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dbac
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   Posted 10/30/2007 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I have been having issues with gerd in the past but am not sure what is going on now. i quit taking my meds for the past couple of months. Recently I have been having pain in my lower breast bone (the sides of my ribs actually hurt to the touch, mostly the right side) and I have acid reflux which can be releived if i drink something carbonated and burp.  I also feel like I have a lump in my throat. The pain is sometimes under my right rib, but my back between the shoulder blades hurt. I get this pain  about 1 hour after my breakfast and it last until 1 hour after dinner. Some days are not as bad as others, some I do not have any sypmtoms. i notice it hurts more when I am sitting. if I stand, I have no pains at all. i also notice it is more prevalent during the work week and not the weekends.  Everything else is normal. But I have had a slight cough also.
 
Any ideas?

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   Posted 10/30/2007 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello dbac, and welcome to healingwell. I am sorry you are having discomfort, but happy you found us for the support and information you need.

Indeed, a lot of what you are describing sounds like your GERD acting up, indeed. I have a question, why did you stop taking your meds?

The fact that you are saying your ribs hurt to the touch makes me wanna think about costriconditis...but, everything else pretty much points to GERD.

I guess the best things I can say are to read the post by me on ways to minimize GERD symptoms...and also, maybe check in with your doctor and assure that this is infact what's going on with you. And depending on why you are off your meds, maybe get back on those...

When you were on your meds, were they working for you?

Again, welcome to healingwell. Stick around, and learn with us. Ask questions whenever you feel the need. Also, reading old posts tends to give lots of help.

I look forward to getting to know you dbac.

Wishing you all the best.
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dbac
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   Posted 10/30/2007 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I stoppped taking the meds just hoping to not be on meds all the time. I also take a diuretic for pre high blood pressure and I am not happy about that either but it take it daily. I just did not want t be on meds all the time. I started the meds again a couple of days again and admit I feel somewhat better. Funny thing also if the day after I golf, my ribs also would ahce for 2 days. ( if you would see my golf swing you would understand).
 
I will try the meds for a couple more days to see if it eliminates this.
 
 
thanks

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   Posted 10/30/2007 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey there dbac...I know being on meds isn't fun. I hate taking medications of any kind, but right now, I have no choice. I am on anxiety meds, and can't live without them. Some days it frustrates me so much, because I feel like I am not in control of myself, because I feel like the meds are. But, sometimes, everyone needs help. Right now, you might need the help of the meds. I would try them, and see if you find improvement.

One more thing, and don't be offended by me asking this, but did you taper off your meds, or did you just go cold turkey? Also, did you doctor assist in you coming off your meds, or was he not even aware of you going off them.

The reason I ask is because it is best to taper off, and never do it without your doctor knowing.

Please stick around, and continue to let us know how you are doing!
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dbac
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   Posted 10/30/2007 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
i am only on prilosec, my dr thinks this is just as good as prescription meds. i just stopped taking them.  Again, since starting agins this weekend, the gas is gone, but my rib pain still is there. I wish that would go away as it was pretty bad for a while. The pain is right at the base of my breastbone, sometimes on the left side my most of the time it is the right side. Also odd that i do not get this pain when walking or jogging or excercising. I get it some time when I bend alot.
 
WHat will help the rib pain to go away?

herendeen0
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   Posted 10/30/2007 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello I am a new member of this forum and I am trying to find out more information about Gerd.  My wife has had pain in her right upper area for about three years now.  After lots of teats...no diagnosis.  Has been called "chronic pain"  I am wondering if this could be Gerd.  What medication do you take for this?   Thank you,  Randy

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   Posted 10/30/2007 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey there dbac...yes, I would suggest taking the OTC Prilosec for a while, and see what comes of that. Be sure to let us know in a few days or so, how you are feeling.

Do you recall hurting your ribs in anyway? I would suggest heat compresses, or ice packs, and maybe even motrin or something, just to see if that takes the pain away. I don't know what the pain is from, so it's hard to say. I would suggest motrin, (I know you hate pills.) but if you take the motrin and the pain goes away, it could be a pulled muscle, or something like that.

Again, if you can't find relief, or a reason for the pain even being there, visiting the doctor wouldn't hurt.

Keep us posted.

