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Cramping in lung cage area

I submitted a story before about realizing that I wasn’t the only one experiencing cramping under my rib cage. I have been studying the subject and found that magnesium and calcium may help. Excerpt: “Magnesium is involved in the production of protein, blood clotting, and muscle contractions. Magnesium helps the muscles work. Magnesium also works with calcium to regulate the activity of the lungs. Magnesium has an antihistamine effect, which can help a COPD patient to breathe. Low levels of magnesium weaken breathing muscles, so COPD patients should consume foods that are rich in magnesium to meet dietary recommendations. Magnesium can be found in high quantities in foods like cruciferous vegetables, beans, nuts, and whole grains.”
Hope this helps.

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  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing this, Bdoggett! Magnesium really does help some of our members manage their rib cramps. Others have not found it as effective, but I think that’s pretty par for the course for any treatment; for some people it works and for others, not so much. But, it’s a good reminder that sometimes the simple solutions (getting more magnesium in one’s diet) can make a big difference. Thank you again for sharing with our community! We’re glad to have you here! Best, Erin, Team Member.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi BDoggett and thanks so much for your post and referenced material. I think that all our community members who read this will have a much better understanding of rib cramps, now.
    All the best, Leon (site moderator)

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