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dbac
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   Posted 7/29/2010 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, so here is what has been happening. I get these unusual pains in various of my ribs that seems to be between two ribs. It is very "soft" or "tender" to the touch and if I rub the soft spot, I get the pain. Sometime I get this without even touching the spot like if I move a certain way or something. Usually lasts 10-30 seconds and then goes away. These tender areas also seem to not be in the same place all the time. Today I had it on my left side a couple inches under my arm, I have also had it higher up on right and left side almost at top rib. Even get it now and then almost on the bottom of the last rib in my chest area. I used to get this after golfing and swinging the clubs. I have been coughing the last day or 2 due to a cold so I am pushing in these areas when I cough. Ibuprofen usually helps but I hate to take to much of this. Other wise I am a very healthy person.
 
 
Any ideas?

SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 7/29/2010 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
It might be your muscles spasming underneath your ribs. Or acid reflux. One time I had been diagnosed with a heart murmer and I was told if I notice anythign with my heart get help right away. Few weeks later I'm on a city bus, and my roommate is the busdriver. I'm talking to her and I start grabbing my chest, in pain. And tears coming down my face because of how bad the pain is. I had my other hand on the seat and my knuckles turned white. It came in waves, and my roommate freaked out despite we were only a mile from the hospital (the bus goes right by it) she decides to call 911. Paramedics come, they monitor me and they dont know what it is and it isnt my heart. You are going to die laughing....I felt so stupid being transported by ambulance to the ER when I found out what I had. A severe attack of acid reflux. Aparently sometimes acid reflux can mimic a heart attack. Sadly enough, my roommate thought I had a heart attack in my late 20s of age. We died laughing on the way home. THe ER doc thought I was a drug seeker til a wave hit me in front of him and I was of course doing the "squeeze my hand" test to see how much strength. I squeezed his hand so tight he looked up and saw my face. He figured it out then, I wasnt lying, it came in waves and gave me a fun cocktail of liquid nitrogen and acid reducers and stuff to drink before it ate the cup up (oh boy) but it was a miracle medicine LOL So uh acid reflux is another guess, just dont go by ambulance like I do LOL
 
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mama6
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   Posted 7/29/2010 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
tongue   tongue smilewinkgrin Smurfy, You had me rolling. That is funny. Now, of course, not then. Wow I probably could have done that 100x but I hate Dr.'s so I never went. figured the heart attack would "pass". Thank goodness I took prevacid and it was gone.
wink  Dbac I'm sorry, I wish I could tell you something. I just wanted to send gentle hugs, and say maybe you should be checked out..just in case it's not anything else. Take care. Heather
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RoseCrone
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   Posted 7/29/2010 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
dbac-
Smurfy had me laughing too, only because I have been to the ER twice only to be diagnosed with muscle spasms.  Once was in the center of my chest and once in my left shoulder.   Embarrassing.  I will probably die of a heart attack because I will think I am having another muscle spasm and don't want another embarrassing ER trip!  Only kidding....if I really thought I was having a heart attack I would go.
Anyway, I have done some research on rib pain, as I have it a lot.  It varies in location and intensity.  I don't have to be doing anything or have done anything that seems to cause it. 
Costochondritis is a possibility.  It is not deadly, just a pain in the ribs.  Usually only one, but what it boils down to is the cartilage that attaches the ribs to the breastbone can get twisted or otherwise messed up (sorry not a good medical term but you can look it up :-) ).  I have had this happen where a rib ends up twisted and pressing on my lungs so it hurts to breathe.  One doc misdiagnosed that as a trigger point when it was actually a rib out of place.  If only one doc had ALL of the knowledge!   Now that I know what it is I don't panic anymore, my PT has put more than one rib back into place.
Another possibility really is just ("just?") muscle spasms.  There are so many muscles attached to our ribs.  I have myofascial pain dysfunction and in the past my PT has found trigger points where the muscles attach to the ribs.  They are deep so very hard to treat, if at all.
Sometimes what helps me is to locate the part of the muscle on the rib that hurts the most and apply gentle pressure for 15-20 seconds.  Not massaging, just gentle pressure.  It will hurt.  Again, sometimes it helps, sometimes, not.
I chalk it up to another fibro symptom, but if you are concerned see your regular doc.  ER docs sometimes miss the simple things since they are looking for major trauma. 
Good luck!
 
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EML
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   Posted 7/30/2010 5:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I have constant discomfort in my ribs.
That is one of my "tender" points.
I can't stand it when someone touches me or pokes me in the ribs.

Most people that I am around or are in my life know not to touch me there.

And most of the time they only really hurt when someone does touch me or I bump against something.
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Fibro Acid Reflux Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease



meds:

aleve flexeril as needed ambien to help sleep

vitamin d and iron



prevacid





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Think about you DID do today !


dbac
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   Posted 7/30/2010 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had my reflux acting up this past week so I am sure this could contribute. I have been burping alot lately and this relievs any pressure I have.

CA GIRL
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   Posted 7/31/2010 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
HELLO, This is my first time answering a question, hopefully this is right.
I have the same problems with muscle spasms, The spasms push your ribs partially out
I go to my chiroprator, and she uses a instrument that clicks against the rib and puts in back in
place what a relief it is

EML
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   Posted 8/1/2010 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
My nephews have nicknamed me "THE Belching Queen" lol

and when someone does burp, they automatically assume it was me, even if it wasn't.

Hugs!
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Fibro Acid Reflux Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease



meds:

aleve flexeril as needed ambien to help sleep

vitamin d and iron



prevacid





__________________________________________________



Don't think about what you used to be able to do............
Think about you DID do today !

Nana Monster
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   Posted 8/1/2010 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
My chest and ribs have been hurting for the last couple of weeks due to overwork and stress. Lots of stuff going on and it's
taking it's toll on me.

I went to the heart specialist nearly 6 years ago with severe chest pains. It had gotten to the point that I was worried about
a heart attack. My Mom died at 52 of a heart attack in her sleep. Mine was stress induced but I have low heart rate and
one side of my heart is upside down, so when I got stressed out it would squeeze really BAD.

My brother-in-law had his first heart attack at 23. He passed away 2 years ago at 54 after 3 major heart attacks and 5 strokes.
This is seriously not something to mess with. If you're not sure please get help. It's better to be safe than sorry.
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