Credit: iStock.com/Zinkevych Have you ever experienced rib pain? Rib cage pain is a common issue that can result from a variety of factors. Pulmonary and digestive issues, heart problems, and even lung cancer are all potential causes of rib pain. Possible symptoms of rib pain include a sudden and constant, dull or sharp aching pain that may be intermittent and slow to develop. Rib pain becomes worse when moving or breathing. Other symptoms include tenderness, bruising, and difficulty breathing. This article will explain rib pain in detail, including lower rib pain and pain under the left rib cage or the right rib cage specifically. In This Article: Common Causes of Rib Pain Pain Specifically Under Left or Right Rib Cage Rib Pain Can Be Minor or Serious Many cases of rib pain are not serious and resolve with either no or minimal treatment. Other times, rib pain is thought to be a medical emergency that requires immediate attention. One of the most common causes of rib cage … [Read more...] about What Are the Causes of Rib Pain?
Credit: iStock.com/DeanDrobot Pain under the left rib after eating may be a very familiar and intensely frustrating scenario for you. Perhaps you’ve just finished a delicious meal, when dark clouds appear on the horizon in the form of searing pain underneath your left rib cage. While there are many potential causes, such as broken ribs or symptoms of a stroke specifically, there are many gastrointestinal reasons why this might be occurring, including acid reflux (heartburn), indigestion, an ulcer, allergic reaction, or even gastritis. It’s important to understand why this condition occurs in certain people in order to treat it effectively. With the right series of changes to one’s lifestyle, pain under the left rib after eating can become a distant memory. In This Article: What Causes Pain under the Left Rib Cage after Eating? Lifestyle Changes for Pain under the Left Rib Cage after Eating When to Seek Medical Help 1. Acid Reflux (Heartburn) Acid … [Read more...] about What Causes Pain under the Left Rib after Eating?
Credit: iStock.com/stevanovicigor It’s hard to tell exactly what causes costochondritis because it’s typically diagnosed by ruling out other, more serious conditions. Any type of chest wall pain needs to be taken seriously, and a hospital visit is always recommended. If heart disease and a heart attack are ruled out, it’s highly likely that the sternum pain will result in a costochondritis diagnosis. It is considered a temporary pain in the upper chest. And although it’s uncomfortable, it’s not a major cause for concern. Costochondritis is marked by rib cage pain and sternum pain as a result of chest wall inflammation. It brings a lot of people to the doctor’s office or emergency room, thinking that they’re suffering a heart attack when, in fact, it’s just inflamed joints between the rib cage and chest wall. So, what is costochondritis and what does it mean for overall health? For the most part, nothing. It is a harmless condition … [Read more...] about What Causes Costochondritis? Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Credit: iStock.com/AndreyPopov Trauma, inflammation, or abnormal growths may lead to neck pain on the left side. The human neck is formed of muscles, ligaments, nerves, and tissue supported by the vertebrae (the 33 bones that form the spinal column). As the spinal column runs from the lower back to the base of the skull, the health of the cervical spine is crucial for the mobility and stability of the head. Improper posture and underlying medical conditions may cause the mild to severe pain on the left side of the neck. Treatment may range from rest and exercise to physical therapy and surgery, depending on the cause of the neck pain. Neck pain on the left side may be accompanied by weakness or numbness in the neck, shoulder, or arm. The complex structure of the neck allows us to move the head backward, forward, and from side to side. Daily activities such as standing or sitting posture and movement may cause temporary or permanent nerve or muscle damage. Being aware of the … [Read more...] about 11 Causes Linked to Neck Pain on the Left Side
Credit: iStock.com/Astrid860 Muscle cramps and aches often accompany the rigors of life, and are rarely a cause for concern. Yet, hand cramps, especially finger cramps, can be a sign of health issues such as dehydration, nerve damage, or even pregnancy. Knowing how to get rid of hand cramps is half the battle, and a variety of herbal teas, essential oils, and other home remedies could help treat the problem. By definition, cramps in hands are an involuntary, painful muscle contraction. This article will explore everything you need to know about hand cramps, including the causes, symptoms, and medical conditions associated with muscle cramps. We will also delve into natural hand cramps treatment, as well as how to prevent hand spasms. Do you ask yourself, “Why do my hands cramp up?” There are several factors that could cause your arm, hand, or finger muscles to contract excessively. Let’s take a look at the most common root causes of muscle cramps in hands: 1. … [Read more...] about Hand Cramps: Causes and Home Remedies
