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Old 06-10-2002, 02:07 AM   #1
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Post Throbbing Pains Under Ribcage / Difficulty Breathing

Wanted to know if anyone out there has experienced the following symptomg.

Two weeks ago I started to feel a sporadic but repeated stabbing pain that started approx. 2 inches off the sternum under a right rib. Didn't matter what I was doing. Inhaling, exhaling, standing, exercising, lying down. Dull but focused pain repeatedly occurred. Few days later, same pain started also on opposite side of the sternum under a rib. Then more pains under the entire rib cage followed both infront and at back and around spine.

Thought these pains were some type of weird muscle strain. However, after 2 weeks of these odd pains, I developed a strange pressure in my entire chest area. This has made breathing very difficult - especially inhaling. It feels as if my chest is wrapped in a metal vice.

There is no fever, cough, flu, fatigue, asthma history, indigestion etc. to report.

The only thing which I similarly experienced last year was the problem breathing part. This was caused as a result of food poisoning where my abdomen extended from a form of ecoli (luckily not the 1075 strain)I picked up from having eaten a hamburger at a restaurant. The bacterial infection was treated with Cypro for 1 month. After which I resumed normal breathing and no more discomfort in my chest or ribcage.

Hence I am thinking could what I am currently experiencing be another form of food poisoning? But why do I have the pains under the ribs and throughout my ribcage? Why am I having trouble breathing - especially inhaling?

Have any of you been feeling similarly? Have you seen a doctor? What was the diagnosis? Treatment?

Please let me know.




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Old 06-13-2002, 06:56 PM   #2
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Hi Ruby -

I have been experiencing the same symptoms in the last few days. Sharp pain in the right chest area, slight breathing difficulties. I'm concerned it may be a lung clot because I had a leg infection 8 weeks ago. I was on anti-biotics and thought it was cleared up. They did a doppler on my infected leg and said no clots, but you never know.

If this doesnt clear up in a few days, I'm going to see my doctor to see if I can get a picture or scan of the lung just to be sure. Has your doctor performed a chest x-ray or done other diagnostics to rule out a lung issue? Have you seen your doctor and ask if it could possibly be a clot? Infections are nasty things and have a way of hanging around.

Old 07-02-2002, 11:19 AM   #3
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wtntnow HB User

I have been suffering from almost the same pain for three weeks. I was diagnosed with pleurisy. Dr. put me on anti-inflammatory. I know youre note was posted a while ago but i hope you saw a doctor and are well now. I am curious as to what this may have been, maybe post an update?

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