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Pain in left ribs in back

Postby alikat1 » Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:04 pm


I have been struggling with pain (like muscler spasms) in my middle to upper left side of my back rib cage.

My doctor automatically assumes it is 'just the fibro'. I feel like somebody has kicked me and I am so tender and sore (and feel very bruised -although I'm not...).

I have researched costochondritis, but from everything I've read, it seem that it is in regards to swelling and pain in the ribcage in the chest and front.

Has anybody else experienced this? Any thoughts? Not getting anywhere with my doctor (sure you know the score -having fibro gives them the license to say every issue is 'just the fibro' -whether it is or isn't!)

Getting worried/anxious it might be something else.


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Re: Pain in left ribs in back

Postby denys » Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:19 am

Anxious/worried feelings are going to make you tense which is going to make the pain worse, but I know why you are anxious/worried. Have you got a cough??? Maybe you need to take a trip to the out of hours for another opinion, just say its getting worse and you are really concerned.

Have you tried some rub on gel that might help or a hot water bottle/wheat bag, If things dont get any better though I'd definitely get it checked out again as not everything will be down to fibro as you have said :goodluck1: :fingerscrossed:

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Re: Pain in left ribs in back

Postby alikat1 » Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:13 pm

Thanks Denys -no -no cough. Just sore!

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Re: Pain in left ribs in back

Postby Debs1967 » Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:15 pm

Hi there,
i have pain in lower right rid area eating and pressure in the area makes it worse, had scans, nothing new showing (i have a FNH in my liver and scar tissue) but I'm told the pain I feel is nothing to do with these?

it also goes through to my back at times, I have also had a back operation to stabilize the DD, but I'm told the pain is nothing to do with this?

I have friend that gets the pain where you have it, as yet he hasn't been scanned / x-rayed.

alikat, if you are not satisfied with what the doc is saying you must go back.

I also looked into costochondritis, some sites say it is related to Fibro, but my thoughts are if fibro isn't an inflammatory disorder, how could it be this?
Honest opinion, i think they just don't know enough about Fibro and its related conditions, and until they do????
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Re: Pain in left ribs in back

Postby shazq » Sun Jan 29, 2012 3:20 pm


I think you should go back to your GPAgain and tell them the pain is still there and it is worrying you, ask if you could have an X-ray or do you have another GP in your surgery who you could see for a second opinion.?

It's difficult when you have a GP that puts everything down to fibro. Just keep going back if the pain does not go :goodluck1:
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Re: Pain in left ribs in back

Postby mellabella » Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:43 pm

Sorry to hear your in so much pain at the moment. It's always best to go to the doctors even though they are not much cop, and if not satisfied ask to see another one. At least your concerns will be down on your notes.

Try not to worry, it is in all likelihood a fibro symptom -a flair up. Try and take it easy and give it a couple of weeks to settle. There are loads of muscles in the back and if one goes into spasm for some reason, it pulls the one next to it into a spasm as well and the next one and so on so that a very small issue becomes a majorly painful one.. It might be worth asking your doc about this and whether or not you might be able to take a muscle relaxant such as a very low dose of diazepan at the first sign of spasm which can then help stop your other muscles being pulled into this vicious circle of spasm. Don't forget when they spasm it's like having a cramp and the muscle fibers get torn.. that's why it hurts like h3ll and takes a few weeks to heal up :yikes: To put your mind at rest, insist that you see a specialist for an x ray and don't be afraid to insist either, and tell the doc exactly what you've told us, that having fibro does not exclude having another condition that is being masked by fibro, and that your very concerned that there's something else going on as well and tell the doc how bad would it look for them if that were the case. I usually take a friend along with me if i want to get a bit insistent with my doc now.

By the way i'm having terrible rib pain at the moment back and front. I've had a simple 24 hour cold but i've done so much sneezing and coughing that even breathing now feels like ive been given a damn good kicking - i also feel like ive been kicked in the ribs if i laugh too much and for too long... :lol: .. trying to get through harry Hill's T.V burp. intact can be a bit of a mare.

Hope you feel better soon.

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Re: Pain in left ribs in back

Postby Delzome » Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:33 pm

Hi there.
This is the first time I've posted anything on here but felt I just had to reply.
I also suffer from painful ribs front and back. At first I thought I had just pulled a muscle so I left it a while. Eventually, I went to see my GP who prodded and poked me about. In fact when he pressed my sternum I was nearly up on the ceiling it was so painful! If I press all around underneath my boobs it all feels sore. It's taken me a while but realised that in fact I've been like this for ages and to be honest wasn't really worried about it but over time its just got more and more tender. In fact, I now struggle to find a soft comfortable bra to wear as I can't wear anything that's too tight and underwired bras are a definite no-no! Not easy when the majority of bras are underwired.

My GP just said it was all part of fibro and didn't offer any real answers. As I hurt from head to toe anyway I just accept that it's just something else to cope with.

I'm sorry I can't come up with any real answers for you but I do understand how you feel.

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Re: Pain in left ribs in back

Postby susan74 » Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:16 pm

Hi Ali,

Not sure if this is helpful at all, but when I had the same kind of pain and went to the doc (Not my usual one) he too said it was because I had fibro. Two weeks later I went back to see my doctor to beg fro stronger painkillers coz I was in agony, and he referred me to x-ray because as he said "it might be fibro - but lets make sure it isn't anything else". When I went for x-ray it turned out I had a stress fracture in my back - still no idea how I did it lol :shock:

I think the point is keep pushing your doc because you're right - just because we have fibro doesn't (unforunately) mean that is all that's wrong!

Hope you feel better soon, whatever the outcome.
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Re: Pain in left ribs in back

Postby animalhouse » Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:35 am

i have had the costo pain, not for ages until yesterday -0 was so exerhausted waiting in a lovely country pub for sunday dinner, half an hour as very busy and freshyly made - but was already exhausted ad in pain before the food arrived.

the pain can radiate though when you have it or suffer referred/deferred pain that starts in one spot but moves out to somewhere else.

nice hot bath, thats what i did when i got back as a pick me up. now have been up since 4 even though you would think i would sleep liek a baby lat night. :roll: :roll:

was so painful it hurt to breathe.
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Re: Pain in left ribs in back

Postby geb0205 » Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:21 pm

Costochondritis isn't desperatly common, and generally only effects the front of the ribcage where the ribs turn to cartilage before attaching to your breastbone.

Just a different opinion, but have you considered trying an osteopath or chiropractor (or physio, or one of any other of the plethora of manual therapists!)? Sometimes you can get a rib head that has moved fractionally from it's usual resting position. The body recognises this and makes the muscles of the back and between the ribs spasm to try and protect the area by splinting it (like putting a plaster cast on a broken bone) and the results are extremely painful! If it IS this, treatment is usually quick and effective. They will be well used to dealing with people who have Fibro too, and if it hurts too badly, just tell them to stop. They cannot do any more than you let them. :)
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Re: Pain in left ribs in back

Postby wanita2k » Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:33 am

hi i have this pain too round my back and side and under my breast i've found the only thing that helps when mine starts is movelat gel. ive had scans and xrays and its just there no other answer but i do have RA and FMS and the scans did show raised lymph nodes on my diaphragm but not been told which side. hope this helps and would defiantly try the movelat gel i get alot of relief using it :hugs:
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