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Muscle Spasm Mystery

Updated on August 4, 2017

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 I have spent some time trying to figure out what was causing rib side muscle spasms. I was amazed that there were so many online questions asked by woman, that are experiencing the same muscle spasms that I had. I felt relieved that I was not the only one. The muscle spasms became more frequent, after I fell on my tailbone on a hard concrete floor. It is very bizarre to me how the muscle spasm's especially around the rib cage happen without any previous warning. Years ago if I bent over wrong or too fast I would have a small spasm, somewhere between the breast bone and the ribs. I did have a bruised rib, years ago. After I fell on the tailbone, that area hurt for about 4-5 weeks, at that time I had a sitting job. I was switched to a 8-10 hour a day standing job. The very first day after standing for only one hour, not bending or lifting, just standing still, I can only explain it as rolling muscles, contracting and extreme pain. It affected both sides of the ribs and the front area. It seemed to last maybe five minutes, and then it would stop. By the time I got to the tenth hour, I felt like I had been hit by a truck. the pain was so extreme, I figure the sciatica was inflamed and that would explain the burning, tingling, numbness on the right side, especially the entire right leg. I went to their clinic and the x-rays showed nothing. I took some muscle relaxers prescribed for 10 days. I went back to work, and sure enough exactly one hour, the same muscle spasms were back. The strange thing is that when I am home standing, at a store standing, walking , nothing happens. I went to my own doctor and he gave me a steroid, and I waited seven days. I went back to work, and again within one hour muscle spasms came back, with the extreme pain. I worked on tribal land, and they were not concerned at all about my fall or injury. I knew that it would be very risky to handle such large sums of money in such extreme pain. It reminded me of my first flight on a airplane to Italy, when the plane was descending I had such knife pains in my ears, and my ears would not pop. I watched the other passengers, smiling and happy and I was in agony. I found out later that my ears just do not pop. I am standing at work and every time, I am in agony within one hours time. Is there a relationship between the injury and the tailbone causing the rib side muscle spasms? If that was the case, why doesn't it happen any where else? I finished all the medication, and I still feel a pinching of a nerve in the right leg. I tried to hold on as long as I could, due to the bad economy and lack of jobs. Prior to my changing departments, I was having attacks, that I thought were caused by menopause. These attacks alone were scary with the heart palpitations, the sweating, and the lack of balance. I was having major anxiety attacks probably from stress I was causing to myself. It got to a point that I would associate putting my uniform on with how many hours I had until that pain would start. I am really quite normal, and the only solution I could find was to resign. They had already cut the hours down, cut the days down, the drive was far and dangerous and they had already set a wage freeze in place. The ac never worked and it was very hot in the place. I finally resigned, the pain was too great to continue, and I have not had one muscle spasm. the right leg is getting better, a small area still has a pinched nerve. I guess I will never know why I had those muscle spasms, but I am glad they are gone.


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    veronyke 7 years ago

    thanks for article:it's instructive and helpful,i remember myself in such situation and believe me it wasn't funny at all...if interested to find more tips to relief muscle spasm,take a look on

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    Corey 8 years ago

    Well, I happen to think perhaps there is a connection between your spasms, and your tailbone injury. The reason why I believe it, is because I'm experiencing the same thing. I had two injuries to my tailbone 4-5 years ago, and since that time I've experiences musle spasms in my legs, mostly on the right side of the right leg though. X-rays show nothing, and not many doctors are very experienced in this injury as most think the tail bone to be fairly benign, that it can't cause problems. However, I'm currently suffering from the same sudden rib cage muscle spasms that you are, and they come out of nowhere, and are so painful they take my breath away. I also have had IBS symptoms that flare up badly when these other spasms flare, so I think they are also related. I have had no luck finding any help for this.

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    Lor Roth 8 years ago

    I feel the pain if I stand for about twenty minutes. I can feel the muscles in the middle of the back just over tha waistline especially when I take steps. You can feel the muscles move as a step is taken. Thank you.