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#1 HeatherT

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 03:34 PM

Hi There,
I was wondering if it was common to experience rib pain as a part of Diffuse Scleroderma? From what I have read, it doesn't seem to be that prevalent. I just started to have this pain, and its quite uncomfortable. By mid-day I have to get horizontal to rest my torso muscles.

I have asked my rheumatologist and he wasn't too worried about it. I did end up requesting some bloodwork to test for Polymysotisis...wait, I think that's spelled wrong but you probably know what I mean! I thought I would also throw it out to all you extremely helpful and knowledgable folks.

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Heather

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 01:21 AM

Hi Heather!!

I have Dermatomyositis and limited Scleroderma. I too get the rib- mid body pain. I have to use a shower stool some days and a stool in my kitchen to wash dishes and cook. Some days just making my bed is more then enough for me to do!! I have found that an OTC med seems to work better for me then any med my Dr has given me. I have a few myositis sites that I can send you. If your interested just PM me and I will send them your way.

I will keep fingers crossed that you do not have PM/DM. Scleroderma is more then enough for one person to have!!

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Patty
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Posted 01 May 2007 - 01:38 AM

Hi Heather,

I have that rib pain a lot.....for me it often feels as if I am wearing a corset and just being squeezed too hard. And, when I have this pain it makes it difficult to take a deep breath. My rheumatologist has referred to it as chest wall rheumatism (simply meaning that my chest wall is inflamed) and costochondritis (I think I spelled that right)....and my understanding is that he is using those two words synonymously. It can be very uncomfortable, so I definitely feel for you. I haven't found anything that targets it specifically, and for me, as with all my symptoms, it comes and goes without any rhyme or reason.

Warm wishes,
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#4 HeatherT

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 03:23 AM

Thanks for the information. I am happy to hear that it comes and goes for you. Because of the "progressive" nature of this wonderful affliction, I often panic when something new happens and always wonder if yesterday was my last day without rib pain...friction rubs...or whatever the new symptom happens to be.

I get my blood test results back today. Lets hope nothing new comes up!

Heather

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 04:51 AM

Hi Heather,

I've had rib pain many times, and it turns out each time that my ribs are "out". I go tot he chiropractor, get adjusted and viola! No more pain.
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Posted 01 May 2007 - 05:46 AM

I too have rib pain it's on my left side and its constant too. I had it since 2003, and we have had exrays onit and they said they can't see anything. but I think they are crazy!! I am dealing with that today and my middle of my back pain too. I'm calling my chiro I think I need to have an adjustment done on my back. Atleast tht is what I am hoping for. Take care Sam
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Posted 01 May 2007 - 09:28 AM

I have ILD. My rib pain is pinchy like the muscles are pinched. I stretch a little bit and it kinda works its way out. Sometimes I just rest and breathe it out. My lung doctor said something about the lung muscles getting tired. It’s weird and happening more and more. Maybe I just need rest.

I can't stand anything around my lungs. I had a bunch of those cute strappy tank tops with the shelf bra and I can't wear them any more because they're too constricting.

Patty, a stool to cook in the kitchen is a good idea. I make my husband help me make the bed. I get too tired making it by myself.

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Posted 02 May 2007 - 07:40 AM

Thanks for the info. I got my blood test back (looking for muscle enzymes?) and it was only slightly elevated, which he said was consistent with Scleroderma. So, I guess I am thankfully negative for any myositis right now.

Thank you.

Heather