Very painful burning and squeezing in back and around both ribs

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Yesterday I experienced a sudden onset of the most painful burning and squeezing sensation that started center of back and wrapped around both ribs to the center of my sternum. The pain was crippling and lasted a good 15 mins before slowly calming down. But then it came back about 5 mins later and this happened in spasms for a couple hours. I took antacid at the time with no relief. Ended up in the ER and they finally gave me morphine. They did some blood work that looked fine, an EKG and sent me home with no answers. Has anyone experienced this before? I'm terrified it will happen again and even more scared because I don't know what caused it.

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    Maybe you have costochondritis.  It can be felt around the centre of your back, the ribcage and breast tissue. I had it for three months a couple of years ago and recently I have had it again.  However, my pain wasn't burning and squeezing; it was more agony to touch, dull and stabbing.  See your doctor again for a definitive diagnosis.  Was anything at all suggested at ER?

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      They gave me a medicine for spasms and after reading about this medicine it's actually for IBS! I do not have ibs not any symptoms of it so I was very frustrated with the ER doctor. I've had costochondritis before but this was totally different

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      Antispasmodics are not always used for IBS alone.  Sometimes they are prescribed to treat period cramps.  If your pain was coming in spasms, that is why they would have given you an antispasmodic and also to see if you might have IBS.

      Has the antispasmodic worked?

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      So this medicine would help the spasms in my rib area? I haven't had another one since the ER yesterday when they gave me morphine so I haven't taken any of the prescription they gave me

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    Hi, is it quite central where your stomach would be and sort of stingy burning pain, I had this after take antibiotics and lots of pain killers for DVT and it turned out to be gastritis. It moves across under ribs from side to side.  Constocondritis hurts when you press on ribs and chest area. 
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