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I get a cramp on my right side under my rib...

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7 May 2013

I get a cramp on my right side under my rib from time to time due to exercise. I know this is normal but should it be tender if I touch while just standing/sitting? It's not painful if I touch it but I can tell it's more tender versus my left side. Thoughts?
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7 May 2013

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7 May 2013
Dr. Rick, MD
Dr. Rick, MD
Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist
This is nothing to worry about. In an otherwise healthy young woman like yourself this probably just represents a minor strain of a muscle or a touch of costochondritis. It is not unusual to feel a bit different on the affected side, just like you are experiencing. If needed you can take some tylenol. Soaking in a hot tub will also help. Is there anything else you would like to discuss at this point or have all your questions been answered to your satisfaction? I hope this information was helpful for you. But I do work for tips so I want to make sure you are happy with me before rating me. If you have another question on this or a related issue feel free to fire away. You may also receive an email survey after our chat, if you don’t feel that I have earned a “10” rating in all areas, please let me know what I can do to meet your expectations. Thanks in advance, Dr. Rick MD FACS
7 May 2013
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7 May 2013
Hi and thanks for the quick reply. Well, about a month ago I had this same pain but I would just be walking.. not even doing anything vigorous. I am very active, working out 5 times a week usually, so for the pain/ uncomfortableness to occur just while simply walking was strange. This went on and off for about two weeks and has now subsided. I got the cramp again recently from running and now I can tell it's tender. Is there something I should be doing to make sure I don't make it worse or more uncomfortable in the future? Thank you.
7 May 2013
Doctor's response
7 May 2013
Dr. Rick, MD
Dr. Rick, MD
Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist
That is a very good question. From what you have posted, it might be form a problem with your gait....if your shoes are older, one thing you might consider is getting new ones. Also, it is possible that you are not hydrated enough; I would suggest drinking Gatorade or something like it to keep your electrolytes balanced. Since this pain is so intermittent it is going to be difficult to come up with a specific treatment....but the good news is that in 99.9 of cases there is nothing to worry about. :) It's safe for you to press the positive feedback button now if you so desire. And, never fear, even after you press that button I don't go up in a puff of smoke -- I'll still be right here to continue helping you, but, as I do work for tips, I want to make sure you are happy before rating me.
7 May 2013
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7 May 2013
Thanks again for the help. So, even though 99.9 of the cases are nothing to worry about, when would you suggest I go to the doctor? If the pain gets worse I'm guessing or if it persists for a certain period of time? (i.e. a month?) That's my last question.. :) Thanks!
7 May 2013
Doctor's response
7 May 2013
Dr. Rick, MD
Dr. Rick, MD
Yes. That is correct. If the pain gets worse, occurs more often or, of course, if you are more concerned. The chances are, however, that everything will be OK. As a person who has given 72 positive ratings in the past I am sure you know how much fun the excellent feedback button is to push... :) Have a good day and let me know if there is anything else I can do to help you.
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Dr. Rick, MD
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