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Nanners
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   Posted 8/14/2009 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone else get rib cage pain?  I have this really bad pain that kinda flares every so often in my left rib cage area in the front and into my back.  This flares up about every 2 mos or so and can be quite painful (6-7 on pain scale) shakehead    It is very tender to the touch skull    I take my pain meds but this only gives a little relief, what helps even more is laying down with my heating pad draped over my left side.  But of course, I have to work so really can't lay down right now.  Anyways, just wondering if anyone else has this? 
 
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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, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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Jokat
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   Posted 8/14/2009 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Nanners,
I have the rib pain quite often. It is also my left side that gives me trouble......

I have not found any great way to help it.....just wanted you to know that someone relates to your pain. :)
JoKat
 
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Hara
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   Posted 8/14/2009 11:53 PM (GMT -7)   

My rib cage sometimes hurts to. I feel like I'm being stabbed in the ribs or socked in the ribs. darn that hurts.

HARA

 


maura
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   Posted 8/15/2009 3:30 AM (GMT -7)   

hi there - could be something called Costochondritis....google it and have a look at the symptoms. I was diagnosed with it and one of the things I found helped a bit, was putting a pillow under my left arm.

It is an inflammation between the ribs of an arthritic nature apparantly, but IM not a doctor, so just check it out on a reliable site.

Good luck, its sure not nice while it lasts.  Be sure tho, that you spell it right when googling..its COSTOCHONDRITIS.

 



Sherrine
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   Posted 8/15/2009 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   

Nanners, it does sound like costochondritis and I do have that.  It can be miserable and it hurts to breathe.  My doctor has me taking ibuprofen with food for that and it does help.  Here is some info about costochondritis.  See if this sounds like you.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/costochondritis/DS00626

Sherrine


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Nanners
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   Posted 8/15/2009 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
First off, I should clarify its actually my right ribcage not the left (dang fibro fog:). It does sound in some ways like costochondritis. Unfortunately, I cannot take Ibruprofen because I have Crohns (though I realize you do too Sherrine), but for me it really upsets my stomach even more. I have been taking my pain meds and it does take a little of the edge off, it doesn't take all the pain away though. At night it is so much worse, and this morning I woke up in alot of pain. I have had this a few times before, so I am just guessing it is flaring right now. I guess I will just have to try to rest up this weekend and keep the heat on it. Thanks for your help and if anyone who has this has any other ideas/tips for me, I am open to all.

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Gail*Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Sherrine
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   Posted 8/15/2009 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   

Try using a rice bag or Bed Buddy.  The moist heat should help some.  It's an awful feeling, I know.

Sherrine


Forum Moderator/ Fibromyalgia
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Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Diabetes, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Osteoporosis
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


Nanners
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   Posted 8/16/2009 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Haha Sherrine, thats all I do use for heat. I am actually addicted to the darn things. Its either on my side or across the tummy. You should see my tummy, it has the pattern of the dried corn all over it. I always have to explain to the doctors no nothings wrong, its just from my hot bag:)
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Binki
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   Posted 8/16/2009 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
My 2 cents....

I was feeling that last night on our way home from my husband's b-day party and my first instinct was to take my bra off. :-) I hate the feeling like someone has their fingers between my rib cage on my side, trying to pry them apart. I took a pain pill of course, cuz lots of other parts of me were aching big time after the party.

I love my heating pads as well. I think I should get a bed buddy, they sound comforting.

Hope your feeling a bit better today.

:-)
Lori  
 
Fibromyalgia, Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia, Gastritis
 
300mg Gabapentin, 50mg Pristiq, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Ultracet

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