Feels like there's a rubber band squeezing my rib cage...Anyone else ever have this???

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Fox7
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   Posted 7/10/2014 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been getting woken up lately by this feeling of a rubber band or something like a bear hug just squeezing at the bottom of my rib cage (under my boobs). It feels like it starts in my back and goes all the way around to the front, and it's hard to take a deep breath.

Once I'm up for about a half hour and take my ibuprofen and xanax, it seems to calm down, and eventually goes away. But the next morning, it's the same all over again...

I went to the chiropractor today to see if it is something out in my back, and got an adjustment, but I'm curious as to whether anyone else has had this sensation from their fibro, or if I should be more concerned about it?

I have been going through a lot lately, and have been extremely stressed, because we just found out 3 weeks ago that my dad has pancreatic cancer, and it's already spread to his liver and lungs, so it's inoperable, and he's refusing chemo and radiation because they only gave him 2-6 months. I have been watching him go downhill every single day, and this has my anxiety and panic disorder at an all time high, and it's really making my fibro flare up.

Just wondering if it's because I'm "flaring" right now, or if it could be something else entirely.

Thanks in advance for any responses.

(((Hugs))) Fox
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Ljm2014
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   Posted 7/10/2014 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi fox,

Sorry to hear about your dad..it is so stressful to go through with a loved one.

As for the rib area pain...a lot of us with fibro seem to have rib pain..i do not recall ever waking with that same sensation that you are saying...my fibro can flare in the chest wall which can get scarey also..it does feel like a tight band there at times..i've even had ekg s for it..

Will say prayers for you at this stressful time... Try to take care of yourself.

Even in these times of stress, you need to take you time..and pace your day out as best you can...stress can make us flare oddly. If you don't feel right about it maybe get checked out.

Night for now, lj

couchtater
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   Posted 7/11/2014 1:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree the stress could be making you flare or it could be anxiety.

I'm sorry to hear about your father. It sounds like he has accepted his fate and is just wanting to enjoy his last days with his family. Enjoy this time with him.
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Luvzminis
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   Posted 7/11/2014 5:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I get bouts of gastritis that sound a lot like that. Have you ever had an upper endoscopy?
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Sherrine
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   Posted 7/11/2014 5:08 AM (GMT -6)   
It could be costochondritis. I will get that so etimes and it hurts to breathe. Usually if I press on the sternum I'm tender there also. There is a link all about it in Fibro 101. Read that and see if that is what you are experiencing. My doctor just had me take ibuprofen with food for it.

Feel better!

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   Posted 7/11/2014 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I get it too, right under my boobs. If I bend over too far, or turn the wrong way. Makes it so you can't move for a few seconds. Scary...

I hope that you feel better soon.

Hugs, Karen...
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Fox7
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   Posted 7/11/2014 8:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for all the kind words and prayers, it is much appreciated.

Couchtater, Yes, he has been surprisingly positive about the whole thing, and says that he doesn't want to be sick from radiation or chemo. He says he'd rather enjoy the last few months of his life with his family.

Luvzminis, I have not had an endoscopy, which is surprising to me, seeing as how I told the doctor months ago that I was having trouble with my stomach and she sent me to a gastro for a freaking colonoscopy! Now tell me if I'm crazy here, but I don't see WHAT looking up my rear end is going to tell you about my stomach...

I even told the gastro doc that my stomach wasn't right, and he said "well, she sent you here for a colonoscopy, so that's what we're gonna do". I'm thinking of calling a different gastro doc now, seeing as I no longer need a referral from my primary doc for a specialist. All I was told was that they found nothing on the colonoscopy, and that I just have IBS. Well.... how do they know what's wrong with my stomach if they never even checked it?! *shrugs*

Anyway back to the reason for my post.... I spoke to my dad's cousin, who is head of hospice care in our area and has been a nurse for many years, and she told me that my rib pain is probably coming from my bed. I told her I just got a new bed about a month or two ago and I got a firm mattress because that's what my chiropractor suggested. But then she asked if I'd had that problem BEFORE I got the bed, and I thought..... "No, never"..... so I guess I'll be buying a memory foam pad for the top and see how that goes.

Sorry to jump all over the place here, just a little anxious at the moment and I forget (thanks to fibro-fog) what I want to write next. Haha!

Anyway, let me stop rambling, and just say thank you all again! Hope you all have a wonderful day with no pain!

I know, I know, wishful thinking right? But a gal's gotta dream! :)

((hugs)) Fox
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Lord, Please calm my heart & my soul today. So many things are out of my control and I need your love to soothe me and calm me. YOUR love lets me know it will be OK.

