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I am 28 years old with no known health issues.
In May I started to notice a pinpoint sharp pain on my right side. I should take not the week before I was in the gym but I done nothing to cause any injury.
I only notice this issue the first few times while in a hot shower.
I had a sharp pain that to me felt like its inside me in the Upper right quadrant but just below my rib cage. It started out as a very very small pinpoint sharp pain which only annoyed me first in the shower. Then after a week or more it turned really really bad.
The pain was very very ache and sore on my right side and towards my back.
I could not pinpoint were the pain was or if it was a muscle, rib or something inside me.
I was on the verge of going to A&E for several weeks looking back I wish I did.. but assumed it must be a pulled back or rib muscle of some kind and my doctor thought so too. The really bad level if pain last maybe 2 months.
Now Several months on the sharp pain I felt from the front right is I would say 90% gone. I still have a light feeling of ache there .
However My problem is I still have pain on the right side of my back very ache and sore and it goes along my right rib cage to the right side and sort of reaching my front right side.
I went to physio and we noticed the issue seems to be coming from my last 2 floating ribs. The Physio would push on either of the last two floating ribs real hard and I would be fine. But when he released the pressure the pain is terrible! I noticed now even to lightly push in the rib is ok but when I release its very very sore. I do not know if its pain with the muscle , rib or something inside me.
The Physio thinks I have sensitive muscle at the last two floating ribs. The muscle that attaches to the rib
But I am not satisfied with this. Its been several months why have I not got any better. Phyiso gave me exercises but its just makes it worse...
It is now 7 months later and I am in the exact same amount of pain! no improvement.
I notice it gets worse when sitting down (I am at a desk for work).
I try to have good posture but it does not help I find myself lifting my right side all the time thinking it will give me relief but it does not...
Basically the pain is on the right side of my back and along the right lower ribs/ waist towards the front. Bending over is a little stiff in my back and was sharp when I started to have the issue back in May.
The worst seems to be when I wake up in the morning and also towards the end of a working day having sat all day. I do take breaks.
Tests thus far:
I have had a chest xray and its clear.
I have been checked for kidney stone (since I complain of sharp pain and pain in right side of back ) but its all fine.
Urine is clear.
I have had an MRI scan on my Lumbar and Thoracic spine. The Lumbar showed a slight bulge and disc dehydration at L5-S1 and its not touching a nerve. My doctor thinks thats not the problem and I do agree as I would expect pain down the leg which I do not have that.
I have had blood taken and its ok but they suspect I may have hemochromatosis due to high iron level. I am awaiting confirmation on the second test to confirm if I do indeed have hemochromatosis. However I am not sure if that would actually be related to my issue unless its already damaged my liver but I am only 28.
I am in daily pain. Sometimes I feel the pain is related to muscle at my right lower ribs or a back muscle on the right side from my last two ribs to wards my back. But sometimes I feel the pain is inside me but that might be how I am interpreting it.
How I explain it is it feels like someone has their hand on my right side and is gripping my right side with their Thumb on my back and index finger warped around to the front right side along the diaphragm/last ribs. Pain is constant but goes from annoying to worse throughout the day.
Doing any physio exercises or simple back exercises makes it worse.
Sitting is making it worse even with good posture (at least im trying).
Because of the possible diagnosis of hemochromatosis I am currently awaiting a new appointment to scan my abdominal ( liver, pancreas etc) just to rule it out.
If I can can rule my liver/pancreas out then I think I will push to get a proper xray of my lower ribs again or perhaps a CT-Scan ??
I just cant understand why it would be a muscle issue its been over 7 months. The level of pain after the 3 months when down a little but I think I am just getting used to the pain..
Either way I need to keep chasing this as I have been in pain every day now since May 2019 and its now November.
Any advise on how to determine if there is a rib or muscle issue.?
Sometimes I feel like its my rib poking into me but my doctor and physio do not agree.
I just do not know what is wrong with me.
After this latest ultrasound to check my liver and pancreas depending on the results I will push for maybe a new x-ray or ct-scan to 100% rule out a rib issue. Perhaps I should ask for muscle relaxants?
Perhaps I need to see a consultant for the rib area but I am not yet convinced if its a rib or muscle issue or what...
Pain killers do not help that much. I have also tried ibprofen gel but it does not help.
I hope this could make sense to someone or help point me in the correct direction I am really fed up now.
To clarify again right now the pain is on the right side of my back and goes along the bottom of my last ribs towards the front. I find myself mostly rubbing the area of the last ribs at my back but the pain is not in any exact spot.
If I push on the area of my last 2 ribs its not that bad but when that pressure is released its very sore and pain feels like internal pain.
Only kind of way to keep the pain at a minimum is too keep good posture and do not do any exercises what so ever.. no bending or twisting only then can I keep the pain down but its still present.
Maybe my issue is simple a muscle or issue with sensitive floating ribs or muscle that attach to the ribs but its been over 7 months with little improvement.
Any advise is welcome sorry for the rant.
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