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Intercostal Myalgia

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 14, 2006
  • 05:19 PM

i have been recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia and intercostal myalgia. looking for people to talk to and get/lend support. pain is 24/7. sometimes hurts to take a deep breath. hope to get responses . thank you

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  • hi, a year ago i got diagnosed with tietzes diesease/costocondrytis, which is inflamation of the cartillage between your ribs. Today i got told i now have intercostal myalgia. The pain sucks! have you tried diclofeniac?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 11, 2006
    • 05:46 PM
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  • I too have been diagnosed with intercostal myalgia/fibromyalgia, and I don't have pain but I cannot take full breath--I always think that it is some kind of undiagnosed lung-cancer or disease-should I go to a chiropracter or is acupunture enough? What are your thoughts and symptoms
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 11, 2006
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  • :) Years ago I went to an esteemed specialist in regard to another problem and he just happened to mention this condition. Many people get it, some only have minor symptoms, it is similar to arthritis, but of course we have to breathe and it hurts. Taking anti-inflamatory medication or just plain old paracetamol should help and living a healthy lifestyle, but not overdoing things.
    hairy45 11 Replies
    • November 12, 2006
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  • Thanks for your feed back -- I will try the Advil, but it does not take away the fear of a serious illiness -- when you can't breathe (I used to be a smoker) and you hear horrible stories, you always think the worst. I am gonna try going to a chiropracter and see if that helps -- does anyone experience the symptoms more around their ovulation or menstrual cycle (I hate to be descriptive) but I have been working of this for eight years and have seen that it gets worse around these times.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 12, 2006
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  • Hi Can anyone tell me whether this is worse when you lie down and how long it lasts for ? I have had pain like this for 5 years about once a month,, it usually lasts about 1 day but is very painful
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 2, 2006
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  • Ask whether your cervical spine could be causing the pain, whether through a herniated disc, nerve root compression, or osteoarthritis (spondylosis). A year ago I underwent cervical spinal fusion surgery at C3-6 and have experienced severe, persistent upper sternal pain that radiated to my scapula. One of the fusion hardware screws is protruding into the C6-7 disc space below the fusion, and there is a small herniation of the disc at this level, but no one believed this was related to my pain.It has just been found that irritation of the disk covering or the nerve roots at this level is causing REFERRED pain in a specific pattern that includes the sternum and scapula. The pain was reproduced via a corticosteroid epidural injection at C6-7 without lidocaine. The epidural was performed because I had obvious MRI findings, and had both diagnostic (reproducing pain) and therapeutic (calming inflammation) effects. However, another procedure can be performed in the absence of conclusive MRI findings when a disc is suspected to be damaged. Called a diskogram, it tests whether the pain can be reproduced by injecting a disc with saline. It does not treat pain but can help to identify the source of pain.Since four specialists missed my diagnosis, and it took a year to obtain it, I wanted to pass it on to others in the hope it may benefit someone. Best of luck!
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  • i have been recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia and intercostal myalgia. looking for people to talk to and get/lend support. pain is 24/7. sometimes hurts to take a deep breath. hope to get responses . thank you I also have fibromyalgia and I believe intercostal myalgia also. I have never been "officially" diagnosed with either, but rather receive insights from my chiropractor during my frequent visits. He is positive I have fibromyalgia, but the intercostal myalgia thing is not definite. Anyway, I have gotten extreme relief from my achy symptoms through chiropractic care, however, it is not an ultimate fix, just temporary relief until the next throw out. I would recommend finding an expert chiropractor who truly understands the needs of a fibromyalgia patient. Understand that this relieves symptoms and not fixes them, but also it takes repeated visits to see any extreme improvement.
