intense-burning pain-ribs

This pain is appearing in my upper right ribs,in the back.It is in the form of a throbbing,burning type,between the top ribs.It is not in sync with heartbeat,breathing or anything else.Diet does not seem to affect it.Sleeping positions either.I have had: Cat scan,mri-ct.3-gall bladder scans,upper and lower GI-series-including cameras both ways.So far,I have found no pain meds to help.It can appear at anytime of day or night,sometimes lasting 1 day,sometimes 2 or three days,then dissappear within a few minutes.Believe me when I say it's not imagination,it hurts!! If you have ideas or suggestions,many thanks to you. Jerry
Thanks for the comments: This pain has went away at times for as long as two weeks.At the time I posted it,it had been gone for about that long.It has now been nearly six weeks since it last occured.Maybe coincidence,mabye not not,but that evening,I thot I had tried about everything,so ,as I looked through the OTC meds,I thot what the heck, and I took 3 extra strength Excedrin.About 1 hour later,it was gone and hasn't returned.I know excedrin won't cure anything,but I'm thankful for six weeks of relief!

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I began having intense pain that started in the front, to the right of my sternum, and, putting pressure on that spot hurt. However, it did run all the way around to my back. It sounds as it you had more diagnostic testing than I had. It started when I was pregnant, and got worse the bigger I got, and gets worse the more pounds I put on. Relief? Warm/cold packs have been suggested, P/T to strengthen back muscles, better posture. No diagnosis except, "neuropathy" for which I see a rheumatologist for .

Wait; I also have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and myofascia pain syndrome, which may include that sort of pain. It may also be a "trigger point" in diagnosing either syndrome. I hope that helps. There is a resource, "Dom's Newsletter", for fibromyalgia. I also have sleep myoclonus, and restless leg syndrome (does your sleep partner complain of you kicking or moving about during sleep? This movement may be causing this mysterious pain upon waking. It may be a peripheral, neuropathy pain. Okay, I am done with my ideas! You may want to see a neurologist for a sleep study. The pain may be a symptom of something else in your body.

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I have been having constant burning pain, stabbing pain, in my back ribs, left side for 5 months. I am now starting PT & it is hurting even worse! Others have mentioned fibromyalgia & myofascial pain to me. I am curious to see what the PT thinks. My lateral left side-bend was 27 degrees & it was 37 on right. Now it is hurting on my spine.

jcwriter – any tips you have on dealing with this kind of pain would be so greatly appreciated. I fear I have fibromyalgia....

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Years ago, when I was struck with pains in my ribs that could barely be stood, no matter what I tried to do to relieve the pain, I was given a diagnosis that proved to be true. At first, I believed the doctor was teasing me, and it came at a time when I didn't think it was funny, at all. My doctor told me that I had Ridiculitis. Yes, that sounds like ridiculous. I hurt so horribly, plus, I was 7 months pregnant, and that didn't help at all. This was before the wonders of MRIs or CT scans or all of the wonders we appreciate today. My doctor must have called it correctly, as that is what he treated me for, and it DID make the pain go away. Has your doctor considered this strangely named pain that affects your ribs? I do hope this helps you. I know that both women and men do get this. I hope you are better by the time I write this.

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Jerry, I know it hurts. I went thru it for months. Mine was lower left rib area and extended into my upper abdomen. I went thru test after test too. Months of them. Specialists too. I was living on tylenol 4 which helped but didn't help if you know what I mean. Anyhow, I started getting this real weird bulge in my abdomen right between my rib cage and sternum. Looked like a hernia. The pcp was fascinted with it. He started tracing the nerve root to that bulge and low and behold, that silly pain ran right along the nerve root. The problem with the nerve had weakened the muscle and was making it bulge. He tried a simple test. He added Lyrica to my tylenol 4. Wow. It was incredible the relief I felt. I now have a diagnosis of intercostal neuralgia. I take my Lyrica and have greatly reduced the number of tylenol 4's to taking em only when I need them.

It only takes a couple days to find out if Lyrica's going to work for someone. I'm really surprised that the doctor's aren't trying it more often. If the pain is coming from a nerve, it's going to make it feel better. If not, you won't feel relief. Seems a lot easier than all these tests we've been put thru.

