gijokah wrote:I have been experiencing a new short pain just at my lower right rib cage (right at the inside corner – near the sternum) while playing intense racquetball. It feels like a pulled muscle or sharp cramp. It happens only occasionally, but it’s right when I make a strong stroke to hit the ball (as I swing the racquet). During a two-hour session, it might happen two or three times. I play once a week and it started happening 3-4 weeks ago. I am a 52-yo male but otherwise in good health – not obese or smoker or anything – although I have had acid reflux for many years. When the pain happens, it feels like some kind of weird rib cramp or sprain or something popping out of place. Although I’ve never had a hernia to know what it feels like, I suspect it. The pain is so bad that I have to stop play and hold the spot until it kinda goes back in place – only a few seconds. There is no residual pain, although I can kind of feel it right now as I push in on that spot. (Again, the spot is right on/under the lower inside corner of my right rib cage.) I’ve been researching hernias and can’t find anything that I understand to fit my symptoms exactly. But I read that bad coughing can cause hernias, and I had a very bad flu a couple of months ago and coughed so hard I thought I would die. Someone also told me that coughing can crack ribs and/or cause a dislocated rib. I kinda hope it’s the rib thing because I heard that hernias never heal on their own (even if I stopped all sports for a while). But I’ve heard cracked ribs are very painful, and I’ve had no chronic pain. I started back playing racquetball about 5 years ago and have went through several reoccurring pains that had me worried, but playing though revealed that they were only minor weak points that needed strengthening – I hoping this is only another one of those. Please advise. Thanks.
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