that will take me down in a year or less. I live, day by day, in such pain, it is very difficult to do much of anything. One of my problems causes pain just under the rib cage on the right side. Have dealt with that a long time. Have noticed in the last month or so that my rib cage from under left arm around the back to the underside of right arm hurts a lot, and is worse when I breathe. I have had no cough lately, and just mention that b/c in jauary I was sick with flu and coughed so much, the front side of rib cage hurt so bad I had to hold a pillow to it to cough or it was unbearable. This is a new symptom for me. On right side of back it is sore to the touch, but the pain is as described above, worse when i breath. Not quite as bad when I take shallow breaths, but, because of lung problems, it is suggested by doc to frequently take deep breaths, hold for 3 seconds and blow out. Now, doing this hurts all around rib cage. Has anyone experienced this, and if so, do you know what caused it, or what could make it go away. Any help is appreciated.
Have you had a chest xray for this new pain? It sounds to me that you might have developed a bit of pleurosy. It is very painful, but easily treated. It could also be a new lung problem, a lytic lesion in the ribs, strained muscles... there are many possibilities. You could also have inflammation of the intercostal nerves which run along the ribs. Regardless, you should get it checked by your doctor. Pain is our bodies' way of telling us that something is wrong, so I hope you will listen.
I second the opinion above. You need to see your primary care physician to get the proper referrals. Most likely to a pulmonary doctor or a neurologist. A GI doctor will not be able to do anything that is not gastrointestinal in nature. And your pain doctor is of little use to you without a diagnosis as you've said. Get to it and be strong about how much the pain is. Good luck to you. Sara
Has your gall bladder been checked? You did say right side? If your stools are becoming pale or clay like appearance, that would be a blocked gall bladder.
The lung thing is very tricky. The CT they did last month was the best solution for me. I bet you have had plenty of X-rays. The CT would be good. Do you have a home nurse? That has been a real help for me. Home bound, I qualified for palliative care and Medicare pays for it. When I have stuff happen they check first and then we go forward from there.
I would be working with the Pulmonologist on this. They are very sharp with anything that causes breathing problems. Lung expansion that hurts can be so many things. Infection of some sort seems real possibility. Liquid on the lower lungs feels like that. Hang in there. Keep us posted. Sorry so late responding. Karen
I know you have mentioned you have several Chronic life threatening problems. I was wondering if you have COPD ? The reason I ask is because my fiancee has that & is really bad now. He has Alot of extreme pain In the same areas. He also has pain taking deep breaths. His lung Dr. did test & said that a portion of his lung is dropping down under his lower rib cage .
His pain is extremely painful & hurts thru to his back.
But because he is as bad as he is they did not want to do surgery.
I think you Definitely need to see your Primary Dr. & he will do some xrays & probably refer you to your lung specialist. But as every one else said, as far as Pain Drs. Go they will not do anything until you have a diagnosis. Best of luck, Kathy
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