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Pain Near the Ribs


#1

I am getting a bit of pain near my rib. It seems like it is in the ligiments connecting my transverse abdominus to my ribs (is there such a thing?). I have gotten it on my right side and it went away after a few days. Now I have it on my left side. It seems to come after very intense deadlifting sessions. Anyone have anything similar happen to them? Any way to avoid it?


#2

I have had this happen to me when I wear my 13mm power belt a little too tight. It would put a TON of pressure on those lower ribs and cause me pain for the next few days. All I did was get a 10mm to pull in and everything is good. This is usually a problem for shorter lifters (I am 5’4’’ on a tall day). Not sure if this is exactly what is going on with you, but it may be something to think about.


#3

Along the same lines as Apostate, it IS very possible to “break” a rib without actually doing anything directly to it. Most of the time, this is the connective tissue between ribs that is damaged. Does it hurt to breathe?


#4

[quote]Cherrymennos wrote:
Along the same lines as Apostate, it IS very possible to “break” a rib without actually doing anything directly to it. Most of the time, this is the connective tissue between ribs that is damaged. Does it hurt to breathe? [/quote]

Yes it does hurt to breathe. That being said, I don’t think it is a broken rib cause the pain is not as severe as I would expect from something like that.


#5

Ive injured a rib doing a cable row with bad form. I didnt even feel it when I was doing the row, but I felt it a little when I did pull ups a couple of minutes later. It hurt a little bit when I would sleep on it and take a deep breath. About a month later I just bent over to tie my shoe and felt a little something crack and I broke it. The pain really wasn’t that bad, I didnt expect that I broke it until I got it x-rayed.