I have had rib pain for around 20 years, my entire rib hurts to touch some areas are more sore in other areas My chest area right between the breast is sore to touch. Sometimes it hurts to lie on my side. I have mentioned it to doctor's and they don't say much.

About a year ago I mentioned it again to my rheumatologist and she did the test for fibro but I didn't hurt in the areas she touched, but I was tender in other areas. I have had chronic pain where I hurt everywhere. Anyway she told me to come back and we could investigate further for fibro but when I came back I forgot to mention it, we were talking about my joint pain and weather the methotrexate was working for me. I guess when I go back I need to question her about this. So do any of you that have fibro have the entire rib cage, both sides hurt when you touch it? Do you think this is from fibro or something more serious. If I have a ct scan of my stomach because I have been having trouble with my stomach, would it show your entire rib cage on it? Thanks for you help!

23 Answers

hopeful_drum77
Answered 11 months ago    reply

Sounds like costochondritis


f_ullman80
Answered 11 months ago    reply

I read about that last night.


betz_83
Answered 11 months ago    reply

I get costochondritis frequently. It's inflammation of the small joints that attach the ribs to the breast bone in the front and the ribs to the spine in back. It is very painful and makes taking deep breaths nearly impossible.

hopeful_drum77
Answered 11 months ago    reply

My chiropractor helps the pain a ton

f_ullman80
Answered 11 months ago    reply

Mine isn't painful when I breathe just when I touch them or lie on my side. I also get joint pain in my back, neck and shoulders so it's hard to tell if it's joint pain or that I may have fibro.


landaverdewhich
Answered 11 months ago    reply

Yes, it does make breathing difficult.


f_ullman80
Answered 11 months ago    reply

But I don't have trouble breathing. It's only sore between my breast if I touch it. My ribs are sore all the time and some spots are worse if touched.

hopeful_drum77
Answered 11 months ago    reply

Yeah my skin even hurts too. You should see a chiropractor and see if they can help. They use a tool which is called an activator and it helps a lot with the pain


tenuous_gubbins
Answered 11 months ago

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f_ullman80
Answered 11 months ago    reply

tamera thanks. I don't think I have costochondritis . I think it's more fibro than anything. my chest is only sore if I touch it, it doesn't hurt all the time. It's my rib cage that is sore all the time and resting doesn't help it. I have had this for 20 years.But thanks for your help.

tenuous_gubbins
Answered 11 months ago    reply

Felica oh gotcha. I’m sorry. It’s rough. What supplements have you tried? Does glucosamine help or curcumin (sp)?


romantic.merriweather
Answered 11 months ago    reply

chest wall pain can cause this, story of my life.


alleged_nincompoop84
Answered 11 months ago    reply

I have this all the time and I have fibromyalgia. I have breast Pain also so had a mammogram and ultrasound ... all clear . Pain is quite bad at times .


rfaith
Answered 11 months ago    reply

I'd keep investigating further


addicted.kia
Answered 11 months ago    reply

Honestly, my mom and I both have Sjogrens and have exactly. The same areas sore. Our physicians said that its just part of Sjogrens. Light massage, NSAIDS, biofreeze, stretches, magnesium, vit D, and LDN habe all helped me with this.

I do also have fibromyalgia because I have the trigger points.

But muscle pain IS part of Sjogrens

f_ullman80
Answered 11 months ago    reply

Thanks Kia for your info.


aroused_marlys
Answered 11 months ago    reply

I get pain around my ribs and chest but it's from little painful lipomas from Dercum's Disease. They can attach to your ribs, this area hurts me the most even though I have them all over.

m_synthia
Answered 11 months ago    reply

Im so sorry


f_ullman80
Answered 11 months ago    reply

Thanks for the info Marlys I have never heard of that.


m_synthia
Answered 11 months ago    reply

Ct of stomach wont show entire rib cage or even much of rib cage. Im sorry you are hurting. I had pain like that. Had multiple gall stones and gall bladder removed.


f_ullman80
Answered 11 months ago    reply

Thanks Synthia for the info on the ct scan and thanks for your support.


benallye
Answered 11 months ago    reply

I'm sorry you're in so much pain and hope you get answers soon!*hugs* I hope something will help with the pain!*hugs*


f_ullman80
Answered 11 months ago    reply

Thanks Etsuko.


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