having pain on both sides of lower rib cage hurts worse when sleeping on side. What could it be?

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bizymom
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   Posted 5/25/2008 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
For over a month I have been experiencing pain mostly to my sides near lower ribs.  I thought it was my bed because at first the symtoms where waking me up and I find it difficult to sleep especially on my sides. Then I noticed the pain one night when I was sitting watching tv.  Right now(today) I feel the pain mostly on my right side and into my back.  Feels to me like it is muscle pain.  I noticed last week when I had a coughing spell that it hurt to cough on both sides.  Has anyone experienced this and have any advice.  I haven't been injured and I work out but not strenuous.  I have had pulled muscles and pinched nerves before, but they usually heal after a few days.  This doesn't seem to go away and I tried to take motrin once it wasn't helpful. I also sleep on a tempurpedic mattress that should be supportive enough.
Any advice would be great. Thanks

ryand
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   Posted 5/25/2008 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi bizy, welcome to the forum.

We are not physicians here, so I hope you will contact your doctor, but I bet you'll get lots of good ideas from people about good questions to ask the doc. The folks here are so supportive!

The first thing I think of when I hear your symptoms is ulcer. Is the pain like a band or a belt that wraps around you? I had pain from my belly-button to my spine like a belt wrapped around me only on the inside, and that's what the docs thought it was. Or, you might have pulled some muscles coughing if you have been coughing a lot.

Again, please go to a doctor and get checked out. I hope you are feeling better very soon!

Ry

Chutz
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   Posted 5/25/2008 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi bizy!

And welcome to Healing Well. Ry is right...you do need to have your doc check it out. It could be anything from digestion to heart issues. I'll share a couple of things I've seen with that kind of pain.

First, and this is not to scare you, but my mother kept having pain in the rib area below her shoulder blade. It kept up for week after week so she finally went to the doc. She belonged to a cooperative so, IMHO, she wasn't getting the best care out there. Anyway, they treated her for a pulled muscle. Pills, heat, the usual. She even tried acupuncture and no help. The pain just kept getting worse. Back and forth to the doc a not help. Well, fast forward a couple more weeks and she had a massive heart attack. The doc came to tell us there was nothing more they could do when the cardiologist finally got the catheter thru and they stented the artery that was blocked. They literally pulled her back from death. Women often feel heart pain in the back and not always the common ways that men do.

The other thing that might cause that kind of pain is costocondritis. It's inflammation of the cartilage in the rib cage and is very painful...especially when you sneeze or cough. We have some threads on that topic. You can visit the fibromyalgia forum and do a search for costo for more information.

Good luck and keep us posted,
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DiLane
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   Posted 5/25/2008 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I started getting pain in both ribcages about six months ago. I attribute it to my Fibro. My chief complaint is cervical pain, but I don't think that would do it. I told a PM doctor about the ribcage pain and he blew it off, as did my PCP. I'm in pain from head to toe, so it's hard to get a doctor to take me seriously when I single out a specific pain. I'm sorry I wasn't any help. Just know you're not alone, and I know the lousy feeling.

PAlady
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   Posted 5/25/2008 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, bizy,
Welcome to the forum. I have to support what others have said, and especially the importance of seeing your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis.

PaLady

bizymom
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   Posted 5/26/2008 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info. It doesn't hurt to pee, but I was thinking that it could be my liver the way it has felt since yesterday. I havn't been drinking much water and I drink too much diet soda, and a couple cups of coffee per day. I have an occassional alcohol beverage, although I haven't had one in about a week. The pain didn't seem to be on one side, but lately more on my right and a burning type pain at times. I will get advice from a Dr. too.
Thanks again.

Ginger Lee
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   Posted 10/3/2010 1:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bizy!
My pain started on the left side rib area, and a strange feeling across my stomach. The pain slowly went across my lower back. After 3 months, a lot of precriptions, and every test they could think of, I am scheduled for an Endoscopy on Oct. 12. Meanwhile, the pain has been getting worse. I can only sleep on an air mattress. This would allow you to get some sleep. I can't sleep on my sides. They did find I have kidney stones, and a splineule, but this wouldn't give me the kind of pain I am having.
I would suggest skipping all the tests I went through, and see if you can get an Endoscopy.

My husband said I am not telling the doctor what the pain is like. The only thing I think it feels like is, when I was little and ran a lot, my sides would hurt. It's kind of like that.

Hope you can find a doctor that will run this one test!

Chartreux
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   Posted 10/3/2010 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with the others, please get this checked out by your doctor..
it could be anything from a muscle spasms to an ulcer or lung condition and
so only thing I would suggest is to try a moist heat pad to see if that helps
until you can get into your doctors...
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straydog
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   Posted 10/3/2010 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey gang this post was started back in 2008 and only had activity a short time. it looks like ginger Lee was just commenting on it.
Moderator Chronic Pain Forum

Ginger Lee
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   Posted 10/4/2010 7:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Ya know, I didn't even look at the date. I sure would like to know how Buzymom made out. I am surprised she didn't let people know what she found out when she went to the doctor.

Chartreux
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   Posted 10/4/2010 7:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Nice to meet you Ginger Lee, please start a new thread and introduce yourself...
and anyone can make a mistake...
don't let it worry ya...
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Myles542
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   Posted Yesterday 2:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, first off let me say NOT to go to a doctor. You will just waste your money. I have the same pain and after the 3rd year of it being on my left side it transferred over to my right side. Then after a few months it was in both sides. It makes the muscle areas around my lower rib cage flex or cringe rather and it is constant even when I sleep (my wife told me it does it in my sleep). It is a pain that I had to learn to live with. I have been to 4 doctors and 2 specialists and none of them have heard of it before. All they think is my stomach is having a problem so they put me on acid control medication but it didn't do anything at all but make me gain weight. Wanting relief I tried many things to help. I have now had the pain for about 7 years and it is flexing as I type this reply and it hurts always. The only thing I found that relieves the pain is White Zinfandel and White Merlot wine. I didn't like the taste of wine at first because I wasn't a wine drinker but I learned to like it because it is the only thing I know of that eases the pain and takes away the edge. It's not the alcohol because hard liquor or mixed drinks don't take the pain away at all. Beer takes it away mildly but not really. I really think it has something to do with the fermentation that helps the pain. But save yourself some money and don't go to the doctors. I wasted thousands of dollars seeking the problem and I have seen many doctors from different areas of the country. If it is in attack mode and it hurts very bad and you cannot drink wine for one reason or another, 4 motrin (Advil) will give you temporary relief... but if you do it often the effect wears off. Also, if you take motrin regularly it can cause an ulcer in your stomach. 4 motrin's are the same potency as 2 prescription motrin's. So don't go overboard with it. Twice in one day (8 hrs apart) is what I do when I need it but after the first couple days, if you don't give it a break, the effect will wear off and it won't help. Anyways, I'm sorry I can not tell you what the problem is but hopefully I gave you some info that will help you. If you find out what it is or the cure PLEASE let me know. I'm tired of fighting this every day.

springboks
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   Posted 10/29/2011 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Have to agree with Myles542, i have had exhaustive testing from bloods to CT scan to ultrasounds to my gallbladder being removed and i have really bad discomfort in my side ribs,abdomen and ribs in my back, so my specialist and doctors its scary, nobody knows , just give you different meds to try , i dropped 40 lbs by stopping all junk food and only drinking water , fruit and vegetables and it made no difference , trying yoga and cycling to help boost my depressed mood, dealing with this is all consuming when you also have to work full time and take care of your family. They have made incredible advances in medicine but if they don't see something on a scan your screwed, the good old diagnostic doctors are far and few between good luck finding one.... confused
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