    flowerchild286 6 Replies
    • November 9, 2007
    • 09:43 PM
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  • Hi,I'm going on about 23 years of intercostal/costochondritis pain now, and have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia for about eight. Probably had the condition a lot longer than the diagnosis.Anyway, from chats with other fibro folks, the rib cage is often where our troubles seem to start. Tough not to be able to get those bear hugs from the kids, or rough-house while they were growing up. But some folks have it worse, heh?Lying down for very long does tend to make it worse, 'cuz you're putting pressure on the ribs. None of my doctors have tried to treat ... they just get that puzzled glassy-eyed look they get with most my fibro symptoms and move on to something they can understand better.The only relief I've gotten is from a physical therapist who was brave enough to face the pain he was causing me and aggressively massage the rib cage area -- I guess that's what some of you are calling "stripping" the muscles in between the ribs. Got my first hugs in almost twenty years without pain. But that was a few years ago, and the pain is back.Best advice I can give -- if you're gonna do exercise such as yoga or Pilates, go at it VERY gradually. I knocked myself out for weeks trying to limber up like normal folk. Even the yoga and Pilates for inflexible people are too much to go at full steam. Decide what you think you can handle -- then do about a fourth that. See how you feel two days later, and if you are fine, then and only then step it up a little bit. Horseback riding seems to help, but don't do the all-day rides unless you work up to them VERY gradually. Baby steps, folks, baby steps.The best investment I've made was a basic model select-your-firmness air mattress style bed. Cradles the ribs without hurting them. A waterbed was pretty good, but hurt getting in and out. The air mattress is lighter and easier to change sheets on as well.I guess the bottom line is, it's probably not going to go away, you can't tough your way through it, so do NOT try to force your way through the pain or you'll pay later; DO stay as limber as possible without overdoing it. And grit your teeth and get a massage, even though it's gonna hurt like a son-of-a-gun.Thanks to those of you who recommended meds. I'll run them past my doc.And yes, it always gets worse for me with menses.
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  • I was so happy to read about the intercostal myalgia. I don't know if this is what i have but i get extreme pain in my rib cage off and on. Last night it was high (under the breasts) and all the way accross. Ii have had it lower too. I also have very bad pelvic pain. does anyone have thiese symptoms? I have been so depressed lately because I feel so sick most of the time.thanks for any help you can give me!
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  • Hi again folks, Just a quick heads-up to let you all know I'm now seeing a massage therapist who does myofascial release as well as craniosacral balancing work, and (hold your breath and cross your fingers) I seem to be getting a little relief on the pain and more mobility. I'll keep you posted after I see more long term results.
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  • Cranial Sacral therapy is great and so is myofascial massage. Please also try acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine - it is very helpful for intercostal pain and CFS/Fibro... Traditional Chinese medicine is a whole body form of medicine. Intercostal (also known as hypochondriac) pain is usually due to a liver imbalance. If you have migraines and depression, this if also due to liver "Qi" not flowing smoothly. There are very effective herbal medicines to help get you back in balance. To find a qualified acupuncturist/herbalist please visit www.nccaom.org, www.aaom.edu or www.acufinder.com Make sure they are NCCAOM certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology. I have treated many women and a few men (tends to occur more in women) for these symptoms. It works! Best wishesDOM
