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.