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HeatherT

Pain In Ribs?

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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.

 

Thanks,

 

Heather

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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!!

 

Hugs,

Patty


Hugs,

Patty

 

If Life hands you lemons, make lemonade.

 

Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Limited scleroderma, Dermatomyositis. Diastolic Dysfunction, dysphagia, Fibro, restless leg. Lupus is a maybe.

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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,

Heidi

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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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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


Sam

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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.

 

peanut


You can deprive the body but the soul needs chocolate

my HMO makes me wear a helmet...

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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

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