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  • Hi folks........... i believe that i may be suffering from a mild case of intercostal myalgia or fibromyalgia. I only suspect this from reading your posts to this thread. I will explain the history and my symptoms and would very much appreciate it if any of you could shed some light on whether or not i'm suffering from a similar condition to all of you. I am a 30 year old white male of Scottish descent. The first ever encounter i had with this problem (that i can recall) was when i was around 14 years of age. I was lying back in one of the living room chairs, comfortable. It was when i attempted to get up that i felt shooting pains in my upper left chest (heart area). So, being 14, or maybe just being me, i tried to hide this from my parents who were sitting across the room. I sat in that chair for i think something like 15 minutes, if i tried to get up the pains returned, if i tried to breath deeply the pains returned, but if i breathed slowly, and took shallow'ish breaths i could sit there with no pain. That is the first experience that i can recall of. Since then the problem has been very intermittent. I actually have no notes, so i am guessing from my poor memory here, but i'd say this problem reoccurs around once or twice a year. Generally its exactly as i described above but can usually be quite short in length, lasting sometimes only a minute or two until i right myself. I actually think i may have gone some years where i did not have the problem at all, and other years where it occurred half a dozen times or so. Also, it appears to be the same as it always was, i don’t feel the problem has gotten any better/worse over the years! Just the same as ever. As for the pain i experience, its sore, very uncomfortable. I would describe it as a shooting type of pain and feels like it is happening around the heart area. But, i can dodge it if i take shallow breaths and don’t move. Strange! I would very much appreciate it if anyone could take the time to consider my reply and perhaps shed some light on what might be going on with me. Is it worth me seeing a doctor about or should i just suck it up and get on with life. After all, you guys appear to be suffering a great deal more than i ever have. Many thanksAwaiting any responseAlistair
    ALI101 1 Replies
    • January 23, 2009
    • 08:18 AM
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  • In 2007, I was in bed for 4 months suffering pretty bad morning sickness... when I felt ok to get up, the next day, I did a huge walk (by accident - parked too far from a particular spot!). When I awoke the next morning, I was back in bed again with severe, sharp chest/rib pain! The pain was on my left side, under my ribs. I could only breath slightly and fast - any slow long breaths would cause sharp jabs. It felt like it was close to my heart - I could not get to it with a massage.I tried a chiro, who told me to put an ice-pack on my back to reduce the swelling - then he'd look at it again. When I returned, he lay me down on my side (as I was very pregnant) and he tried to massage me - it was very awkward, but whatever he did appeared to settle it down a bit.Since having the baby, the pain returned a few times - but went away when I commenced pilates. The pain returned (in Nov 08) when I purchased & wore a BRA that was TOO tight! It was unbearable after an hour & continued every few days. In January (2009) it occurred DAILY as I went on a long/driving holiday. It started as I stood up (locked me up under the ribs & couldn't breathe, with the jabs shooting across left & right under the rib cage, sometimes stabbing further down the back). Pain killers would soon settle it... only slightly.Now (Feb 2009), I am getting PINS & NEEDLES in my feet and hands whilst I'm in bed (overnight). When I wake, I can't feel my hands / arms or feet. I can't get out of bed until I've had pain killers - in fact, overnight the pain is getting so bad (tightens up, grabs me, I can't breath!) that I need extra pain relief. I am trying to do walking but that is making it worse - it seems to promote the possibility of me twisting incorrectly, even only a slight body turn to see if a car is coming will bring on the first jab of pain, then I can't move. I am trying to reduce my computer hours - but I have discovered my new worst enemy - it's the car seat!!Does any of this sound familiar? My research is pointing to Intercostal neuralgia & other things.... is there's much difference with Intercostal myalgia?thanks greatly for your guidance and any suggestions,Kindest regards & wishes,victoria xox
    victorialee 2 Replies
    • February 6, 2009
    • 02:58 PM
