Seems to be that so many of us suffer from rib pain. I just read a post that you responded to regarding this. I just wanted to ask you a few questions...that's if you don't mind. I have been having this lower rib pain on both sides since last summer. I have done numerous tests...upper gi, barium enema, abnomen ultrasound, x-rays...I am seeing a stomach specialist now because all my tests were negative and I still have this severe pain. I am doing a HIDA scan next week and an endoscopy in October(big tests in Canada take forever to get). Anyhow, you seem to be very knowlegable and I just wanted to know if costochondritis can be extremely painful. I am so bad right now and I don't know what to do. The pain has been so intense for the past 2 weeks. It feels like a tight band is wrapped right around my mid abnomen. How long have you had this and have you ever gotten to a point were it was so bad you thought it had to be stomach or gallbladder related. I am so scared and tired of trying to fight this pain day in and day out. Any input would be greatly appreciated and I am so fortunate to have found friends that understand. Take care, Tes. Also, I have been told that I don't have ulcers but everytime I eat the pain gets worse. It's not a deep stomach pain, but I feel the pain more on the surface. My husband thinks maybe when my tummy gets full, it puts pressure on my abnomen muscles. Do you ever have this feeling? Thanks again.