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Anyone experiencing rib pain?

Apr 18, 2017 3:19 PM

I wanted to share my recent discovery since this is something I've never heard of before. I've had fibromyalgia for about 8 years, and the first sign of unusual pain (aside from neck & back pain) was mainly in my ribs. It feels like they're restricted, like it hurts to breathe deeply, and somewhat like I bruised the bones somehow. This has been going on for 8 years. I was diagnosed with fibro last year, which helped me find ways to self treat much quicker. Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage in the ribs, causing pain similar to what I described. Luckily it's treatable, although I have yet to visit a doctor and I'm aware that ibuprofen and other over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs don't always help. Cymbalta has helped the burning pain that comes with the rib pain, but if I get off schedule, I notice the burning returning. Costo is frequently linked to fibromyalgia. Wish I had looked into this much sooner!

Apr 18, 2017 3:20 PM

note: my doctor specializes in fibromyalgia and has helped me so much, but it didn't occur to her that this could be the reason for my rib pain.

Apr 18, 2017 3:33 PM

I have had fibro for 16 years. I frequently have the rib pain you describe. I was on cymbalta too but got only some relief and had to stop due to side effects. I am on medical marijuana now and so far it is really helping.

Apr 18, 2017 3:36 PM

That's exactly how I feel. Marijuana is the only thing that relaxes the pain somewhat, and ibuprofen helps take some of the swelling down, but cymbalta only relieves the burning sensation I've felt. I was reading that electroshock therapy, non-steroid antiinflammatory drugs and injections are among some treatments. For most people this is a condition that is easily treated and goes away, but that's not the case for me. Glad Mary Jane's doing some good for you :)

Apr 18, 2017 4:03 PM

My mom had rib pain. Hard to wear bras. She never mentioned it she to her doc. She just thought it was just her arthritis.

Apr 18, 2017 4:48 PM

Oh my, I just assumed it was all apart of fibro. Would I discuss this with my Rheumatologist or with my regular physician?

Apr 18, 2017 7:13 PM

Rib pain can come from autoimmune disease as well. Have you been tested? Mine is from autoimmune disease.

Apr 18, 2017 7:39 PM

When I have massages they actually do the intercoastal spaces and it helps alot. When they are doing it the pain is bad. I am not sure what the proper term is but they all seem to refer to it as 'ripping your ibtercoastals' If you get massages you might ask about it. Make sure you drink tons of water after you do this because it seems to release tons of toxins that make you feel like crap the next day. After that it is amazing the pain stays away for about 2 months for me. I always take a very long Epsom salt bath right after every massage and it makes a world of difference for me.

Apr 18, 2017 8:25 PM

I hope you feel better soon. Sending prayers your way.

Apr 18, 2017 9:07 PM

I've had costochondritis several times since becoming ill with Still's Disease in 2001, but recently I began having pain in my rib cage- it is sometimes on the right, sometimes on the left. But this pain goes all the way through/around to my back and it is so painful I cannot even sit up, I have to lie down. It is also irritated when I eat, or when I am even slightly "backed up" or gassy. I believe this pain is due to spinal disease, because I have a total of 13 discs that are bulging/collapsed/herniated, with at least 3 vertebrae that are decaying, bone spurs, narrowing formina, impinged cord & nerves, the works. Oh, and in addition to the Still's Disease and spinal disease, I have Fibromyalgia and Myalgic Encephalopathy. As far as tenderness and bras being uncomfortable- this is an entirely different pain.

Apr 18, 2017 9:09 PM

Oh my gosh! How do you even function?

Apr 18, 2017 9:17 PM

I am able to do very little. The pain is torture, and the disability and isolation is torment.

Apr 18, 2017 10:01 PM

I have rib pain too, but I have two ribs that repeatedly get dislodged, I get treatment from my chiropractor, then its good for a while. I always thought it was just from my back, because of uneven musculature issues.
Also, does anyone else get a stabbing pain below the left breast? It scares me, but my heart is healthy, and back issues have been blamed for that too.

Apr 19, 2017 9:38 AM

I too suffer from Costochondritis
(circa 1988). I get pain in my sternum too and often I get the feeling there is a belt tightening around my chest.
(I have been told our lungs don't hurt..one place we sufferes can't feel pain!)

I understand all too well about bras (elastic band sits where I had a chest tube), I've tried to use sports bras but I think more of a hassle. But may work for you.

A breathing technique I use which you may already know is to inhale through your nose and exhale out your mouth with lips slightly open.
To combat inlammation without drugs, I mix lemon juice, garlic cloves and honey...I don't have to ask permission, worry about addictions, or smoking anything illegal...

I sleep inclined, @ 45 degree angle, which helps.

Well, hope this helps someone in this quagmire of pain issues...
All my best...

Apr 28, 2017 3:20 PM

Another possible diagnosis my doctor is looking into is Anterior cutaneous nerve entrapment syndrome (ACNES), which is pain caused from trapped nerves of the abdominal wall. Injections are generally used for treatment, and if that doesn't help it seems it's curable with surgery. Wouldn't it be great to find something that works.. :)

May 01, 2017 9:27 AM

Hello Noob here...I'm suffering from a bout of costochondritis for the past couple of day & have had it several times...seems to come & go but I don't know what TRIGGERS it. Anyone have an idea of why it happens? I have Fibromyalgia and Lyme disease so I'm familiar with the weird random symptoms but I'd really like to know how I can prevent this flare up.

May 13, 2017 2:06 PM

Omg Costo rib pain is the worst! I've thinking of getting this little device called Back Pod by Body Stance. Great reviews for rib pain relief. Heat & some MJ help too.

May 13, 2017 2:12 PM

I also learned via YouTube doctors speaking on the subject. One theory is a rib being out of place due to poor posture, chest breathing, weak muscles, accident, and/or back pain causing rib pain. Since all is connected, espec ribs to spine, makes sense to me. Or could be inflamation of rib joints, as my rheumy tells me. I think for me it's all the above. Back Pod is $90 but I'm gonna try it. Also gonna start my stretches again to help my weak & tight muscles. Hugs

May 13, 2017 2:19 PM

I have thoracic spine out of wack. Its causing knots so bad it wrapping around my side and dislocating 2 ribs. Causing my diaphragm not to inflate fully for full breaths. I get out of breath easly. It hurts to breath.

Trying to find a chiropractor that will put my ribs back in over the phone is worthless. They all say I don't have ribs out (this has happens all the time) I asked them if it is would you do it. There response is no. On to the next chiropractor in the phone book. (also one that takes medicare) once everything is in place I need a massage to fix the knots. But Sony have the money for that. So just living with it for over a year now. 😟

May 13, 2017 2:27 PM

Overcomer.. What? My chiro / accupuncturist cracks my ribs & they always feel all better, till they move again. Maybe find one who also does accupuncture. I see lots of Drs & this is only one who figured me out & will crack my rib region. Keep looking!! Good luck!

May 13, 2017 3:20 PM

Yes I suffer rib pain everyday

May 13, 2017 9:03 PM

Thanks Joey311. I still am looking.

May 16, 2017 3:11 PM

I Have endometriosis on my diaphragm and have really bad rib pain daily.

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