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  • In 2007, I was in bed for 4 months suffering pretty bad morning sickness... when I felt ok to get up, the next day, I did a huge walk (by accident - parked too far from a particular spot!). When I awoke the next morning, I was back in bed again with severe, sharp chest/rib pain! The pain was on my left side, under my ribs. I could only breath slightly and fast - any slow long breaths would cause sharp jabs. It felt like it was close to my heart - I could not get to it with a massage.I tried a chiro, who told me to put an ice-pack on my back to reduce the swelling - then he'd look at it again. When I returned, he lay me down on my side (as I was very pregnant) and he tried to massage me - it was very awkward, but whatever he did appeared to settle it down a bit.Since having the baby, the pain returned a few times - but went away when I commenced pilates. The pain returned (in Nov 08) when I purchased & wore a BRA that was TOO tight! It was unbearable after an hour & continued every few days. In January (2009) it occurred DAILY as I went on a long/driving holiday. It started as I stood up (locked me up under the ribs & couldn't breathe, with the jabs shooting across left & right under the rib cage, sometimes stabbing further down the back). Pain killers would soon settle it... only slightly.Now (Feb 2009), I am getting PINS & NEEDLES in my feet and hands whilst I'm in bed (overnight). When I wake, I can't feel my hands / arms or feet. I can't get out of bed until I've had pain killers - in fact, overnight the pain is getting so bad (tightens up, grabs me, I can't breath!) that I need extra pain relief. I am trying to do walking but that is making it worse - it seems to promote the possibility of me twisting incorrectly, even only a slight body turn to see if a car is coming will bring on the first jab of pain, then I can't move. I am trying to reduce my computer hours - but I have discovered my new worst enemy - it's the car seat!!Does any of this sound familiar? My research is pointing to Intercostal neuralgia & other things.... is there's much difference with Intercostal myalgia?thanks greatly for your guidance and any suggestions,Kindest regards & wishes,victoria xoxOh my goodness that sounds just like me! I've had tightness in my lower ribcage. It only became really uncomfortable after our long drive to Sydney (from Perth - 5 days!). I felt like something was pushing up into my ribs and they felt bruised. I also found it hard to take a deep breath without it feeling sore and tight. Sometimes it feels like there are muscles under my ribs that contract and tighten and that is quite scary.I find it worse in the car of if I've been sat for a while (I have a tendency to slouch) and I have also found myself choosing not to wear any underwire bras as I thought this was also contributing.My doctor said there was nothing really to prescribe but that magnesium may help?! I bought some today and am hoping it works!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 20, 2010
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  • Thanks For sharing Hi,I'm going on about 23 years of intercostal/costochondritis pain now, and have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia for about eight. Probably had the condition a lot longer than the diagnosis.Anyway, from chats with other fibro folks, the rib cage is often where our troubles seem to start. Tough not to be able to get those bear hugs from the kids, or rough-house while they were growing up. But some folks have it worse, heh?Lying down for very long does tend to make it worse, 'cuz you're putting pressure on the ribs. None of my doctors have tried to treat ... they just get that puzzled glassy-eyed look they get with most my fibro symptoms and move on to something they can understand better.The only relief I've gotten is from a physical therapist who was brave enough to face the pain he was causing me and aggressively massage the rib cage area -- I guess that's what some of you are calling "stripping" the muscles in between the ribs. Got my first hugs in almost twenty years without pain. But that was a few years ago, and the pain is back.Best advice I can give -- if you're gonna do exercise such as yoga or Pilates, go at it VERY gradually. I knocked myself out for weeks trying to limber up like normal folk. Even the yoga and Pilates for inflexible people are too much to go at full steam. Decide what you think you can handle -- then do about a fourth that. See how you feel two days later, and if you are fine, then and only then step it up a little bit. Horseback riding seems to help, but don't do the all-day rides unless you work up to them VERY gradually. Baby steps, folks, baby steps.The best investment I've made was a basic model select-your-firmness air mattress style bed. Cradles the ribs without hurting them. A waterbed was pretty good, but hurt getting in and out. The air mattress is lighter and easier to change sheets on as well.I guess the bottom line is, it's probably not going to go away, you can't tough your way through it, so do NOT try to force your way through the pain or you'll pay later; DO stay as limber as possible without overdoing it. And grit your teeth and get a massage, even though it's gonna hurt like a son-of-a-gun.Thanks to those of you who recommended meds. I'll run them past my doc.And yes, it always gets worse for me with menses.