Herenedeen...welcome to healingwell. I am going to move your post to your own that way others are sure to read it, and maybe you will get more replies.
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   Posted 10/30/2007 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I was in a car accident a year ago, but was not hurt bad but the seat belt did hurt my ribs.  I am unsure why my back is aching so bad on some days. Massages and adjustments do not help. On the front of my chest it chanegd sides that it hurts today and some time i am feeling it up close to my throat.

dbac
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   Posted 10/30/2007 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I finally talked to my doc tonight. He seems to feel that I have a condition of being inflamed around that piece between my ribs at the lower end of my breast bone. I am not sure what he called it but it was not costra..(not sure how to spell it)
 
It hurts when i moved to differant positions. He seems to think that by taking the meds again it will help with the reflux and thus eliminating the pain.  He did not recommend anything else but I was hoping someone here could give advice for eliminating the pain.

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   Posted 10/30/2007 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there dbac. Yes, I mentioned the condition your doctor is talking about in my first post back to you...it is called costochondritis. It is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone (sternum). It causes sharp pain in the costosternal joint — where your ribs and breastbone are joined by rubbery cartilage. Pain caused by costochondritis may mimic that of a heart attack or other heart conditions.

Your doctor might refer to costochondritis by other names, including chest wall pain, costosternal syndrome and costosternal chondrodynia. When the pain of costochondritis is accompanied by swelling it's referred to as Tietze's syndrome.


Pain associated with costochondritis occurs most often on the left side of your breastbone, though it can occur on either side of your chest.

Other signs and symptoms of costochondritis may include:

Pain when taking deep breaths
Pain when coughing
Difficulty breathing


So yes, I suspected this being part of your problem as well.

I hope all is well with you.

Feel free to ask more questions should you have any...

Wishing you all the best.
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   Posted 11/1/2007 6:40 AM (GMT -6)   

Another question....

 

As I mentioned my back between the shoulder blades has been aching at time.  When I woke this morning. I had a pain on my right side about 2 inches from my breastbone under my ribs. if I push this area in slighly, the pain gets worse.  Could my gall bladder be going bad?  Not sure what else to look for with this.


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   Posted 11/1/2007 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey there dbac, I am so sorry for what you are feeling.

Here are some facts on gall bladder issues...

Symptoms may include one or more of the following: chest pain in the right side (caused by stones in the bile duct or inflammation or swelling of the gallbladder itself). Nausea or queasiness, vomiting and gas are frequent. There may or may not be belching or burping. The gall bladder, which sits just below the rib cage to the right of the stomach, is very tender to touch. It can be so painful that it takes your breath away.

You may not be able to walk without bending over. Sometimes the pain radiates through to the back
shoulder blade on the right side or in the middle between the shoulder blades. This is pain from the gallbladder being referred to the back of the shoulder. This back shoulder blade chest pain is one of the most common yet unknown symptoms of a gallbladder disorder. This can come and go or be constant. It may be sharp, excruciating or dull. It may also occur especially at night.

An gallbladder attack will typically last for one to four hours.



Pain in the right side of the chest or in the upper right
quadrant (area) of the body can be due to more than
gallbladder problems. The differential diagnosis should be
done by examination and questioning by your doctor.
If the pain is severe, tests may be done to rule out stomach, pancreas, liver or gallbladder. If you have come to this site, you have some suspicion yourself that your gallbladder is involved. The questionnaire provided for you is a helpful indicator since additional gallbladder symptoms help to confirm your suspicions. Pain alone is not usually enough. If the pain is located mid-center beneath the rib cage, this can also be gallbladder related. Appendicitis pain can also be referred to the mid-center.


I think your best bet from here is to call your doc and get in there if you are unsure, or feel your problems may be related to your gall bladder.

Please, keep us posted!
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dbac
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   Posted 11/1/2007 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, the symptoms describe me to a T.  My other problem is my health insurance expires today as I am chaniging job. I will have to wait until next week when I start my new job to go see the doc.
 
thanks much.

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   Posted 11/1/2007 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there dbac. I hope you get your insurance situated soon. My best suggestion for now, until your inusurance kicks in is if things become too much, if your symptoms become worse in any way, please, do not hesitate to go to the ER. Your life is worth more than staying home because of lack of insurance, ya know? So, please, use your head, and stay safe.

As always, keep us posted...

I wish you all the best.
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