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   Posted 9/27/2008 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I get these weird pains in my ribs and sturnum that if I bend a certain way or even push in a certain spot on my rib or sturnum, it hurts really bad. I just had my heart checked and a chest xray and they did not see anything wrong. I have these spots on my chest area that I can push in between the ribs and it hurts. I also get this pain after golfing. Any ideas why my ribs and sturnum hurt like this? What casues it? How can I get relief?

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   Posted 9/27/2008 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I suggest talking with your doc about a condition called costochondritis. I have it and I get a lot of the same problems as you described. I t is really unsettling and once you get to the point it is no longer scary it can be really annoying!

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   Posted 9/27/2008 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi dbac,

I too would suggest costcho. It's an inflammation of the cartilage in the ribs. It can flare up or back off and the pain comes and goes with it. Here's a good link to read more about it. Hope you get some help from your doc soon.


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   Posted 9/28/2008 4:45 AM (GMT -6)   
For the past several months, I had terrible ribcage pain. I have fibro, and a really messed up cervical spine. My thoracic and lumbar spine are fine, according to the MRIs. I started seeing a chiropractor, and when I told him about the ribcage pain, he did some manipulation where it hurt the most. If he pressed certain parts, I would almost go through the roof with pain. He concentrated on my ribcage for two sessions. This was three weeks ago, and my ribcage pain is gone. It wasn't pleasant having that much pressure applied because of the ribcage pain and fibro, but it was well worth it to me. I can't believe it. That pain was just awful. I'm still left with widespread body pain, and neck spasms that send me into the stratosphere of pain. Still, that terrible ribcage pain is gone.

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   Posted 10/2/2008 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been feeling better the last couple of days , I have been applying heat and ice. I golfed on Tuesday of this week and felt the pai nagain. Tonight  it was very bad. I would turn a certain way and the pain would be there, then gone in 10 seconds or less.  I ready excercise is good, but when I do, the pain seems to get worse for a couple of days.  This is really tough to deal with. My doc thinks I am crazy (wife thinks it is all in my head). I almost went and got another ekg today even though I just had one and it was OK.  What else is under your ribs on the left side that could be causing me pain? Sometime I think the worst and think I have some terrible disease!!Even though everything comes back negative.
Tomorrow I am golfing again and I will be fine, not pain through the whole match, then later in the day I start to have it again.
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