It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Pain Management Message Board

Rib and chest pain


Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-11-2012, 08:54 AM   #1
sandiemas
Senior Member
(female)
 
sandiemas's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: California
Posts: 225
Blog Entries: 1
sandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB User
Rib and chest pain

Has anyone had severe pain in ribcage on leftside to mid chest/mid back, between shoulder blades. It is a 8 on the 1-10 scale with my pain medication. I have several ddd issues through spine. Amongst other things, but the chest pain is severe and I am just trying to compare notes on expeiences and pain, symptoms. My words are confused, speech slurred, hands and feet tingly but mid back, ribs, and chest pain is the worse. I know noone can give medical advise but if someone out there has similar issues I would love to hear about them. Sorry if this is rambled but my thoughts aren't coming out clear it is like I have severe brain fog. Thanks for reading.
__________________
Sandy

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


C5-C6 tear/buldge
C6-C7 ACDF
T1 - T5 neuroforaminal, lesions, facet arthropathy
Disectomy L5/S1
Anxiety
PTSD
Chronic Pain

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 07-11-2012, 12:11 PM   #2
marbelmo
Senior Member
(male)
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 157
marbelmo HB User
Re: Rib and chest pain

I can relate.
Have you had any cervical / thorasic imaging done?
That's a good place to start.
__________________
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."

 
Old 07-11-2012, 12:44 PM   #3
sandiemas
Senior Member
(female)
 
sandiemas's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: California
Posts: 225
Blog Entries: 1
sandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB User
Re: Rib and chest pain

Quote:
Originally Posted by marbelmo View Post
I can relate.
Have you had any cervical / thorasic imaging done?
That's a good place to start.
yes I have a cervical mri that showed some arthritis and other things and some lesions on my t2 and t5 but I don't know that lesions cause any pain I think they're just like bruises. no herniated disc in the area.

I had a fusion on my c 6 c 7and have never been the same. No new herniations but some cord flattening and bone spurs. Not sure if that would cause this type of thing or not.
__________________
Sandy

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


C5-C6 tear/buldge
C6-C7 ACDF
T1 - T5 neuroforaminal, lesions, facet arthropathy
Disectomy L5/S1
Anxiety
PTSD
Chronic Pain

 
Old 07-12-2012, 12:43 PM   #4
marbelmo
Senior Member
(male)
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 157
marbelmo HB User
Re: Rib and chest pain

Well, C6-7 (where I also have issues but no fusion yet), is a prime spot for referred intrascapular pain.
Theoretically, if you're fused, there should no longer be any nerve impingement there.
It's really hard tosay about the lesions.
I guess all I can offer is my sympathy and support.
I know the pain you speak of all too well.
__________________
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."

 
The Following User Says Thank You to marbelmo For This Useful Post:
sandiemas (07-12-2012)
Old 07-12-2012, 07:37 PM   #5
RPM12
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: NY
Posts: 37
RPM12 HB UserRPM12 HB UserRPM12 HB User
Re: Rib and chest pain

Hi Sandy,

I don't know if this is anything like what you are having or not. I had severe, severe pain in my back between my shoulder blades. I couldn't lie down, or sit back in a chair. I kept almost passing out from the pain.

My family Doctor said it was tendonitis. Pain pills didn't help.

I finally went to a chiro. Now, I'm not necessarily an advocate of chiros, but he knew right away it was an inflamed muscle pushing on a nerve. The nerve was in the chest area, and I felt like I was having a heart attack. He gave me some stretching exercises and it soon went away. One of the exercises I know helped was to roll my head towards my chest, and then roll my shoulders down. Every time I feel it tighten up I do the exercises. Thank heavens they work, as I could never have tolerated that pain long term.

I know there's a name for this condition, and I can't think of it, but maybe run this by your Doctor?

 
The Following User Says Thank You to RPM12 For This Useful Post:
sandiemas (07-13-2012)
Old 07-12-2012, 11:12 PM   #6
sandiemas
Senior Member
(female)
 
sandiemas's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: California
Posts: 225
Blog Entries: 1
sandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB User
Re: Rib and chest pain

Quote:
Originally Posted by RPM12 View Post
Hi Sandy,

I don't know if this is anything like what you are having or not. I had severe, severe pain in my back between my shoulder blades. I couldn't lie down, or sit back in a chair. I kept almost passing out from the pain.

My family Doctor said it was tendonitis. Pain pills didn't help.

I finally went to a chiro. Now, I'm not necessarily an advocate of chiros, but he knew right away it was an inflamed muscle pushing on a nerve. The nerve was in the chest area, and I felt like I was having a heart attack. He gave me some stretching exercises and it soon went away. One of the exercises I know helped was to roll my head towards my chest, and then roll my shoulders down. Every time I feel it tighten up I do the exercises. Thank heavens they work, as I could never have tolerated that pain long term.

