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Lovelabs
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   Posted 11/8/2009 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I have asked about the rib pain before. I suffer with this on and off every month. The pain comes out of nowhere. Sometimes one side, sometimes both. They feel bruised when it hurts. My question is this...has anyone ever experienced the pain that it actually hurts a bit worse when you breathe in?

Hoping this is just a Lyme thing and nothing serious. It is on the right side now. I get nervous about my gallbladder, but I had a scan about a month and a half ago and all looked good there. Thanks for any replied as I am a but freaking out.

One more thing....does it ever end? It's been over 2 years and I think I am in my "I'm sick of this crap days"

NJGirl04
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   Posted 11/8/2009 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lovelabs,

I am experiencing the same thing right now. My # 1 symptom is rib pain and it is constant. It radiates around my ribs and to my back. I even had my gallbladder removed becuase of this pain, hoping it would solve the problem and no changes.

This past week it has affected my breathing and when I take a breath it is unbearable pain. It is on my left side so I am nervous that it is affecting my heart... but then I think of all the er visits and them telling me there is nothing wrong with me and maybe it is just a symptom of the Lyme.

I go back to my LLMD next week so I am hoping he will have some insight for me. I'll let you know what I learn from him.

Lovelabs
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   Posted 11/8/2009 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
NJ Girl,
Not happy that you feel the same but kind of glad I am not alone. I can't take a deep breath or it feels like a knife like pain. I don't see my doc for 3 weeks so I am interested to see what your doc says. I will call him if it doesn't let up. It has felt this way since 4am thismorning.. I have gotten it before but it hasn't lasted this long.

If it is your ribs I don't think it can affect your heart. Probably just scary cuz it is on that side. Ughhhh this disease is mad! Thanks for the input

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   Posted 11/8/2009 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I am not sure if it was your post  inquiring about this before Lovelabs but a few of us mentioned that it could be costochondritis. I think Cajungirl has this also. When I have a flair up, it feels just like my heart and sent me to the ER on two occasions with them keeping me for a few days as my BP goes way up. After numerous cardiac work-ups, all ok, the diagnosis was costochondritis. It is an inflammation of the cartilage and that is why you feel it in the ribs, chest, back and also when breathing. Google it and you will see that it says the pain can be "severe." But, certainly if you feel it may be a heart issue, have it checked out by all means. Good luck   D

NJGirl04
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   Posted 11/8/2009 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Dowa,

I just looked up the Costochondritis and wow, sounds just like what I have. Either that or the Tietze syndrome ( i have swelling as well). I am nervous because it really hurts when I breathe so I put a call in to my doctors emergency line just to see if I should go to the hospital to make sure it is not my heart. I am really thinking that if I do go, it is going to be like every other time I go when they tell me there is nothing wrong. I do have an appt tomorrow with a Rheumotologist so maybe he can shed some light on this.

Lovelabs
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   Posted 11/8/2009 7:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all. I do remember the mention of costochondritis, I guess I just didn't know if that would cause pain when you take a deep breath. I asked my LLMD about the rib pain and he was just more interested in when it started again. ( this was a symptom I had early on, then it went away for a few months. Now it is back worse than it ever was). He didn't explain why the pain is there. If I don't ask he doesn't elaborate too much. Love him to death but sometimes I leave with unanswered questions, thank god for you guys!

CajunGrl
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   Posted 11/9/2009 12:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Lovelabs,

Costochonditis can definitely hurt when you take a breath since everything is so inflammed. I've been struggling with this for a few months now and it's never lasted this long. It can also make you short of breath. Look it up on google. You may also want to look up Teitze syndrome.

