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    Anybody have experience with a torn/strained intercostal muscle?

    My diagnosis was done by a doctor.

    I think It's from deadlifting.

    The pain gradually became worse day by day because I made the mistake of continuing to lift hard... For like two weeks!

    The pain became unbearable.

    So I took 2 weeks off lifting.

    Made another stupid mistake; I thought that I was okay enough to lift again. After two weeks I decided to bench, and it became just as bad as when I first started.

    My plan is little to NO physical activity until complete recovery with a SLIGHT caloric deficit and lower carbs. I would rather lose LBM than gain fat, because the LBM will come back fast but I can't lose fat if I'm trying to gain LBM.

    Has this happened to any of you before? How long did your recovery take? Any tips for me?

    (By the way, don't tell me to go to the doctor because I already went! I'm looking for feedback from actual BBers!)

    Thanks!
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    I had of case of costochondritis, which is an inflammation of the intercostal muscles. The pain can be described as heart attack like, with the difference being that costochondritis is palpable. It's an overuse injury and took me about 8 weeks to feel better, but for a while I had acute flare ups (months).
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    Originally Posted by acrawlingchaos View Post
    I had of case of costochondritis, which is an inflammation of the intercostal muscles. The pain can be described as heart attack like, with the difference being that costochondritis is palpable. It's an overuse injury and took me about 8 weeks to feel better, but for a while I had acute flare ups (months).
    wow that sucks. must have been a hard 2 months. i hope i can lift within 2 months...
    i want to lift so badly. i cant wait. well, i can wait.. but you get the point

    how did you get back into lifting? did you have to strengthen your intercostals first?

    this really sucks. i lost about 10lbs already. not sure of the muscle/fat ratio of that loss because i cant gauge my strength.. cant lift at all...

    so... i started collecting supps in the meantime lol...
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    I was never lifting at the time. I was in the army and it was caused by excessive pushups. I was concerned about it at the time, because eventually the army was gonna make me move again.


    I wouldn't avoid lifting. If there are things you can do that don't hurt, do them. You can also just do the basic big three with just a bar to help build a mind muscle connection and improve form.
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    If it's very painful after 4 weeks it's likely to be a costochondral fracture
    An intercostal muscle tear is like any other muscle tear in that it will heal significantly within a week but can be aggravated by further tension on the muscle. It wouldn't usually be classified as severe pain
    Severe pain is likely to be the result of a fracture - that will give you a very sharp pain with any movement that involves the chest wall and will be very noticeable if you sneeze or cough.
    A fracture can occur either in the body of a rib, usually as a result of a direct hit - like a collision at football, or the dropping of a weight on your chest, or alternatively at the junction of the bone and the cartilage in one of the lower ribs. This is the type of injury you get when your obliques and serratus contract very strongly against a chest wall that is fixed in expiration (holding your breath during a heavy deadliest or press)
    The pain is due to the ends of the rib, or the ends of the rib and the costal cartilage rubbing together. This sets up an inflammatory process that can become chronic.
    You should be able to push on the rib at the sore point, and feel it move away slightly or 'click' under your finger tips

    I had this happen 6 weeks ago during an 800lb leg press. I felt the rib 'pop' and I was in agony the next day. Of course I got a cold and was sneezing and could hardly move.
    I spoke to a friend of mine who is a thoracic surgeon. He started me on a course of oral prednisolone 25mg for 5 days along with NSAIDs, the idea being to completely disrupt the inflammatory cycle. The pain settled totally after two weeks and I've been back to heavy lifting
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