rib cage agony

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hi all just writing wondering if anyone suffers low ris cage pain both sides front and back but only in lower five ribs mine give me a lot of pain

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    Hi I do comes from my intercostal muscle and myofascial tissue pain in middle lower shoulder blade I do regular yoga walk and very fit but still I get this pain and radiates around ribs sometimes up to neck , I am under a physio currently and try to see why I have this pain you start to think other things but googling is a no no , try heat on back and ice and pain killers help . Can I ask do you do excercise as plank is not good in classes 😀

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    Yes, rib cage pain is miserable. Interrupts breathing and saps energy but worst of all is usually accompanied by other pain.  FMS attacks from head to toe without warning.  Makes one sound like a crock to Doctors when giving symptoms because every time you visit Doctor the pain location you talk about changes from your last visit. I’d like to give encouragement but as one ages the pain increases. The good news (if that’s what it can be called) is eventually as you grow older the doctors eventually find a disease or illness on which to hang your diagnosis. In my case it was Graves Disease and Heart Disease as well as Arthritis.  I feel for you and hope you can enjoy life. I hope they find your real diagnosis while you are young so you can get treatment in a timely manner. Doctors nor family have patience with people who complain all the time or who have no energy. Believe me, this I know! Sometimes even fellow FMS patients don’t understand each other and how one have more severe symptoms than the other. With prayers. 
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    Have you fallen recently.  It almost sounds like broken ribs. My Mom & sister have had broken ribs & described the pain as almost unbearable.  Mom has fibromyalgia, but not my sister.  They can do x-rays, of course, & also there's a lab value that will be elevated when you have a fracture that is not showing up on x-ray. It may be alkaline phosphatase, but don't quote me on that.  That's how they confirmed my Mom's were broken.

    But, getting back to fibromyalgia which I also have, I haven't specifically had pain in the ribs, just about everywhere else though

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    Have you fallen recently.  It almost sounds like broken ribs. My Mom & sister have had broken ribs & described the pain as almost unbearable.  Mom has fibromyalgia, but not my sister.  They can do x-rays, of course, & also there's a lab value that will be elevated when you have a fracture that is not showing up on x-ray. It may be alkaline phosphatase, but don't quote me on that.  That's how they confirmed my Mom's were broken.

    But, getting back to fibromyalgia which I also have, I haven't specifically had pain in the ribs, just about everywhere else though

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    PS  I use several topicals. Have tried all kinds. and they help.  Aspercreme, Arnica cream, MSM cream combined with arnica.  There are 2 new companies that sell ointments with cbd oil  (cannabis derived, but not psychoactive) Avail. online.  I don't know if we're allowed to name companies or not, but if you google cbd topicals, they should come up.  Also helpful are Arnica tablets which I get at a local Health Food store.  I can't take NSAIDS because I get severe stomach pains from them.  Wish I could.  Also, occasional baths with epsom salts and other mineral blends, too.  Naps during the day and short walks help.  We all just sort of create our own treatment plans and have good days and bad days.

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    Hi I've had fibro for around 20 years now, I can say that costochondritis is a fairly common condition associated with fibro especially the longer you have suffered from it. I suffer with this on a daily basis, and it describes the pain and location you talk of. It's worth asking your doctor about this ...take care everyone

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