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Hi Lilcee. I, too, am fighting a rib pain problem. Had xrays, MRI, blood work. All came back "normal". Mine started w/a cold & cough. They thought I had shingles at first because the pain was so bad, or that I had cracked a rib coughing. Slept on a loveseat curled up in a ball for 3-4 weeks, cause I couldn't lay in bed. Vicodin didn't help much for the pain. At about week 6 or 7, I was really getting fed up with drs. (Saw PCP 2x, an orthopedic, once to ER cause of pain.) I called my dr and said if there's nothing wrong with me, then where do I go from here. What about physical Therapy? I was willing to do anything to get rid of the pain, as mine was on both sides of my ribcage (even bras were torture to try & put on, so I didn't). So I went to PT and they examined me, and said my posture needed correction(scoliosis) and I also had a rotation in the ribs...which meant they were out of place. Finally after 4 wks of PT (lots of stretching) the pain is getting better. I also thought it could've been costochondroitis (and maybe that was a part of it...I was never officially diagnosed, so I don't know anything for sure). But PT seems to be helping...and if nothing else, it's helping correct my poor posture.
Have you had any xrays or MRI this time around? They didn't show my problem, but I understand ribs are a fairly overlooked area. Have you tried heat packs, cold packs?
I found heat worked better for me and helped relieve the pain. And ibuprophen worked as much as the vicodin did. Those heat wraps that stick to your body are good, when you can't just sit there with a heating pad, which I carried back & forth to work for about a month or so. Keep plugging away for answers, though. Don't let the drs slide if your in pain and it is recurrent. Pain is a symptom that something isn't right, and needs to be addressed. Hoping you're feeling better soon and can enjoy that vacation. I spent my 2 weeks vacation ,"celebrating" my 50th bday doing PT!!!
Lilcee,

Hello, you sound a lot like me...i also have the "balled up fist" under my rib cage, and it goes around to the back (mine does). I had access to an ultrasound machine and when i put the probe on the spot on my back where it hurt, there was my left kidney. I had no bladder problems. Dr first thought shingles, (no rash), after 2 months and it not going away i had spinal xrays, normal.....he wanted to inject cortisone...I said NO WAY. And got a second opinion, he was stumped, too. i had more xrays, abd u/s, urine tests, blood tests, abd cat scan...all normal. I have been on so many anti inflammatories, ultracet ( which did help), and vicodin when the pain was horrible, and xanax (.25mg helped when the pain flared up....helped with stress, and i could Finally sleep...he also put me on 3 different types of antidepressants (those make me crazy...i am on the ceiling....i could not sleep for 3 whole days while on one of them)..he said it was just my body getting used to it....ha!!!!! I was at the point of suicide. So those are a big No No for me. Then he retired:( . Next dr kept me on the xanax, ultracet, and vicodin for what i called break thru pain)....well the ultracet started to make me want to vomit....so he said to use the vicodin as i needed......He had another gi ct scan .... thought it was spenic flexure (trapped gas) No gi signs. 6 weeks ago i picked up a box, and now have toe numbness that comes and goes, horrible sciatic pain....and still the wrapping pain.....
Sorry that this is so long, but if you find out what it is...let me know......I see a spine dr tomorrow, so maybe he can shed some light on this. I have had this wrapping pain for about 3 years.
take care
nean