Rib cage pain someone help please !

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For a couple of years I have been having stinging pains in different and random parts of my ribs which happen everyday maybe hours apart sometimes minutes apart. Had two CT scans abdominal and was told everything appeared normal. Today I have woke up and every move I make is hurting my full ribs cage . It hurts to stretch and now also feel a bit tender to touch. Along with this I get sharp burning pain right in the middle of my back at the top and my sternum has a dull ache too. My doctor thinks I'm going crazy but it seems to be getting worse !

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    Hiya, sorry to hear you're in pain sad this sounds exactly like what I have and have been diagnosed with costochondritis which is inflammation in the rib joints, it's painful most of the day but certain movements seem to aggravate it, it's also sore to touch. Have had this on and off since January and apparently it's quite common in people with fibromyalgia, just another wonderful symptom we get to experience! I use ibuprofen and when it's bad naproxen which does seem to help a lot.

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    I have this too. Not sure what it is and I havnt been diagnosed with fibro or anything else (yet) but I feel your pain. It's not nice

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    Nope, if you are crazy, then there are a lot of us!! I'm leaning on a heating pad at the moment!My shoulders and rib cage, especially the bra line are so sore at the moment I can barely stand clothes! Feels like I have done a hundred push ups, (can't even do one, and never could,lol) or pushed and pulled something extremely heavy, and I haven't! I will also get pain in sternum which will often behave as gerd or acid reflux, except medication for those conditions doesn't seem to help much. You are quite sane, I assure you!

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    Hi stasil, ya this is something called costochondritis. It's just one of our horrible symptoms from fibro. It causes I believe cos I googled it when I first started getting this, inflammation in between ribs. Nothing stops the pain from it at all. GP just told me to carry on taking celecoxib and my tapentadol, hey ho, no result.

    Take care, gentle hugs x

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    Thanks everyone . The worst pain is when I'm coughing it hurts so bad I have to brace myself before I cough ! It hurts all the way from the bottom of the rib cage to the top I sort of have to hug my ribs before I can cough cos otherwise I'd scream x had the X-ray yesterday which he said will rule out any naaties but if all clear I'm stuck again. Does the pain go away or just flare up and down. I get the same stinging pains in both hips deep in the bone but not the pain that comes with the cough and moving . Definitely feels swollen. I'm on naproxen x 2 daily and Co codamol 4 daily xx

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