I know there's a name for this condition, and I can't think of it, but maybe run this by your Doctor?
Thanks for the info, I will try those stretches tonight. the pain is bad and it cant hurt anything. The meds definatly aren't touching it. Even muscle relaxers just make me loopy.lol

If you can think of any other ones keep me posted... Thanks
__________________
Sandy

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


C5-C6 tear/buldge
C6-C7 ACDF
T1 - T5 neuroforaminal, lesions, facet arthropathy
Disectomy L5/S1
Anxiety
PTSD
Chronic Pain

 
Old 07-13-2012, 04:46 PM   #7
RPM12
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: NY
Posts: 37
RPM12 HB UserRPM12 HB UserRPM12 HB User
Re: Rib and chest pain

Hopefully the exercises won't hurt.

The regimen of exercises starts with stretches side to side.

Then the chest roll as I described.

Then roll your shoulders forward in small increasing circles, and then backwards the same. Think dime, nickle, quarter when you're going sizes.

Then head turning left to right and vice verse with your head straight up, and then the same with head bent down.

Then down on hands and knees and do the cat/ camel stretch.

But I know the one that helped me the most was the chest roll.

Please let us know how you're progressing. Assuming your pain is anything like mine was, I feel very badly for you.

 
The Following User Says Thank You to RPM12 For This Useful Post:
sandiemas (07-14-2012)
Old 07-14-2012, 07:34 AM   #8
tiggertoo2174
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: State of Mizery, USA
Posts: 653
tiggertoo2174 HB Usertiggertoo2174 HB Usertiggertoo2174 HB Usertiggertoo2174 HB Usertiggertoo2174 HB Usertiggertoo2174 HB Usertiggertoo2174 HB User
Re: Rib and chest pain

I'd suggest getting in to see your primary care Dr. who will likely want to rule out any possibility of cardiac issues. I've got similar problems on the right side have had every imaging test possible in the area, and all they have come up with is a little arthritis at T5. I'd try ice, heat, and alternating ice and heat. Stretching is good too but if something causes more pain stop. Some PT might be worthwhile if you can manage it. Good luck.

Tigg.

 
The following user gives a hug of support to tiggertoo2174:
sandiemas (07-14-2012)
Old 07-14-2012, 09:42 AM   #9
sandiemas
Senior Member
(female)
 
sandiemas's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: California
Posts: 225
Blog Entries: 1
sandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB Usersandiemas HB User
Re: Rib and chest pain

Quote:
Originally Posted by tiggertoo2174 View Post
I'd suggest getting in to see your primary care Dr. who will likely want to rule out any possibility of cardiac issues. I've got similar problems on the right side have had every imaging test possible in the area, and all they have come up with is a little arthritis at T5. I'd try ice, heat, and alternating ice and heat. Stretching is good too but if something causes more pain stop. Some PT might be worthwhile if you can manage it. Good luck.

Tigg.
I have had an mri and it shows arthritis at each level on the tspine and lesions on t2 and t5. But it feels different like the sharp stabbing, burning pain in mid back but the squeese around to mid chest has me worried feels as if someone has taken a belt and wrapped it around my chest, with electrical spikes down left arm that keeps tightening it. I cant seem to shake it, it is constant and annoying. I am trying the stretches and have an appointment on the 20th hopefully it is just my anxiety issues and no big deal. Thanks for the help. Having thoracic issues do they cause chest pains as if you are having a heart attack?
__________________
Sandy

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


C5-C6 tear/buldge
C6-C7 ACDF
T1 - T5 neuroforaminal, lesions, facet arthropathy
Disectomy L5/S1
Anxiety
PTSD
Chronic Pain

Last edited by sandiemas; 07-14-2012 at 09:45 AM.

 
Old 07-14-2012, 06:53 PM   #10
RPM12
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: NY
Posts: 37
RPM12 HB UserRPM12 HB UserRPM12 HB User
Re: Rib and chest pain

Sandy, I am sorry, I assumed you had gone to a Doctor to rule out heart problems. Please do. This might warrant an ER visit.

But, yes, I thought I was having a heart attack, and of course the pain was so bad my blood pressure was up.

But, it was not a heart problem, it was a muscle problem, and yes, I thought I was having a heart attack, the pain was so bad.

After you rule out heart problems, consider a chiro.

 
The Following User Says Thank You to RPM12 For This Useful Post:
sandiemas (07-15-2012)
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Pain in back under shoulder that radiates around to chest Rustyb1 Pain Management 6 09-18-2011 10:35 AM
upper chest pain mynameishelen Pain Management 0 07-17-2011 10:02 PM
chest pain while taking deeo breath testing321 Pain Management 1 08-25-2009 05:01 AM
chest pain when I move my shoulders... erikoman1 Pain Management 0 08-10-2009 09:09 PM
Chest pain Leigh1988 Pain Management 5 07-09-2009 10:24 AM
Pain on far left side of my chest Dark Stranger Pain Management 15 07-20-2008 12:37 PM
Back/Chest pain Mokiwolf Pain Management 3 07-19-2008 05:59 PM
Chest pain...any ideas? Gwyndra Pain Management 4 12-11-2004 09:14 PM
chest pain? Ammar Pain Management 2 10-03-2004 08:04 AM
chest pain mrjones86 Pain Management 4 05-23-2002 05:47 PM

Tags
back pain, chest pain, neck back pain, pain thoracic



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:15 AM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2017 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!