Rib Pain..Did a Search & Could Not Find Any that Fit my Symptoms

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by futurehope, Feb 5, 2006.

  1. futurehope

    futurehope New Member

    Hi again,

    I hope I am not bothering anyone. I am pretty new here and have been posting alot. I have also spent time reading other people's posts and responded to them if I had something that could help a little!!

    RIB PAIN: I have did a search on this board and cannot find ANY situation that deals with the type of my pains. Many talk about uppper rib pain, around the brests, where is hurts your chest. That kind.

    Here is a description of mine: Mine is VERY LOW. In the very last rib cage, mostly on the right side, but some on the left too. Sometimes stabbling, sometimes dull ache, sometimes sore to the touch. This rib pain does travel sometimes to the back also. And sometimes I will get little pains next to my rib (in between my left and right ribs). I have had a couple of occassions where the pain has traveled up next to the inner rib cage.

    This has been happening EVERY DAY for the past 3 months.

    Had a CT about 4 weeks ago which showed nothing. Late 2004, I did have an ultrasound on my gallbladder and a hidascan. Nothing. I do have trace protein and trace bilirubin in my urine.

    Is this normal??? Anyone else deal with this type of problem. Any ideas??

    Also, I have been taking WAY TOO MUCH ADVIL lately. This is the only way I can make it thru the day for chores and working. Or course, I could skip the Advil, but I would be a useless person.

    Thanks for your help!!

    Love and prayers,
    Brenda
  2. futurehope

    futurehope New Member

    First of all, I want to thank you for responding to so many of my posts, you are a truly caring person.

    I have read extensively on the bile duct. Many times I have thought I had some sort of obstruction that no one is aware of.

    The liver enzymes in my blood are fine, including the direct and indirect bilirubin. I have had every test ran (ultrasound) (hidascan) (liver tests), and they have shown nothing wrong with liver/gallbladder.

    Although there are two tests that I have not had done to see if there is bile descruction or liver problems.

    I cannot remember the procedure, but they run a light down your throat to look into the bile duct and other ducts to see if there is a tumor or blockage. This procedure is not entirely safe and can cause some problems.

    The other is a liver biopsy.

    I am sure that you have heard of PROTOCOL with MD's. They will not send you to a specialist unless they have a good reason. Same with the testing they will do on you. Sometimes I think this is not good for people.

    I should mention that last year I had some similar problems, but not as severe and they did not last this long.

    Thanks again Stormyskye, you are a compassionate person!!!

    Heart you!!
    Brenda
  3. Sheila1366

    Sheila1366 New Member

    One of my very first symptoms that something was terribly wrong was rib pain.I mean unbelievable pain.Still when things get real bad it always hits me in my lower ribs.I know there is cartlidge in the rib cage and pain can set in the ribs.My dr. just says it is FM.I have heard of others that have the same pain.I even went to the er cause the pain was killing me.I was given muscle relaxers and they helped.Give dr. a call and see if you can get some muscle relaxers.In the meantime take anything for anti inflamatory,just not too much.
    When you do talk with dr. give them the full description and don't let them down play your pain.Some dr.'s won't treat pain when it is really needed.Don't be afraid of showinf how much it is hurting.I have broke down a few times talking with my doctor.Not to get pain meds. just cause I couldn't hide it from them and I needed their help and for them to believe me.Fortunately I do have a great team of doctors helping me.I hope you get help soon.
    Sheila
  4. gwheezy41

    gwheezy41 New Member

    Hi I know how you feel, I have lived with that for a year now, When I went to e.r. they took x-rays and said it was (plurisy) , but my rheumy says it's the fibro. I just put warm rice bags on both sides, sometimes one side hurts more than the other and if some one tries to grab you around the waist makes you want to jump out of your skin. Hurts more during cold season. Virginia
  5. juliejo

    juliejo New Member

    Hi all.
    I too get very bad rib pain all around me. My worst area is below my left breast and if i press on it, it send's shooting pains all over my tummy.

    Had this for years and once again was told too, just another Fm sympton.
    At least you are not alone with all this.
    I use my heated wheat bag and wrap it around me and it does help.

    Juliejox
  6. sleepyinlalaland

    sleepyinlalaland New Member

    might consider pleurisy (as mentioned by another poster).

    In my 20's I had a very painful attack that sounds similar to the kind of pain you describe. I had random spasm of pain all around my ribcage...hurt to breathe deep. I had to be very careful of how I stood, turned my body, and getting in and out of bed was hysterical (not).

    It was also a humiliating time for me because I went to a doctor over and over, sure SOMETHING had to be really wrong. By my last visit I could tell he was annoyed; after all, I could still touch my toes...what could be wrong!

    It lasted for months and it was only years later, while just happening to read a description of pleurisy I realized THAT'S IT!...That's what I had! The pain at the time was co-mingled with costochondritis, but the lower rib pain even surpassed it, so I didn't inquire about the "heart" pain.

    Pleurisy is a pain that can produce sharp knife-stabbing pains. I even had the "dry" kind that can produce a rubbery, stretchy sound if you turn side to side. If the doctor had bothered to put a stethoscope there (I told him about the noise), he would have heard it. Of course, there's no cure...REST & WAIT...but I would have felt a lot less nuts at the time if I'd been given a name for it.

    Hope your pain subsides soon.
  7. tlc8858

    tlc8858 New Member

    I was skimming posts, came across this one. I also am having terrible rib pains. It is more of a sideache though. It feels like a side ache anyway, but when I push on the very last rib in my lower front right side, I get a shooting pain that almost makes me sick to my stomache. It is really starting to worry me. Is this area where the liver is located. Have already been checked for Kidney problems, nothing there.
    Thanks Tammy
    [This Message was Edited on 02/05/2006]
  8. kbak

    kbak Member

    Hi Brenda!
    I'll throw a few things out that maybe you can research. I just read an article somewhere about gallbladder problems without stones. Also, maybe liver inflammation or even pancreas inflammation. You can have a problem that's not easily detectable. I sure you find that helps!

    Take care,
    K.