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Thanks for the information.What was the helpful treatment? Jerry

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HOnestly, I cannot remember what he gave me back then. I read what someone else wrote, about taking Lyrica, and I do take that for nerve pain all over my body. lyrica,. for me, is a miracle drug. Take it twice a day, pains just disappear or reduce by a HUGE amount. I take it for fibromyalgia, arachnoid cysts in each part of my spine and into my brain.....plus rheumatoid arthritis, and it has totally relieved my pains. Just a couple of days, sometimes one day can tell you if it works. If you have ridiculitis, your nerve endings around each rib are inflamed, and that is total horror to go though. Please, DO try the Lyrica, I really am sold on this drug. I have no side affects from it, either. Today's drugs are so much more helpful. This lyrica is really a drug that people are realizing actually takes the pain away. I think I pay $28 for a 30 day supply. It is so worth the money! your doctor may have samples, as well, since you are not sure if it will help you. There is no generic, yet............but, after being out 5 years, that company will have to allow the generic to be made. Trust me, just try Lyrica. You won't believe the difference in your body. It won't make you rummy, either. Just regular brain function and total pain relief. You will enjoy relief from inflamed rib nerve endings. Been there, done that. Trust me. Let me know if it works for you, please! Good Luck!

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I'm the someone else who mentioned the lyrica. It was like a miracle for me too. I felt a difference the first one I took. It is not perfect and I do still feel some pain at times but I've got some tylenol 4 for that. I was almost angry that I'd gone so long and went thru so many tests and all it took was one of those to not only firmly diagnose my pain as neuropathic but to make it go away. I take it three times a day. I could probably use a slight increase in dose but I'm going to give it a little more time cause what I'm dealing with is not bad at all now.

The only side effect I've noticed is it makes my eyes a little lazy. Nothing really bothersome, just a little weird. I've been taking it about 3 months now. I'm also arguing with my insurance company over whose going to pay for it cause they want me to use something else, but for the time being, I'm more than willing to pay. My pcp's helping out with free samples too when he's got some on hand.

I'm glad someone else confirms how well it works. I've told a couple people about it but none of them have tried it yet. They're still going thru more and more tests and trying to live with the horrible rib pain. I wish they'd listen.

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HI, There! Yes! This lyrica IS like a miracle drug for me, too! I know that it was created to be a pain killer for those with Diabetes, then, they realized it helps with fibromyalgia and all kinds of nerve pain. My husband is taking it for his 66 yr old legs that hurt, before he took this, as well! In Arthriritis magazines, it is being written about as a miracle pain reliever as well. As long as the creaters have their patent on this, and that is normally for 5 years, it will be expensive to buy, but, as soon as their patent is up, the generics will hit the market. People don't believe the difference in my abilitty to actually walk and just do normal things, now. Before, my limbs were so painful that I could barely walk, and that was with a lot of pain. With cystic tumors completely covering my spine and brain, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthtitis, and a few more things wrong with my body, this has been the ONLY thing that gives me relief. People just don't believe me when I explain how it works almost immediately for pain due to nerve damage. I tell them, but, they look at me like, "Uh huh."..........and continue their tests and continue with pain meds that constipate them and make them dopey. My eyes do blur, as well. But, the pain management that Lyrica gives me makes the blurring eyes seem really just pesty. I am so glad you find relief in this, as well. If you'd like, you may write me at covenly1@yahoo.com.

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Thanks to God - As of Sunday,Dec. 30, I have not had the pain for nine weeks! Thanks so much for the comments and concern.Isn't it wonderful that we can try to help one another without expecting payment? Thanks to all again, Jerry

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That's wonderful news jerry. I hope you continue to live pain free. I'm curious as to exactly what it turned out to be and what helped it or did it resolve on it's own without treatment? It may help others with the same problem who read this to find a solution.

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Go to www.neuropathy.org to learn about all kinds of neuropathy, this is a very helpful web site. Good luck!

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Well,,,, There was several things that occurred to me to be possibilities,or coincidence?The day that the pain subsided,(it usually returned later,1 ,2 3, or 4 days later)I decided to try a triple dose of Excedrin.Well,the pain went away,with me expecting that it would return.Also,someone suggested that I might be sleeping in a way that would aggravate nerve endings in my ribs.So,I started sleeping on my other side.All the while I had been asking God to remove the pain if He had no purpose in my having it.All this came about at the same time .My favorite choice is to believe that God had taken care of it.This Sunday marks the 11th week of relief.So I,m giving Him the thanks,which we can do even if He chooses to have medication serve it's purpose.I surely thank you and all the others who responded.It's really neat to have people concerned even when they don't know you! Jerry

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Go Lyrica! I had heard the posts and tried Lyrica and it has helped tremendously! Huck, I no you were offered it and turned it down, I implore you, go back and get it. I find that it is a miracle drug provided you take it every eight hours as prescribed. Good luck!

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