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Does anyone experience pain in your chest?

My ribs stay sore all the time.

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  • Janet Plank moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi SandyS,
    Rib cramping seems to be more common that anyone has realized. As Edi said, a warm compress helps. It does.
    I treat mine like the muscle spasms that I get in my back and other areas. I also use a heating pad. I find laying flat aggravates mine, because I have an adjustable bed, I am able to raise the head somewhat which makes a difference too. If the heat doesn’t work alone, you might want to try a wedge pillow as well.
    When coughing, put a pillow in front of your abdomen to protect the abdominal muscles and rib areas, that can help to prevent muscle pulling and tears, rib fractures, spasms and more.
    I hope you have a feel better day.
    Janet (site moderator)

  • Edi Mesa
    2 years ago

    So I have the same issue and my doctor doesn’t really help with it. Apparently it’s very common among people with breathing difficulties. What I’ve done to alleviate the pain is placing a warm towel over my ribs.I think this helps the swelling caused my our lungs hitting against our ribs. I’m not a doctor so maybe talk to your doctor about placing a warm towel.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi SandyS and thanks for your post. Others in our community have, in fact, spoken of various pains in the rib and chest area. I thought you might find it helpful to look over the articles that summarize their comments which we have published on this very popular topic. First, this article from March 2016 on rib cramping: And next, this article from September 2017 on relief for rib cramps:
    I hope this provides you with a bit more insight to your concerns.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Noel.Martin
    2 years ago

    Hi SandyS, This is a great question and I know many of our community members experience this as well . I thought I would share some articles with you that you may find interesting:
    I hope these are helpful to you. Please reach out to us anytime. Warmly, Noel ( Team)

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