I have been having very bad pain around my entire rib cage each morning upon waking. It wakes me up around 3 or 4 in the morning and feels like a band being pulled around my ribs and made as tighter and tighter. After a few hours when I am up, the pain subsides. Not sure what the cause is or what to do about it. I've tried different beds and the result is always the same.
I am a 46 year old female and am peri-menopausal. Other than that, no other issues or injuries.
Definitely see your doctor. There is a condition called costochondritis that can cause rib cage pain but often you know of an incident where you pulled the area. I think at least an exam and x-ray can start on the process to see what is going on. Also, being peri-menopausal you want perhaps a bone density scan.
It's basically an inflammation of tissues in the rib cage area (muscles, tendons, ligaments, and sometime bone inflammation). Often happens after some kind of strain, sprain or accident (I was told I had it after persistent one side rib cage pain after falling off a bunk at camp in my teens when I of course didn't slow down after the fall).
It's usually the first thing that is thought of with symptoms like these but it's true that if it perseveres and worsens it is likely not the diagnosis. A college athlete who doesn't rest up after this type of diagnosis could see worsening.
Thus a doctor visit and a chest x-ray (front and side views) is the way to start down the diagnostic pathway.