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#1 kiwimum03

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Posted 18 April 2008 - 02:16 PM

Hi all,

just a quick question. I get Costochondritis or patches of inflammtion in my 4th clavical rib on the left side by my heart that comes and goes. And I have kind of gotten used to it.
But lately I now get the same pain in my rib just above my right kidney at the back.
It feels really bruised and painful and I almost jumped out of my chair when the doctor touched it.
She checked my lungs and they are clear so its not anything to do with that, and she is fairly sure it is just a patch of inflammation. But I have had it now for the last month on and off and all the time for the last week. It can get quite painful. Is this Costochondritis too? I thought you only got it in your chest but perhaps I haven't been reading the right things?

She tells me there is nothing she can do as it looks like a 'connective tissue issue' (in her own words) and I don't go back to the rheumatologist till July.

I have been on Plaquenil for a year now and this is quite a new thing, just not sure what to do for it. Ibuprofen doesn't really touch the pain, but here is no way I want to go back on Prednisone again.

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Posted 18 April 2008 - 08:19 PM

Hi, Irene. While there is a lot of costal cartilage in the front of the ribcage, there is connective tissue in the back as well. There is a good description of the anatomy with pictures under ribcage in Wikipedia. It is quite easy to bruise or even fracture a rib - even a violent sneeze can do it. If it is inflammation, the ibubrofen should help. Perhaps your doctor can prescribe something stronger.
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Posted 18 April 2008 - 10:53 PM

Thanks Carrie,

I try not to take anything too much stronger than ibuprofen as it flares up my gastritis, but if it gets worse I might have too. I think I am in some kind of flare right now.

I love Wikipedia!! I will check it out,

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Irene

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 05:24 AM

Hi Irene,

I'm glad Carrie mentioned Wikipedia and the information she did... I'm going to check it out, too.

As for the pain you've been having and wondering about whether or not it could be costochondritis... I also get pain in the back, as well as the front ribs. If yours is costo, you must be re-injuring the area by some repeated activity. If such is the case, and it's a movement that you are able to prevent, provided it isn't from the following reasons, it could heal up on its' own.
Like Carrie mentioned some causes... or also coughing.... My aunt had a terrbile cold, now has a dry cough and has terrible pain in the area you are speaking of. She's miserable with it, too.
Is heat helping at all?

I hope you can find a way to get the pain stopped.

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 11:09 AM

Don't you just love Wikipedia!! It certainly was very useful information. (thanks Carrie)

Susie, I often wake up in the morning with sore ribs, in the front, and wonder what on earth I have done to cause it!
Usually I can never figure out why and that pain goes away during the day.
But the pain in my back rib is definately worse and feels very bruised.

The only thing I do that I think could cause is, is when I lift one of the kids. I don't do it too often with my 4yr old but I do probably lift my 2 yr old more than I should as I have scoliosis and 4 vertabrae with have degeneration with calcium spurs.........actually I forgot about the damaged vertabrae until I started writing this.......that probably adds to the problem tenfold!!!

Probably the pulling on the rib when I lift the kids would be enough to it, do I am thinking.
Well I will have to cut that out for now and see if that helps. I will have to sit down with him when he wants a cuddle instead of lifting him up.

Thanks guys for helping me nut this out! and Susie, yes heat does help, I use a hottie when it gets bad and it feels good.

big hugs,
Irene

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 04:37 PM

Hello Irene my love,

So good to hear from you, but sorry it's because you are having such ugly pain. Anti inflammatory are going to be the best for what you are going through, so if you can keep with the Ibu thats great, but if not, there are presciption anti inflammatories that could help too. Arthrotec, or Celebrex for example.

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 04:42 PM

Irene,
Be aware of gall bladder problems. Maybe you could look up information on that. It hurts above the kidneys in your back and runs around the front under your ribs. It can cause pain on the entire right side of your upper tummy. The pain can be tolerable to unbearable. It can be made worse by things that you eat. I hope you find out what is causing your pain. Keep us informed.
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Posted 20 April 2008 - 05:23 AM

Hi Irene,

Sheryl brought up a good point too... about the gall bladder.

As far as picking up a child... for sure, that could cause the pain in the back.
I'm not supposed to lift much weight. However, I have been taking care of my newest grandson (2 1/2 mos) once a week.
However, two weeks ago, th sitter got very sick, so I back her up and had him 2 days in a row, weekend off and then Monday and Tuesday of this week... I felt it in the discussed areas, both front and back. Now, it's feeling better.
Anytime I bend and lift something, I get this pain.

I also want to mention that my dad had shingles and his began as what we are discribing... only his pain never went away... he had it for 10 years and still had it when he passed away. I felt so... for him.

Irene, you slao mentioned having pain when you awake... I have the same thing going on. I'm in dire need of either a memory foam or a better mattress. In my case, I know the mattress is the culprit, as the pressure points are getting a workout during the night :(

As Sheryl said... let us know if you can figure out the cause.

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 08:11 PM

Thanks Sheryl and Susie,

I have thought about Gall bladder issues as I have had problems with this and my liver before, but I am sure that this is my ribs.
I now have it in other patches on my left hand side and during the day a lot too.

My doctor had just changed my BP meds and as a side effect it can cause joint pain and Muscle aches so she has stopped that med and is putting me on another one ,just to see if it makes a difference.

I was watching the Comedy Gala on TV last night and I was laughing so much I had to hold my stomach with a pillow cos my ribs hurt so bad........its so weird!!!

I also need a new mattress on my bed, just can't afford one right now, but I am sure that would help too.

big hugs, :)
Irene