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OKIEMARK
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   Posted 1/30/2009 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone else experience pain that feels like it is your lower ribs in you sides and back. I have been having this for several months and my Dr. can't figure it out.

Nanners
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   Posted 1/30/2009 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I always have pain right at the bottom of my ribs on the right side when my tummy is acting up. I have had two resections and think the cause of mine is adhesions. Just a thought.
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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gachrons
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   Posted 1/30/2009 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I had the back pain going on when I had a blockage but don't remember rib pain. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


FallColors
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   Posted 1/30/2009 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Okiemark,

Doesn't sound very comfortable! Has your doctor had the area scanned?? Hope you get relief soon!
Diagnosed with rectal Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.


Cyborg Ninja
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   Posted 1/30/2009 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Gallbladder and pancreatic problems can cause pain that radiates to your back and around your ribs.
Current DX: Graves' disease, Crohn's disease, gallstones, scoliosis, syringomyelia


Irishmom4
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   Posted 2/2/2009 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been experiencing the same type of pain the last 8 months. It has also stumped my GI. I have had blood work, a CAT scan and a small bowel follow through and nothing is abnormal. Does your pain et worse if you are on your feel for long periods of time?

Elizabeth
dx'd with Crohns 1984, I was in remission for 12 years
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now weaning off  Predisone after another flare. Started taking my Asacol again.


snohare
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   Posted 2/2/2009 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I often get a sore lower back when my gut flares, I think I have Crohn's Arthritis which sometimes kicks in when things go pearshaped. So aches and pains all over, most often in joints. I have had pain higher up in my ribcage occasionally, but I think that is more to do with inflammation in my duodenal area.
My immediate thought is, if scans and tests show nothing, and the doc is stumped because it "shouldn't" be there...sounds like a classic case of referred pain caused by inflammation. Have you thought about seeing a pain management specialist ? They have forgotten more about different types of pain than the average doctor will ever know, or seek to.

Irishmom4
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   Posted 2/2/2009 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I have polycystic kidney disese so I have cysts in my kidneys and liver. My GI thinks the pain may be cysts that are pressing against my colon. My kidney doc blows me off and sayst there isn't anything he can do about it. I just want to be sure that I'm not creating scar tissue by ignoring the pain. I already had one bowel resection surgery 2 years ago and would like to avoid another one. My pain is more bothersome than life altering most of the time. When it gets bad I take a vicadin which I try to stay away from because I can't work when I take them. I have another appointment next week but i am sure I will get the same run around. I just keep thiinking.... "I am only 44, is this what the rest of my life is going to be like?"
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Elizabeth
dx'd with Crohns 1984, I was in remission for 12 years
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now weaning off  Predisone after another flare. Started taking my Asacol again.


Baby083
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   Posted 2/6/2009 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been getting a lot a rib pain the past few days. It's feels like someone is stabbing my ribs. After the pain goes away my ribs are sore. Is that what you feel?

BuzyBum
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   Posted 2/6/2009 8:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I got it from gallstones, so I had my gallbladder out. Then I was still getting pain in my ribs and narrowed it down to being allergic to codiene. Had to stop taking my codydramol. Think it was actually those causing the pain all along.
37yr old woman UK. Diagnosed with crohns in 95. Currently on 2400mg asacol, 100mg Azathioprine. Been on Remicade once which worked well for me, but they took me off it. Flared up again. Took Humira but it didn't seem to agree with me, but thinking it was now an infection rather than side effects from Humira. Now back on Remicade, had 3 infusions so far and no reactions as yet. Consultant wants me to have a colostomy bag fitted, I've refused and want to try as many options as possible. On Elemental 028 extra diet for 6 weeks.


Baby083
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   Posted 2/6/2009 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had rib pain all day. Crohn's is new to me...I was misdiagnosed with colitis at first. I'm just wondering if this rib pain that I'm getting is normal for Crohn's or should I be more concerned?

snohare
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   Posted 2/7/2009 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Baby, it's one of those things impossible to diagnose over the internet really, because there's obviously a whole host of things that can cause rib pain, and many of them would be ruled out by physical examination by a doctor - palpitation etc. yeahReferred pain, in particular, is tricky, and the bailiwick of pain management professionals; typical GIs or PCPs know little in depth about the different effects pain can have on the body.
But if you are worried about cancer, I would say that this is extremely rare, and usually occurs long after tumours have appeared elsewhere; rib pains would be an advanced symptom, and a diagnosis could be expected to lie months back.
eyes My guess is, that in my case at least, it is associated with the severe muscle fatigue caused by chronic malnutrition, possible a build up of lactic acid in the intercostal muscles - rather like getting a stitch from running too far - or, equally possible, hyperventilation causing lactic acid build up. Both of these might be related to an pH imbalance in the blood, which is entirely possible for anyone breathing lots of traffic fumes, never mind with a Crohnie. But either way, if you start having severe pains in your rib cage and chest and having difficulty breathing, it is most likely anxiety related. (Hyperventilation, which is related to high blood levels of carbonic acid, can supposedly predispose towards panic attacks.)
confused You'll have noticed I'm guessing here, I ain't no doctor ! I wonder just what percentage of Crohnies get rib pain, and under what circumstances ?

BuzyBum
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   Posted 2/7/2009 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I would advise anyone taking codiene (I was on codydramol for years) to see whether their chest pain coincides with taking the codiene. Took me years to work it out, but not had it since I stopped the Codydramol, apart from once last year when I was in so much pain I risked taking them because I had nothing else. One and half hours later I was in A&E and ended up spending 4 days in hospital.
37yr old woman UK. Diagnosed with crohns in 95. Currently on 2400mg asacol, 100mg Azathioprine. Been on Remicade once which worked well for me, but they took me off it. Flared up again. Took Humira but it didn't seem to agree with me, but thinking it was now an infection rather than side effects from Humira. Now back on Remicade, had 3 infusions so far and no reactions as yet. Consultant wants me to have a colostomy bag fitted, I've refused and want to try as many options as possible. On Elemental 028 extra diet for 6 weeks.


Zippy123
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   Posted 2/20/2009 11:56 PM (GMT -7)   
OKIEMARK said...
Does anyone else experience pain that feels like it is your lower ribs in you sides and back. I have been having this for several months and my Dr. can't figure it out.


I have the same mostly on right side, I am beginning to suspect Asacol is doing it, but not sure. Are you taking Asacol?

isergodur
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   Posted 2/21/2009 3:18 AM (GMT -7)   
i have this pain in my back and on the left front site, i think it is heartburn it gets a lot worse if i forget my nexium.. If i take nexium i am good..
24 year old female
Diagonsed with Crohns disease in December 2008..
Medication - Asacol, Remicade, Entocort

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