Here are two great links that can help:

www.mayoclinic.com/health/costochondritis/DS00626/DSECTION=symptoms

Other costochondritis symptoms may include:

•Pain when taking deep breaths
•Pain when coughing
•Difficulty breathing


Teitze Syndrome link:

www.medicinenet.com/costochondritis_and_tietze_syndrome/article.htm

Still tell your doctor what's going on. I hope it eases up for you soon.
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CajunGrl
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   Posted 11/9/2009 12:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Btw, Emu Oil does help with pain. It's not permanent, but it does relieve it.
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NJGirl04
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   Posted 11/9/2009 6:21 AM (GMT -7)   
So my LLMD called me back last night and thought it was the costochondritis as well but didn't want to take a chance and have it be my heart or lungs so he sent me to the ER. My EKG was normal but bloodwork showed a possible clot so they had me do a nuclear test that looks for clost and that came back negative. Just as I thought, the Dr said he didn't see anything life threatening. He was one of the nicer doctors I have seen in the ER and did think it was related to the Lyme as well and considered it being costochondritis. I do go the Rheumotologist today so I will see what they say. I am going to go to my local health food store today to try the Emu Oil. At this point, it is so painful I am willing to try anything!

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   Posted 11/9/2009 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
NJGirl,

I'm glad a doctor actually listened and I'm happy that you are okay. I hope you find some relief with the emu oil.
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thePlum13
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   Posted 11/15/2009 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
My rib pain has returned again also. Once Iwent othe ER as it was so bad and he put me on 800mgs Ibuprofen. I ende up getting shots from a pain dr, into the interstitial spaces. This was all before I knew I had Lyme and it was part of "fibro". I have learned to be very careful how and how long I bend over, carry things, lifting, etc to prevent it coming on that bad again.

gorbybelle
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   Posted 11/20/2009 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I can relate to 'rib pain' I too had costochondritis - one of my first symptoms - I didn't know anything about lyme at that time. Now my worst pain is neck/shoulders - almost constant - I think I have tried just about everything to relieve it - lol!!

Best wishes 'all' x

Lovelabs
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   Posted 11/20/2009 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I have terrible neck and shoulder pain too. I remember before I knew I had Lyme my shoulder pain was so bad. A doctor actually told me it was probably because my purse was too heavy! Rib pain is bad, but on and off so I do get a break!

NJGirl04
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   Posted 11/20/2009 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I am still having the same pain from the Costrochondritis, it is terrible! I don't get any sleep at night, can barely move it's awful. I went to the Rheumotologist, and of course she says I just have Fibro.. no Lymes.. go figure, story of my life! LOL Have any of you with this found something to ease the pain other than narcotic drugs? I tried the Emu Oil and I don't have much relief. Motrin doesn't really help either. All of my doctors are so quick to give me Vicodin but I would rather have something that makes the pain go away, not mask it.

I hope we all catch a break soon!!

needshelp
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   Posted 11/21/2009 12:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Rib pain was one of my earliest symptoms. Interestingly, its what lead me to think I had Lyme when none of the MDs I was seeing had a clue. Evidently, they don't use google. ; )

For me the rib pain seemed worse in the morning and late at night. As much as I hated it....I'll take it any day over neck and upper back pain. 'I'm sick of this crap' too. However, it's interesting how one minute I just want to give up....and the next I pull myself together and try to move forward. It gets harder and more frustrating over time but I have to think that there is light at the end of this god awful mess. Keep fighting.

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   Posted 11/21/2009 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
NJGirl,

Where did you get the Emu Oil? Some members say that pure Emu Oil works best, but I find that Blue Emu Oil worked really well for me.

Here is where I purchased it:

www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d.html/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1258827341&a=B00027C9DM&sr=8-1
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NJGirl04
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   Posted 11/22/2009 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a health food store right down the street from where I live.. it's called Health Haven in Hainesport, NJ. I baught the lotion in a a little bottle. I am going to try the pure oil next. I think it is starting to work a little to take the edge off but not enough! The nutritionalist have an entire protocol for Lyme disease so I am going to make an appointment with them for a consultation for herbs and supplements. Apparently they see a lot of people in my area with Lyme disease. I'll try anything at this point!
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