Pain In Lower Rib Cage When I Breathe

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Why do I feel pain in my left shoulder and rib cage when I breathe in?
    When I inhale, there's a sharp pain in the lower part of my shoulder and the bottom part of my left rib cage. It doesn't hurt when I touch my shoulder or anything and I've been having this pain since last night.

    • ANSWER:
      Tight back muscles are being pinched to cause your pains. When you in hale the ribs are expanding out into the muscles to cause the pain in the rib cage area. The tight muscles are causing the pain in the shoulder area as they get stretched from the inhale. Freeing up your back muscles releases the tight muscles causing the pains and here's how to free them up:
      Back:
      (do while sitting on a chair)
      Place your left hand on your left leg next to your body. Place your right hand over your left shoulder, fingers over the back and the palm in the front, and firmly pull down on them and hold. After 30 seconds slowly lower your body forward and to the outside of your left leg, keeping your left arm as straight as possible. When you reach your lap remain there for another 10 seconds, then release the pressure but rest there for another 30 seconds. Then reverse your hand positions and do your right side.
      For best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed.

  2. QUESTION:
    Occasional pain on lower right side of back and right rib cage?
    I've been hyperventilating quite abit lately (seems the more I think about breathing the more I hyperventilate) and a couple of times where I've tried to take deep breaths I have felt this shooting stabbing pain on the lower right side of my back and under my rib cage. It doesn't happen all the time but the two times that it has happened it has worried me & for the last week or so the area has been quite sore. Help! Any ideas what this can be?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree, see a doctor, but also maybe see a massage therapist. Your seratus anterior helps with inhalation along with some other muscles between your ribs in your rib cage. the stabbing pain could be one of your intercostal muscles getting pinched. the tightening of the muscles could be getting tense from stress or allergens in the air, or a combination of both.

      if you don't want to pay -60 to go see a massage therapist, try raking your fingers along the contours of your rib cage.

      this video may help http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_XeW2EUZwY

  3. QUESTION:
    Why does my lower rib cage hurt on both sides?
    My lower rib cage hurts realllyy bad sometimes. It happens very randomly. I'm only 14, i dont smoke, i havent had a cold and i havent been sick. The pain goes away mostly when i lay down flat on my back. I just dont know why and its very excruciating pain. it hurts to breathe or even sit up. Please help.. Also, I havent been hurt in the ribs at all. No one has kicked me and i havent fallin on them or anything. Thank you.
    Ohh, and it only happens about once or twice a week. It'll hurt for about 30ish minutes and then i'll be fine after that. Weird right?

    • ANSWER:
      Does it hurt to laugh? That happened to me, the same exact place hurt and it hurt to laugh, stretch, and sometimes even talk. I went to the doctors and they said I might have stretched or fractured my rib. Your case could be different so just go to the doctor. :)

  4. QUESTION:
    Pregnancy pains in rib cage when I breathe?
    I am 23 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child. When I breathe in, both sides of my lower rib cage hurt in the front and back. Has anyone ever experience this or know what it is before I call?

    • ANSWER:
      It is normal. The baby is growing and all in your lungs so it puts a lot of pressure on your bladder and your lungs as the baby gets bigger it will get worse but it's normal. I'm not a doctor or anything so still ask if you feel worried but I'm almost 100% sure


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