Chest and rib pain

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I recently tested positive for HLA B27, I'm having further testing to see if I have AS. I have had back pain and horrible chest/rib pain for three years. The side of my ribs hurts so bad I can't sleep on my side. Breathing is painful and it hurts to touch my ribs and sternum. For a while I thought it was from exercising but it continued to get worse and after seeing several doctors I was told it was inflammation in my cartilage. Now that I'm aware of chest pain with AS, I'm wondering if this is what is causing the pain. Has anyone else experience pain on the side of your ribs just below your armpit? Or in the middle of your chest? Everything I read indicates pain is in the sternum or where the ribs connect to the spine.


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    hla b27 alone is not alone sufficient, yes you have more chances of AS, but you may need blood tests like esr, crp etc and mri of si joint .

    rheumatologist is the best doctor to confirm AS. visit asap.

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    i am getting similar pain since 4 years and because of which i am almost handicapped. i am hla b27 + but not AS. i visited 5 best rheumatologist till now, all says no AS. recent muscle test showing soft tissues damaged in middle back due to unknown reason. but no one knows what to do further. living in crying pain since 4 years, now i am 43
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    Hi Carrie,

    Sounds like you are getting inflammation in the enthesis that attaches ribs to breast bone. I had that. I encourage you to start following the works of Dr John Bergman & Dr Jack Kruse on YouTube. John is a functional medicine doctor that addresses inflammation to diet and other environmental toxins. He really knows his stuff. Jack is a brain surgeon with a background in biochemistry, who talks about turning active genes off through charging the mitochondria with natural light. You will soon see that AS is just the tip of the ice berg, denoting systemic inflammation caused by lifestyle. I will paste a a summary I put together based on all the research I have done that put my AS in remission. I suffered for years, was bedridden, and had my lower vertebra fused. Now I have been off all medication (NSAIDS, Enbril, etc.) for 8 full years, and skateboard every day at age 54. Good luck!

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    Carrie the odds are you have AS with what you say I have this for many years.@ first tramadol helped then I had to use morphine tabs & liquid to help with the pain I hope this helps.

    All the best from Nigel.

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