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   Posted 3/20/2008 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone. I am hoping someone can help me out with a weird "symptom" if you will...

My pain has been out of control since early last evening. I was only able to get a grand total of 20 minutes of sleep last night b/c the pain kept me up. I kept continuously taking pain meds as often as I am permitted and also took some flexeril, but to no avail. Anyhow, finally I gave up trying and just got up and got myself ready for work. Took it easy at the office and kept up with the continuous doses of meds (oxycontin ER and percocet for breakthrough) as often as permitted, but I am still in a lot of pain. Not ER worthy level 10 pain thankfully, but definitely a strong 8-9 on their little scale.

Anyhow, this afternoon I developed a strange new issue with my side. It doesn't hurt - the pain is all in the back, but it is definitely uncomfortable! I am not sure how to describe it... It feels like my ribs on the right side have sort of collapsed or folded over on top of each other.... Like I want to constantly lean to the left at the waist and lift up my right shoulder to expand the rib cage to where it feels normal again.

Does that sound familiar to anyone? Any ideas what I've done to myself now??? This is the weirdest feeling... I am hoping it will go away if I can finally get back my pain back down to my usual 6-7 range so at least I can sleep a little. I have some anti-nausea medicine that usually knocks me out (which is a feat, b/c nothing else does!) so I'm thinking I'll take some even though my stomach isn't too bad tonight. It's supposed to have some pain-killer in it too, so maybe it will be the extra boost I need to rein things in.

If anyone has ever had something like this, I would really be interested to hear what you think. Thank you so much.


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   Posted 3/20/2008 11:55 PM (GMT -6)   

PLEASE get yourself to an ER and/or doctor right away or call 911. I don't want to scare you and I may be wrong but that's where my mom's pain was just before she had a massive heart attack. Yours might be muscle pain but please don't wait to find out!

Her pain was not a 10 either, just 7 or 8 but just kept up. In her back and ribs. Nausea was the final telling feature also. Her dang doctor kept treating it as a pulled muscle until she finally collapsed. Idiot HMO's. Group DEATH (Health) cares only about the money, not the patients. They are also the ones who never told my dad he had prostate cancer for nearly 2 years. Then it was too late to do anything. They said...oh, something else will kill you before the cancer does. They were terribly wrong and he paid the price.

OK, sorry for the rant but Ryand, please get yourself some help...ok???

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   Posted 3/21/2008 1:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I support Chutz's advice. You know, I think we're so used to chronic pain we think all pain is due to the same problem - our spine, etc. Maybe it is, but it's best to get it checked out.

Let us know how it works out.

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   Posted 3/24/2008 1:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Chutz and PAl. I am going to see the doctor this week for a follow-up visit after the shots (that didn't work), so I will mention this episode to her. I have also been having some periods of pounding heart beats that feel as though my heart might well jump right out of my throat, so I think you are wise to suggest that I talk to the doctor. Rest assured I won't take it lightly.

I have been able to sleep a little bit every other night or so, but I have still not really gotten my back pain under control. The pain is still the same as is always is, but you are probably right about my tendency to try to ignore all other pain and write it off as insignificant. The weird rib thing has gone away, and I've not had too many of the pounding heart episodes in the last couple of days, so I feel okay about waiting until I see the doctor. I am going to call her office tomorrow to be sure she knows about it, though. I'll let you know what happens.

Thanks again for your recommendations.

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