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Azgram
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   Posted 7/11/2014 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I get this a lot. It hurts so bad across my back that I almost never wear a bra,& am in tears after wearing one for a few hours. Even tshirts with shelf bras are intolerable. I have no suggestions except to go bra less as much as possible. yeah

Fox7
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   Posted 7/11/2014 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
LOL! That makes me laugh Azgram, because for years now, I have had to wear the tank tops with the shelf bra built in. I have to wear SOMETHING because I am a bit busty (36DD), and that's the only thing I can really tolerate. Sometimes I even wear just the good old "wife beater" alone. No bras for me either! wink
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Lord, Please calm my heart & my soul today. So many things are out of my control and I need your love to soothe me and calm me. YOUR love lets me know it will be OK.

DX: GAD, Panic Disorder w/Agoraphobia, MDD, OCD, PTSD, Fibromyalgia, PMDD, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated Discs and other back issues, Vitamin D3 & B12 Deficiencies, Allergies, GERD, IBS

Ljm2014
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   Posted 7/11/2014 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
When i get rib pain its almost always on the right side..thank heavens i found a bali bra that is comfy..cause i really do not like to go braless...i am a little busty for it..: )

SoSt9
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   Posted 7/11/2014 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I am actually getting that very pain right now. In the past, I have gone to the ER for it, but the only pain med that makes it go away is only available at a hospital (not morphine), so it comes back - usually later the next day). I forget the name of that med. Anyway, when I refuse to go in, like tonight, what sometimes helps, or at least calms it down, is a heating pad and/or some Alka-Seltzer (some strength with aspirin in it). Tonight, instead of the Alka-seltzer, I took some Valium (lately, my chest pains (not costochondritis pains) have been helped by that med). I hope you feel better sooner than later. :(
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Alicat105
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   Posted 9/3/2014 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
If you have fibromyalgia, then it's almost definitely costochondritis. It was so the first symptom I experincd in my journey towards getting my Fibro diagnosed starting five years ago. Between unsuccessful pain treatment on my neck and shoulder by my spine doc, X-rays on my chest ordered by my PC and gyno for chest pain in rib cage and back, and jilions of tests run and procedures done ordered by my neurologist all over a three year period, I finally saw a rheumatologist and within an hour she diagnosed "raging" fibromyalgia. But the chest pain are what put the wheels in motion. That and my spine docs suspicion of Fibro since the degenerative disc disease was something he couldn't fix. I was so relieved to have a diagnosis and a "cocktail" of all the same medications I was already on, with only a few changes in dosage, times, and quantity. I'm blessed to have good doctors but I'd get so sick of always going to a doctor and them ordering tests and doing stuff, I'd quit for six months before I had to go back because of the pain. I'm okay now, but hate the excessive heat and humidity in Texas. We're going to have to move, I can't handle the summers anymore and rain and cool doesn't bother me as long as it's not a low pressure system or high hot humidity. So were looking at the west coast further north or more Inland. The cold doesn't bother me as long as it's mostly dry and crisp.(southern WA or northern OR?). The cool dampness isn't an issue either cuz you can always layer clothes, but the HELL we are in now is unbearable. And it's hot for four months out of the year..... Cold for about two, and the rest of the time, it's just a crapshoot. We get about 20 days a year of nice weather. Sick of it. I'll take more cold and rain for a few months than unbearable heat - you really can't get good nice cold days here very often.
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Luvzminis
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   Posted 9/3/2014 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm still casting a vote for an upper endoscopy. I had mine done just after my colonoscopy (same room, back-to-back). I received a photo of the spots of gastritis that were found.

Even now, I still get flares, but they are generally reminders that I'd better be eating the right foods (low residue). Summer has been a bit tricky in that respect, as the fresh veggies are hard to pass up. I cook well whatever I can and try to remove seeds, peelings, etc.

Anyway, that's just my story. Not sure if it's anything like what you're experiencing, though it sounds similar. I'm back on farina, white toast, mashed potatoes, soft meats, etc. and it does help.

I hope you feel much better soon!
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   Posted 9/3/2014 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you considered it might be your gall bladder? I had a similar feeling for months leading up to my final trip to the hospital, where they said I needed gall stones removed from my common duct and my gall bladder removed. I used to describe the pain as being like a boa constrictor wrapped arounded my midriff, squeezing me, then releasing, squeezing, releasing…then would go away for days…weeks…but always come back.

Ratoncitta
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   Posted 9/4/2014 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I have rib pain whenever I wear a bra or anything tight around that area. Thankfully, I don't have large breasts so can often get away without a bra.
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