Credit: iStock.com/SStajic Many essential oils are multi-purpose in nature, offering several useful health benefits at once. One of the most popular forms of aromatherapy uses essential oils for sore muscles and pain relief. Essential oils like peppermint, juniper, and sandalwood all have active compounds that could help ease sore muscles and keep some chronic pains at bay, including fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and even migraines. But with so many essential oils for sore muscles available, you may be unsure of which oils to use and how to use them. In this article: Why Would You Use Essential Oils for Muscle Pain? Best Essential Oils for Sore Muscle Relief Plenty of Choices of Oils for Your Sore Muscle Needs So, why would you use essential oils for muscle soreness? What advantages might essential oils have over medicinal painkillers? Essential oils are the aromatic liquids extracted from plants through steam distillation or mechanical pressure. The fluid … [Read more...] about Best Essential Oils for Sore Muscles and How to Use Them
Credit: iStock.com/mheim3011 Calf pain can vary from mild numbness and tingling to excruciating pain that impairs your ability to walk. This discomfort can be felt anywhere between the knee and the ankle along the backside of the lower leg. Here you will find the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles as well as tendons, blood vessels, and ligaments. Calf muscle pain is commonly known as a “Charley Horse” episode when there is no trauma involved, but calf pain can be caused by damage to the nerves or direct injury to the lower leg. Calf muscle strain can also be felt as a burning sensation or as a prickling feeling, called paresthesia. Serious health conditions such as deep vein thrombosis can present this form of pain, and, left untreated, can lead to a stroke or heart attack. We will look at the various causes and possible home remedies for calf muscle pain for you to try in the privacy of your own home. The calf of the leg holds blood vessels, nerves, tendons, … [Read more...] about Calf Pain: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Tips
Credit: iStock.com/Marc Bruxelle Inner thigh pain can be the indicator of an underlying health condition such as kidney stones, tearing of muscle tissue, a hernia, or even a form of arthritis. Pain in the inner thigh may radiate anywhere between the groin area and the knee. It may present as a groin strain, a dull ache, or a stabbing, sharp pain along the thigh region. Identifying the cause is the first step in knowing how to relieve inner thigh pain. The type and intensity of the inner thigh pain can vary even among individuals with a similar diagnosis. It may last for a few brief moments, or a constant dull or sharp ache may worsen with movement or while at rest. These details are important in narrowing down the cause. In this article: What Causes Pain in Inner Thigh? How to Treat Pain in Inner Thigh? Pain in Inner Thigh Prevention Tips Inner thigh pain causes are often linked to muscle issues from strains, compression, abnormalities within the bone and joint … [Read more...] about Inner Thigh Pain: Possible Causes and Treatments
Credit: iStock.com/Jodi Jacobson Whether you’re waiting for knee replacement surgery or have already undergone the procedure, you’ve likely experienced a great deal of pain. Not only that, the diminished quality of life can be worse than the pain itself! The sitting and waiting, and the inescapable feeling that life is passing you by can be almost maddening. Postoperative pain can even hang around for six months to a year. But, recovery is a necessary evil. In this article: Knee Replacement Recovery: What to Expect The Benefits of Pre-Op Pain Management Knee Replacement: Post-Op Tips I’m sure your doctor outlined the recovery procedure clearly for you. It involves plenty of ice, inactivity, and painkillers, especially for the first couple of weeks. Physiotherapy likely commences a few weeks following the surgery date. Following the instructions and making sure you do the exercises are essential to a full recovery. Strengthening the area is the only way … [Read more...] about Knee Replacement? Try These Helpful Tips to Control the Pain
Credit: iStock.com/jacoblund One of the risks of exercising is experiencing shin splints, or medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS). Avoid this painful condition with proper shin splint stretches, and by performing exercises for shin splints before and after your workout regime. The lower leg takes on the weight of your body as you walk, run, and jump. Prevention is key in avoiding damage to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the leg. Learn stretches for shin splints in the treatment and prevention of this agonizing compliant. Shin splints is the common name for pain in the anterior of the lower leg caused by inflamed tissue, tendons, and muscle of the tibia. The tibia is the larger bone of the two that connect the knee to the ankle. The tibia runs along the inside of the leg, or the medial. The other lower leg bone is the fibula, which runs on the outside (lateral side) of the leg. These two bones and their connecting parts work together to allow the skeletal system to move. But … [Read more...] about Shin Splint Stretches: Exercises and Yoga Poses