- It sounds like muscle spasm is the cause of your symptoms.
Muscle spasm alone can cause this pain which can be an unidentified cause but in many cases is the result of a body reaction to injury in tissues like Flu, inappropriate posture for long time like traveling, driving and certain types of work that results in muscle fatigue.
Self care and avoiding the precipitating cause will lead to a gradual but clear improvement in the pain. Home treatment includes the use of Analgesics, cold or hot therapy. Rest for maximum two days is also beneficial.
Other causes should be excluded like:
- Pleurisy is an inflammation of the pleura, which is a double-layered membrane covers the lungs separating it from the rib cage. Viral infections like flu, are the most common cause of Pleurisy. The pain is felt as sharp pain which get worse by Coughing, sneezing, moving and deep breathing. auscultation of the chest shows a characteristic sound known as pleural rub.
- Other chest causes and Cardiac causes, should be excluded in any case of Chest pain.
Direct clinical examination is essential, I advise you to follow with your doctor.
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This answer does not substitute for direct medical consultation.
Dr. Safaa Mahmoud.
MB BCh, MSc Internal Medicine. MD Medical Oncology.
PhD Experimental Medicine and Biochemical Science.