes.  Though I'm doing that, the spasms continue.  The coughing is improving slightly  but causes pain under my ribs and the muscles feel like they are tearing.  Is it possible to herniate a muscle from coughing or does it just feel like that somehow?  How do I stop the muscle spasms?


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