    genevawinbush 1 Replies
    • September 11, 2010
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  • I was so happy to read about the intercostal myalgia. I don't know if this is what i have but i get extreme pain in my rib cage off and on. Last night it was high (under the breasts) and all the way accross. Ii have had it lower too. I also have very bad pelvic pain. does anyone have thiese symptoms? I have been so depressed lately because I feel so sick most of the time.thanks for any help you can give me!For six months i have had this vague rib/chest pain on left side of chest......affects me when i laugh...thats when i first started to notice it........like an ache......for awhile i thought it was gettting better..what really bothers me is at night when lying on my left side and occasionally right i have this soreness that makes me have to lie on my back....of course think the worse at night........was told about some type of tumour that grows on outside of lung and affects people positionally.......doc says shes not worried i had chest xray and it didnt show anything.......had breathing test and will find result of that in week...they say it does look like more air in ne lung........that hurt to do like a son of a gun.........wierd thing is i noticed and my husband sees it to is my left side rib cage looks bigger than right.........whats that??????????so glad i followed up on this on my own and found this site!!! makes me feel a little better1
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 18, 2011
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  • i have been recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia and intercostal myalgia. looking for people to talk to and get/lend support. pain is 24/7. sometimes hurts to take a deep breath. hope to get responses . thank youi havent officailly been diagnosed........had chest xray which was fine.had breathing tests which i find out about in week........but for 6 months i have this strange pain on left side of chest around rib cage.......it affects me at night which really scares m.........when lying on left side especially and occasionally on right.........ive noticed it sometimes like when i am doing seat belt up that sort of thing.......of course at night you think the worse...found this sight and feel better somewhat........go to my doc in a week.....i first noticed this pain when i get laughing or if i raised voice at kids....LOl but seriously ....was in a lot of discomfort doing brethng test...its like a pinching feeling at times and then an achy feel at others......so wierd........now this sounds really wierd but i noticded my left rib cage looks larger than right and my husband agreees....have no clue what that means ......
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    • February 18, 2011
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  • Hi!Just a follow up from my last post (from "Victorialee" but I couldn't post under my old login for some reason!) - I wrote that Feb 2009.In early 2010, it was after seeing a MYOTHERAPIST that my back \went into lightning-strike debilitating spasms.. she went pretty ******n me for over an hour. A few days later I was out like a light... not able to walk, barely able to breathe. A few weeks later, I ended up i hospital. I had chronic rib spasms that left me gasping for air, lying on my lounge room floor having a weirdo breathing fit with my husband watching on in shock! I needed help desperately!! I was in hospital for a number of days, where they tried to reduce swelling on my back with ice packs and get me back up & walking without the spasm taking hold again (which it did...). Days & days of hospital physio & fatty meals...urgggghhh... I eventually came back home where I spent the next 5 months in bed barely able to even roll over... not even able to get myself up to get to physio!During that time at home trying to recover, I noticed when I ate particular foods (eg. cocoa/chocolate) I would immediately hear this weird LOUD squeezing/squelching noise come from under my ribs - the whole room could hear it! I decided (around this time last year/Jan 2011) to stop eating a lot of foods I loved in order to stop this strange noise (and resulting bad guts I'd get) after eating these yummy (but fattening) foods!Seems like my body was trying to tell me something.... Well, it was.Just a few weeks ago.. after deciding to see a new doctor about this ridiculous ongoing & debilitating pain he decided to do TESTS! The pain would travel around.. mainly from my right ribcage, but I see from my post here years ago I said it was my left ribs! In hospital, it was more lower right ribs & right shoulder blade area that went into spasms... .. the Result? .... I'll be finding out results of blood tests tomorrow, but the radiologist FOUND SOMETHING IN A SCAN!I had an upper abdomen ultrasound & they found WHOPPING BIG GALL STONES! Had been growing there for years hehe!!hahahahahahahahahaha...... ! That explains the right rib pain AND the left side (that's called referred pain) plus the shoulder blades etc.. oh and tummy pain! and the squelching noises (that was the bile duct)... and the fatty foods in hospital was not EVER going to see me arrive home any faster (what a joke!!).. and the massages/myotherapist was only helping it to flare up! ..and that foot I felt would continually get stuck in my ribs when I was pregnant was NOT my baby's foot in my ribcage LOLI'm not sure of the extent of the damage, but there were lots of stones ... i am so happy to have a result! Now to just wait to hear what the doc says tomorrow! The radiologist said I'd probably have the gall bladder removed with key hole surgery.anyway, thought I would keep you guys updated ......and no matter how many scans/xrays or tests you've done or hospitals you've been to, keep trying. I cried out to different doctors saying I was over the daily pain and having to take pain relief just so I could sit up............... I'm not saying it might be the answer to the pain (it could still be something else) but at least this Doc thought outside the square to think it may not be my "back" or "ribs" but something else (!!)... so don't give up!Vic xxxxx
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