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boyciehorse
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   Posted 1/11/2011 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,

I am new to this forum but not new to GERD. I've been having GERD symptoms for a while now - a couple of years I would guess. The heartburn comes and goes and is definitely not the worst of it for me - I find that my most prevalent symptom is that I clear my throat constantly, especially after eating, which can be very annoying - and sometimes worries me. I also likely have irritable bowel syndrome as most other causes of my abdominal pain have been excluded.

In the past couple of days I've developed a painful sensation in my ribs - I can't really tell if its bone pain or the cartilage or what - in other words if its in my ribs or behind my ribs, but I am really scared. I am going to see my doctor tomorrow to ask her about it but when I google rib pain I get also sorts of nasty and really scary hits that I never could have anticipated.

I had CT scan done on my chest and abdomen area about six months back - is it likely that if something were seriously wrong in that area of my body (rib area), it would have shown up incidentally on a CT scan. Can someone please offer any insight? I really want to get some sleep tonight and right now, it's not looking like that's going to happen because I am so scared.

LdyJane
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   Posted 1/11/2011 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the most accepting and peaceful place on earth.
This forum helped me through many, many times when "I'm scared" was screaming from my heart. We have all been through a lot, someone here will be able to talk directly to your fears.
Let me tell you my take: I had atypical reflux symptoms, however, the constant clearing of your throat is a symptom that is not uncommon at all. Here's an exercise that will help that: Take a glass of water and a bendy straw (yes bend-y) put the straw in the water and tip your chin down as low as you can. Take sips of the water, do several at a time. This does a couple of things; it opens up your throat and the water helps to clear the mucous or gunk that is kind of stuck up there. This allows for the rinsing of the stuff down your throat. Simple, but it works, so have a straw available and when you find you are clearing your throat, do this exercise. Courtesy of treatment at National Jewish!!)
Back to the atypical symptoms; I did not have sternum pain; it was odd that I didn't and because I didn't have pain, Dr.'s didn't realize the reflux was as severe as it was...for many people this is a very typical symptom of GERD.
I think the best thing you can do is to get a referral to a gastroenterologist; see what they have to say; be prepared for standard reflux tests, which are annoying, but not horrible.
Rest tonight, call tomorrow!
Janice

boyciehorse
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   Posted 1/12/2011 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi there

 

Thanks for the reply. I will definitely try the bendy straw. As for the pain, it's not behind my sternum as such and it's not a typical pain associated with heartburn, meaning it's not a burning pain. It actually hurts when I touch my ribs in certain places. The bone and /or muscle is tender and sore and I can pinpoint very specific areas where it really hurts. It kind of extends round from my front ribs to my back and the pain is also up in my right shoulder. I'm not sure what to make of all this but I am imagining all sorts of scary possibilities. I have seen a GI and she is going to do a colonoscopy and upper GI scope whenever I get my appointment. This may not be for several months. In the interim I am getting my ribs x-rayed tomorrow and so should know whether there is anything visible there.

Do you know if an xray will show up things like masses in your bone? That is what I am so scared of right now because the pain is so strange and new. I've never felt anything like it.

 

Thanks


couchtater
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   Posted 1/12/2011 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
MRIs can see soft tissue problems.
Xrays can see some of them but not in detail.
Joy

LdyJane
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   Posted 1/12/2011 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
My ribs pop all the time and it presents with the information you've provided...have you ever been to a chiropractor? they can put them back with no trouble....how about a physical therapist?..they can too.
Hopefully it's no more than that!
Janice

speden
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   Posted 1/13/2011 9:38 AM (GMT -6)   
A fairly common source of rib pain can be costochondritis, otherwise know as slipping rib syndrome. It happens when a rib bone isn't ridigidly fixed in place and moves around a little. This can cause tenderness and pain in various places. It can be uncomfortable, but is usually harmless. Hard to tell from what you say if that is the cause of your pain, but it's a possibility.

Sheila1366
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   Posted 1/13/2011 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I was having the same probblem. Was told costochondrtis at first. Went to a gastro. dr and he did an endoscopy. Found I have gastrtis and a heital hernia. Get it checked out. Hope you feel better.
Fibromyalgia,Gastroparesis,Heital Hernia,Gastritis,Gerd,IBS,Depression,Dsyautonomia,Raynauds Syndrome

boyciehorse
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   Posted 1/13/2011 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone. I truly appreciate your responses. I get so anxious sometimes. Just saying it out loud makes me feel better sometimes.
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