Muscle spasms in the Ribs?

Anyone else have cramps in and around the ribs? I'm having these cramps that come out of nowhere and hurt like you wouldn't believe! In addition I feel like everything is sitting on top of my stomach. I believe this is caused by so much coughing but I'm curious if any of you guys have experienced this type of thing and if so what you did to relieve it.

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Yes, yes, yes!!!! I get these cramps too, mostly at the bottom of the rib cage outer side, not sure what they are all about, but I am on high dosages of Pred so this might be the cause....I also get severe cramps in feet, hands, arms, and legs...

Mani

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Oh yeah, I get those cramps too. They always felt like muscle spasms I always thought it was because of lack of exercise and my belly was getting so round from the prednisone. Sorry I have no suggestions on how to relieve it except Breeeeath!!

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Mine are usually on the right side? How about u two?

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yeah thats about right they make you stand still till it subsides.

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Yes! I have it right now. Always on the right side. To me it feels like something is inflamed, because it hurts to breathe. I have gone to the Dr. and they saw "something", but when they ran another test, they saw nothing. It's painful!!! I'm begining to think it might be my sugar intake. When I'm off the sugar I don't notice them, I've been back on sugar for a week now and it's back! Good reason to get off the sugar! I wish you peace.....

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I thought they were like Charlie horses and have been treating them as though I am dehydrated and low on potassium. I generally just bump up my diet with with some potassium enriched foods, like a baked sweet potato a couple of days in a row, drink extra water and they seem to go away for a while

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YES. Mine switch sides. I blame it on either a calcium or magnesium deficiency but definitely have cramps around my ribs on my sides and sometimes in my back.

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Thank God, someone asked about rib pain. I've been having stabbing pain just below my ribs on the left side in the back. There have been times that it has hurt so bad that it almost drops me where i stand. The only thing that has helped me is to stay still and just breath until it stops. I'm wondering if it has to do withthe spleen or kidneys. my prayers are with you

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Thanks for the replies guys. I'm glad it's not just me and I can probably attribute it to either the Sarcoid or the Prednisone. I'm on 80 mg a day right now.

It's not dehydration or any type of calcium/potassium deficiency. I drink 5 to 8 16 oz bottles of water a day and am on supplements. A friend of mine who is a doctor suggested that it might be my diaphragm in spasm due to the coughing.

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I dont have those types of pains I do get lower lest flank pain ,they say its from the damage of the sarcoid.Sugar is a pain enhancer.Does anyone else take fish oil.I do believe it helps me get by most days.

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Yes, I get these cramps and I get them in my fingers, feet and leg. This is when I was on 40mg of Pred. and after the pred. because I am still getting them just not as often. The doc gave me muscle relaxants. It makes me sore wherever the spasm comes.

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Yes I have them too particularly if I bend or reach for something. I had been told it was probably due to the enlarged lymph nodes in the chest being caught up or squeezed. Mine only last a few minutes if that but it takes my breath away with the sharp pain.

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I had a band that would go from the center of my abdomen at the base of the ribs around to the back. It would get tight, hard, with pain making it hard to breathe. The closest description was the MS hug.

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I too have cramps pain in my ribs just as most of you have described. In addition I had horrible muscel cramps in my feet, legs , arms and back. My Dr. checked my Vitamin D level and it was barely on the chart. Apparently low vitamin D is common in people with autoimmune. It can cause muscel spasams and cramping. I have been on 50k of vitamine D one x a week for 5 weeks now and it has been a tremendous help! The rib issues are not totally gone (I think ther are swollen lymph nodes causing that pressure feeling) but the cramping and "charlie horses" have been almost completely releived! Just a thought you might ask to have that test run. I know I have found tremendous releif. Good luck to you.

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yes im sooo glad that someone asked about the rib pain . yes it does hurt so bad it will drop you to your knees . it happened to me yesterday and im am so glad that i was at home and not out and about.

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How interesting to find out that so many of us suffer from the same or similar pains.I had this chest tightness so bad that I thought it was a heart attack. But several tests done in the ER proved me wrong.
Now there is a new occurrence: Having breathing difficulty at first,I then have a tremendous pain first in one ear, then in both, and slowly going into the neck below the ears. The pain is so severe,( possibly a 10) that i feel like passing out. I now take an Atanolol pill, 25mg,and if possible lie down in my bed and fall immediately asleep. After about 1/2 hour all is gone, and It feels like it was only a bad dream. I will report this to my Sarc Dr. the next time I see him.
Greetings to you all, and also Blessings,
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My right side is the worst but sleeping is horrible, too. Switching sides to share the joy...I get a liver biopsy the 1st, but a doctor suggested it was chest wall inflammation. As in between the ribs...I have had diaphragm spasms for about 15 years. Double over, can't breathe. You can develop lung spasms which are an ER trip. I think I'll ask about a muscle relaxant. It's been years since I last tried one, I think they gave me a headache? Sleeping upright helps, no bra helps...mine gets worse when I drive, it seems the arms out in front of me trigger it or maybe just how I'm sitting. I alos wake up in the night with cramps in calves and feet and hands. I am not low on mag or potassium and do not take prednisone. I thought the calves were due to the edema but that doesn't explain the rest. I am also seeing an MS specialist for nerve conduction tests. Possible spasticity? Apparently neurosarc can manifest like MS and some of their meds can help us. I drop things and have very mechanical walking. Not entirely joint/arthritic, seems to be muscular?

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i get them on my left side, im having tests at the moment and my doc is thinking it may be costochondritis or pericarditis.

I do find if i stop for a minute and take a really deep breath, it makes it easier to breath, its like a lung spasm sometimes.

the pain is unbearable but doesnt last long enough to take painkillers and for them to work!!

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Yes I have it too, but recently learned I pulled a muscle tendon under my left armpit and the pain radiates to my back and breast. I am in physical therapy now and it seems to be helping. I wasn't sure if it was sarc or costochronditis. I have had this pulled tendon for 6 weeks now. Phyiscal Therapy has given me many exercises to stop the muscle spasms that I get daily. It can be very painful. I use allot of moist heat under my armpit. PT person also manipulates the muscle to loosen up the latic acid that builds up into the muscle. Due to the holiday I don't get to go back until next Wed so I am doing the exercises

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Wayne R - I read with interest your entry about diaphragm spasms caused by coughing. I have the same problem. I was 49 years old (female) when it happened the first time, about 4 years ago. I was recovering from a cold that left me with a continual dry cough, when at work one day I slowly developed a terrific pain under my sternum that seemed to radiate throughout my chest and mid-back. After 20 minutes it subsided, but the pain almost caused me to throw up. When it recurred a few minutes later I asked a coworker to take me to the ER, where they investigated the possibility of a heart attack, but they eventually decided it was diaphragm spasms due to coughing so much. Since then it's recurred at least once a year, always in association with a major cough. My coughs are usually from a cold but this spring I had walking pneumonia with a cough, and it happened again. A slight anomaly that time was that I later had a single nightime spasm about two weeks after the coughing stopped. Right now I'm recovering from another cold and last night, the spasms hit again.
An osteopath friend suggested I use a Homedics percussion massager around the area of the diaphragm, front and back. I use it when the coughing starts. I used it during the spasms last night, hoping it would help stop the spasms, but so far I don't think it has helped. I should probably be using it daily for it to have a chance to work.
Normally I have a high pain tolerance, but as you said, the pain of these spasms is unbelievable. I'm a reasonably healthy person other than being overweight, and am not on any prescription medication. If you come up with any more insight on this subject, especially regarding prevention or treatment, I'd love to hear about it.

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