I've noticed that on really bad joint days (when I wake up and feel like I've been hit by a truck), I have lower rib pain that extends all the way around my body. It's most prominent in the front, and it hurts so much that it forces me to stop slouching (in other words, slouching (I'm a notorious sloucher) makes it worse). When it really hurts, I have to suck in my breath and hold the front of my body very tense. What is this? Has anyone else experienced this before? As I said, it usually occurs when my hips, shoulders, and neck are seriously acting up. Tramadol helps it.
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: Early Lupus/MCTD
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan