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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 9/19/2009 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new here and I have a question. Last night I got out the shower and tried to dry off my back well there was a pain the was unbelievable it started from my breastbone and it wrapped all arond to my back in that small area (breastbone area) I couldn't be touched it hurt so bad I also couldnt lie down or sit back it felt as if someone was tearing my skin off of me. Has anyone had this happen and if so how did you get the pain to go away. I have Lupus,Sjogren's Symdrome,and RA.

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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 395
   Posted 9/20/2009 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi! and Hugs,
Welcome to our group, and I hope you find as much comfort here as I have. Your pain sounds similar to my pleurisy type chest pain, and my chronic neuropathic pain from my CNS lupus. But any pain that bad should mean a call to your doctor. I have a prn pain patch prescription, Flector, which is a NSAID, that helps me alot. When I have a joint that hurts that much, I just slap on the patch, one every 12 hours, and the inflammation is better overnight. And I have been on Neurontin since I was diagnosed in 2005, which helps that scalded feeling immensely, thank God. You deserve to have your pain managed, so don't hesitate to ask,
More hugs,

God knows, even if I don't....
CNS Lupus 2005, APS, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
Meds: Plaquenil, Neurontin, Thyroid, Piroxicam, Aspirin, Atenolol and Norvasc, Prednisone 5mg daily and Paxil, Ambien every night.

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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 9/20/2009 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Sue thank you so much for the information. I will be calling my dr. I am already glad I signed up for the group,I have been looking for a long time and now success.

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 9/20/2009 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree about calling your doc since chest pain is nothing to mess around with.  The other thing I thought of when I read about your pain was costochondritis.  It's very painful and hurts really bad when you press on it.  Here's a description I found of costochondritis from an online article from Mayo clinic:
"Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone (sternum). It causes sharp pain in the costosternal joint — where your ribs and breastbone are joined by rubbery cartilage. Pain caused by costochondritis may mimic that of a heart attack or other heart conditions.
Your doctor might refer to costochondritis by other names, including chest wall pain, costosternal syndrome and costosternal chondrodynia. When the pain of costochondritis is accompanied by swelling, it's referred to as Tietze syndrome.
Most cases of costochondritis have no apparent cause. In these cases, treatment focuses on easing your pain while you wait for costochondritis to resolve on its own."

dx: UCTD (lupus), sjogrens, reynauds,
meds: prednisone, plaquenil, methotrexate, tramadol, neurontin,
doxepin, folic acid   

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