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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 5/27/2010 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all-
I probably have costrochondritis-  rib pain...off and on for a few years.  But last few weeks, I wake up....& just some minor rib cage pain...then...as the day goes on, it intensifies...& changes location...(or sometimes just goes away)
It usually starts in my lower ribs---but not on the sternum....the lower outside ribs-
Then...during the day, it moves....towards the back & then..lower back-!
It feels more like the "soreness"...one feels...after a workout!  It's not tender to the touch, but is very tender to movement!       I only get relief......with a hot shower....(and sometimes 2 Bayer aspirin.  I just like aspirin..it 'works' for me)--
My question---!    Is what I describe.....at all ...'common"...in that the rib cage pain..."moves"....during the day?   Also---the location...not on the sternum...but rib cage itself.....& more sensitive to 'movement'...than.....touching!    There is one "trigger point"...an area of my lower right rib...that I fractured twice when I was younger!
I also--have other symptoms of Fibromyalgia---(Chronic fatigue.....loss of balance...etc)--
I have had a multitude of diagnostic tests..(for my neuro issues....myoclonus...cramps...etc)--such as 2 MRIs...(brain & cervical)   2 EEGs......blood test for thyroid...EMGs...--ALL "normal"...except for..
BTW....I've been seeing neurologists for my neuro symptoms---I ask here.,,,..can a PCP....diagnose fibro and/or costro--or MUST I go to a "Rhematologist"--?---Regards-Robert
Radiculopathy....in my lumbar & cervical spine!     Get back- -I'm curious to hearing from you who have had this...(Fibro...& Costro)--for awhile--regards-  Robert

Post Edited (Wotan) : 5/27/2010 7:13:36 PM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined May 2010
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   Posted 5/27/2010 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't begin to explain to you how similar my story is to yours. I have had a sever pain in my lower left ribs for over two years now. The doctors first thought I had pulled a muscle... but a few months went by and it only got worse. I had a ct scan and they found that my spleen was enlarged. This could be the source to your pain too. They are still trying to figure out why my spleen is enlarged and why I am in so much pain all the time. I am currently about 90 percent sure I have fibromayalgia. I heard there is no diagnostic test for it and it won't show up on blood work or any other test. And I have never heard of costrochondritis... but am now going to look into it. I wish you all the best and hope everything works out for you.
~Peace will come to me. I will light up the world someday.~

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Date Joined Apr 2010
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   Posted 5/27/2010 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Yup, this is all too familiar.
 I have what I call "floating pains" all over my rib cage and torso.
 It's what makes fibro sooo much fun to have.
 You never know where /when you will have pain and for how long.
At least that's my experience!

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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 5/27/2010 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Tair--

Anyone else that can identify with what I'm feeling?

Was talking on the phone w my cousin, just 20 mins ago-

She has Fibro- & said the exact same thing you said, Tair, that "Fibro pain" goes all over!


And to "Squirrie", no--it's not my spleen!   Not focused on one place..& have had dx tests!

I'm hoping to hear from more "Fibro sufferers".......like Tair, who can understand what I'm explaining!

It really helps me--!   Thanks again, Robert





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