Rib Pain caused from cold weather, sneezing, and coughing

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   Posted 2/16/2018 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, my rib pain started about 5 years. I would be standing outside in the winter waiting for the bus and my whole rib cage felt like someone was trying to lift it off my spine or someone was giving me a bear hug and pulling up on my rib cage. I am still affected by the cold but I don't stand outside any more for prolonged periods of time. I still get rib pain quite often though. Things that trigger it are the cold weather, coughing, sneezing, standing too long, or sitting too long. My GP thinks I have floating rib syndrome and says I need to strengthen my core. He sent me to a rheumatologist because I had an elevated RH and SED rate. The Rheumatologist says there is nothing wrong such as auto immune, fibro, or RA. I go to the chiropractor and he adjusts me and I feel better for a while. He believes it is poor posture.

The pain occurs more often on my right side but sometimes it occurs on the left side or both sides as it is right now. I was feeling good today but then a cough brought about pain on both sides of my rib cage. Has anybody experienced anything similar. Do you have any ideas where to go next? I thought about an Orthopedic doctor but I'm not sure what to do. Any ideas would be much appreciated.

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   Posted 2/16/2018 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello rfcnow & welcome to the forum. Sorry to read about what you have been dealing with for so long. It's aggravating putting up with stuff for long. Keep in mind since no one has really given you a true diagnosis, I will throw this one out there. None of us are drs, but go to the MayoClinic.com & in the search box, type in costochondritis. Read up & see if this matches your symptoms. This is pretty much the only idea I can think of at the moment. Try moist heat the next time it hits, if that doesn't help try an ice pack.

Please let us know how this all pans out. Take care.
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   Posted 2/16/2018 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for your response. I checked out the symptoms for Costochondritis. My usually occurs either in the back or side of my rib cage not on the front near the breastbone. It does affect multiple ribs though and is affected by coughing. If anyone else has any ideas please let me know.


The pain associated with costochondritis usually:
•Occurs on the left side of your breastbone
•Is sharp, aching or pressure-like
•Affects more than one rib
•Worsens when you take a deep breath or cough

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   Posted 2/20/2018 4:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Could be referred pain from your back.
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