Within the past few months or so, I've been having pain in my ribs if I sit leaning forward even slightly. It's worse at nights when I try and sleep and it keeps me tossing and turning all night trying to find a position to relieve the pain and it's really taking a toll on my sleep hours. The pain is on both sides of my rib cage a few inches in front of where my arms would rest if they were relaxed at my sides.
On my right side, I do have a rib that's twisted and made a indention about the size of a fist in my side. I'm not sure if it's just curved or gone completely under another, I haven't had it x-rayed because I have no medical insurance and my doctor's trying to keep things affordable. This rib I do have issues with rubbing and grinding ect. But there's no deformities on the other side. The pain is usually even if I'm sitting and if I'm on my side, it hurts on both sides as well, seemingly more pain on the side that curves rather than the one laying against the bed. The only way I can describe it is like there are ribs pushing against other ribs and putting pressure on them. That's what it feels like.
I haven't been able to talk to my doctor about the pain yet, since my next appointment isn't until early Feb. In the meantime, does anyone else have this problem? Is there any relief I can find other than pain meds? I can't sit straight up straight to relieve it because of my spine and it about puts me in tears when I do so that's out of the question.
In both sitting and laying down, my spine also hurts horribly and I do have mild scoliosis. I'm sure that's most likely the problem, but have any of you had similar issues you were able to find solutions to? I would really appreciate any kind of tips I can try. The pain is really starting to get to me and getting so frustrating at night. Any kind of pressure seems to hurt my poor little ribcage.
Thank you so much,
Edited January 4, 2013 at 10:59 pm