Squelched, I have had severe rib pain and chest wall pain and have learned that mine is caused by costochondritis. I think a lot of people with fibro have costochondritis. Here's a brief explanation I found of costochondritis:
"Costochondritis is an inflammation of the junctions where the upper ribs join with the cartilage that holds them to the breastbone or sternum. The condition causes localized chest pain that you can reproduce by pushing on the cartilage in the front of your ribcage. Costochondritis is a relatively harmless condition and usually goes away without treatment. The cause is usually unknown."
You can do an internet search and find out more about
it. I don't know if this is what you have, but it would be worth talking to your doctor about
and seeing if he/she has any suggestions for the pain for you. If your patch and the oxycodone don't help, I'm not sure what else might help. I don't know if you could throw an anti inflammatory into the mix or not (I'm not sure if it would interact with your other meds).
It's terrible to have that kind of pain and not have anything to relieve it. Hang in there and keep us updated.
Diagnosis: UCTD (lupus) 2006; Raynauds 2006; Sjogren's 2006; lupus symptoms began 2003; CFS 1991; Mono 1985
Meds: Plaquenil 400mg; Prednisone 5-10mg; Tramadol 100mg 3-4x daily;
Amitriptyline 10mg; Neurontin 300mg; Prevacid; Steriod Cream and Mouth Rinse for tongue and mouth ulcers; Hydrocodone 5/500 prn for severe pain; Restasis eye drops
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