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mid back and rib pain

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  • Posted By: aakcats
  • October 19, 2007
  • 05:47 PM

I am a 46 year old relatively healthy and active female. Had sudden onset of severe mid back and rib pain on right side. 2 1/2 weeks. am beginning to improve with 2nd round of medril dose pack. Pain is severe with sitting. had ct scan to rule out kidney stone. had MRI of lumbar spine and was told that the pain is due to herniated disc at L4-5, and arthritis. However, the pain is in the middle of my back, not lower, and in the ribs on the right side. It is now better when resting, but sitting agravates it severly. I have not been able to work, drive, etc. for 2 1/2 weeks. When I try sitting, it comes right back. Was I diagnosed correctly?

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  • Is the pain in the area of the liver or gall bladder?
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • October 19, 2007
    • 06:43 PM
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  • Well, if your pain is in the middle of your spine, that would be thoracic spine imaging that is needed. Is the pain in your front ribs or back ribs. Look up costochondritis. Very painful.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • October 20, 2007
    • 10:54 AM
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  • You should go see a chiropractor.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 20, 2007
    • 02:22 PM
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  • pain is in back, right side, beginning just lateral of spine and into the ribs. Appears to be in the lower thoracic area.
    aakcats 1 Replies
    • October 21, 2007
    • 03:33 AM
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  • Since the pain is in the back and posterior ribs, it wouldn't be costochondritis. It is not arthritis either, as that does not come on suddenly. It is definitely not from the lumbar disc ( that may be an incidental finding). It seems to be positional, so it suggests musculoskeltal origin. At least get a thoracic X ray. Think back to what you were doing for the past 24 hours before it occurred, which may give a clue. Oh, maybe get a chest X ray too, and an abdominal ultrasound.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 21, 2007
    • 04:09 AM
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