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Aug 17, 2016 2:44 PM

I have been trying for the past year to get a diagnosis on my thoracic back and rib pain. It all began after I started using my CPAP machine set at 14 level. I have been told it is not showing on MRIs or xRays. Every doctor visit I get prescribed a different medication that is supposed to be the miracle drug to relieve the inflammation and pain....I seen a reumetoigist that told me that I am showing no symptoms of any form of arthritis, but my blood tests show high inflammation in my system. I do have hypothyroidism, but that is just another battle with the doctors.

Aug 17, 2016 3:08 PM

Hello and a ๐Ÿค—warm Welcome to the community ๐ŸŒน there are lots of friends here.. ๐Ÿชall in the same boat... ๐Ÿซwithout a darn paddle!

The pain diary is the best... i tried a few!๐Ÿด log all ur pain stress fatigue and mood... โ˜”so u can print it out for ur doctor in blk&white ๐Ÿช
๐Ÿค— You can always find a familiar face... to ask Questions or vent... or post anything ๐Ÿดgood in your life... like pets is a very๐Ÿน popular post! ๐Ÿ˜Š above all u r not alone... and we all speak fluent "pain"๐Ÿ˜Š

Welcome Spidey ๐Ÿค—

Aug 18, 2016 10:24 AM

Welcome Spidey15! Do you have any other diagnosed problems, like asthma or bronchitis, or COPD? Those could explain the pain & inflammation. Another thought is Costochondritis, inflammation of the muscle tissue between the ribs. It hurts to press on, and can be painful to breathe deeply. Have you seen an endocrinologist about your thyroid? My PCP didn't want to address my abnormal inflammation & thyroid levels or the fact that my thyroid gland is damaged. My endo doc tests for a lot more bloodwork than my PCP, and she has me on T3 & T4 meds. Hugs love & prayers you get answers soon! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒธ

Aug 18, 2016 10:30 AM

Welcome Spidey15 glad to have you with us...

Aug 21, 2016 8:12 PM

I have just started seeing an endo, next appointment is in November, has been a long battle to get my family doctor to refer me to one. I have had an under active thyroid for about 17 years, a result of radioactive iodine to treat Graves Disease.
As for COPD, I don't think that is an issue. I have no issues breathing, just the pain radiating from my thoracic spine area around the rib cage. The pain is always worse during the night and early mornings, and I know it isn't my bed, because I have slept on different ones since this started and nothing changes it. I just seen a reumatoligist and he says I show no signs of arthritis, but my blood work shows inflammation. I haven't followed up with my family doctor, because I'm in the frame of mind to punch him in the face for his inability to figure something out. He just keeps handing me a different prescription in hopes of solving the problem.

Aug 22, 2016 7:18 AM

Thanks FlappysLady, very informative article. I just am so fed up of battling with my doctor, my weight, diet, lifestyle they all say is the problem......frustrating and depressing. I keep pushing for an explanation as to why at 48 I need help to get out of bed some mornings, to sit on my couch until the meds kick in enough to move. Some days are better than others, and I am lucky the Mr is able to assist me. Everyday I learn how to do things differently, to cope and to say to my self it's okay to rest. This app, with the group of experienced users is a blessing. I read and learn, I track my pain and feel I'm building a pain visual for my doctor.

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