Fibro Rib Pain

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curlyq83
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   Posted 10/27/2008 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I'm new to this board, but hoping I can get some answers from some of you. I've had fibro for about 2 years now, I'm female, and 25 years old.. For about the last 2 months, I experience horrible rib pain- but only at night while laying down. It starts in the sides of both ribs and comes to the front. It makes it hard to breathe, it's so painful!

I have a spinal protrusion in L4 and L5, but the pain I feel doesn't seem to stem from my back. I've had an EMG, Bone Scan, and X-rays, and they haven't found anything wrong with my bones. I'm guessing it's fibro, but wanted to see if anyone else had experienced this. It's just weird that I only feel it at night, and that once I stand up and get moving, it goes away.

Doctors haven't been very helpful, I was on some medication but it didn't do much. Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Sherrine
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   Posted 10/27/2008 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Curly, welcome!  It sounds like costochondritis to me.  I do have that.  Sometimes the chest wall hurts, too.  I had heart tests to make sure it wasn't my heart.  But I do know about the ribs hurting and how it hurts to breathe.  Even though it hurts, I will take very deep breaths and hold it to help stretch those muscles.  I will do that a few times and it makes it feel a little better.  Also, ibuprofen helps with the pain.  Many doctors prescribe it for costochondritis so ask you doctor about it.
 
Check out the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum.  You will find a lot of good info in there about fibro, including symptoms and also great stretching exercises that really do work.
 
Read back posts and ask questions.  We are here to help you.  I'm so glad you joined in and I hope to hear more from you soon!
 
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curlyq83
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   Posted 10/27/2008 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much! I think I need to start better understanding this illness, and this is a great start.

That's what I was thinking I might have. My only concern is that it won't go away, it's been 2 months! I moved so I've been trying to find a new fibro doctor, but didn't like the last one I saw. He wasn't very helpful. He prescribed amtriptalyne (sp?) but it made me so groggy during the day, it was hard to function. I'm thinking I need to find someone that can at least prescribe something, it is so difficult sleeping at night!

Sherrine
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   Posted 10/27/2008 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Fibromyalgia doesn't go away.  You just learn how to control the pain or, in some cases, ignore the pain and live your life.  A positive attitude and a good sense of humor help a lot with fibro!
 
In the Fibro 101 thread that I mentioned, there is a link about malic acid/magnesium supplements that help with the pain and fatigue.  I started these last December and they do help me a lot.  But, they don't work for everyone.  There is nothing out there that works for everyone with fibro but you might want to give these a shot. 
 
As I said, you will find a lot of info about fibromyalgia in the Fibro 101 thread.  Also, don't hesitate to ask questions.  We have a great group here that have good ideas and share their experiences, too.  Together, we will make it though life with fibro and still have a smile on our faces! 
 
Sherrine 
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Jokat
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   Posted 10/28/2008 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   

Curly,

The rib pain is the more painful part of Fibro for me. I ge tit failry often and it does last quite awhile. For me, the rib pain seems to be most acute when I am stressed.....less so because of activity. When my rib pain is apparent I tend to not breathe properly (because of the pain) and it seems to make it worse...Keep making breathe through the pain....

I use Trazadone at night. It is an anti-depressant that helps people sleep. I have been using it for 3 years and not had a single night of restlessness. Ask your doctor about it....maybe you too can sleep well.

I cut out most of my meds, except Cymbalta (once every morning) and am down to a half pill of the trazadone(at night).

The meds were definately contributing to the "FOG" for me. I am much clearer now that I am off of them. The pain is a little worse....but I can live with pain.
 
I hope that this helps.....keep a positive outlook, push yourself to do as much as your body will allow. Do not let Fibro dictate the life you will live.
JoKat
 
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Marlee2
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   Posted 10/28/2008 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Curly and welcome. Fibro pain is very strange and it sounds like they have checked for anything else that could be causing the rib pain. I too have costo and have for about a year now, sometimes it is worse than others. My breast bone stays sore as does many other areas around my ribs. There may be sore places that you don't feel during the day but the pressure of laying makes them hurt.
 
I use lidoderm patches for rib pain. You need an rx for them. They are 4x6 pads you stick on the skin and it numbs it enough to help the pain. You wear them for 12 hrs and 12 hrs off. That may help a lot at night.
 
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curlyq83
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   Posted 10/29/2008 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so much for your advice and encouragement!

I think I need to look into getting on some regular medication to help treat the fibro. Ibuprofen can only go so far :)

Marlee, the lidoderm patches are a great suggestion, I'm going to look into getting those. I think you're right about not feeling the pain during the day- if I push on my ribs gently right now, they are sore. I guess laying down just brings out the pain.

KeepHope- thanks for the info. Yeah, I think anti-inflammatories are the way to go. Last night actually wasn't too bad, it gave me some encouragement. I've been doing physical therapy for my back, and I think it's starting to help. I'm hoping that by strengthening my core muscles, maybe it will help alleviate some of the rib pain? We'll see.

It's all about taking it one day at a time. It's hard, and I often feel like no one really understands how I'm feeling. This board is a great encouragement to me.
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