Originally Posted by crittermom
mine turned out to be costochondritis.I am on Tylenol 3's for the pain.Which do little to help ease it.
I've had a case of this since I developed pneumonia in the summer of 2004 and was in the hospital. Only mine is at my bra line towards my left side and not centre chest and affects 4 ribs. I can't even wear a bra because the pressure from the elastic causes so much pain that I cry. I can't sleep on my left side either, or take in deep breaths. The acts of coughing, sneezing, hiccoughing or even burping causes me such pain sometimes that I cry from the pain.
Tylenol #3 and Ibruprophen barely even touch the pain.
At first the doctor thought I had a broken rib that wasn't showing up on the xray. Months later it was still there and so severe that if you so much as touched the area with your figure I would have slapped you silly!
Each time I was at the doctor and he poked around I tensed up and started to cry
He tried giving me a shot (not cortisone), to numb the area, but all that did was numb the skin
but the pain was still there.
A year ago I finally got into a pain clinic and the doctor there did a whole bunch of blood work. One of the things she tested for was my Vitamin D level. Vitamin D is acquired from the Sun or from certain types of foods such as fatty fish like Salmon. Vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium into your bones. Altertered levels can also cause horrendous amounts of bone pain and even cause depression.
I don't sit in the sun and don't take in enough Vitamin type foods, so as a result my Vitamin D levels were nearly depleted. She figures the reason I broke my foot a couple of years ago when I fainted was a result of my low Vitamin D levels and the fact that my bones had become brittle because of the lack of calcium they were getting (no Vitamin D means your bones don't absorb the calcium).
I was put on extremely high doses of Vitamin D, twice a week for 6 months, and after being on it for a couple months I started to notice a reduction in the pain I was having in my bones. Not only in the rib area, but all over. For months and months I was waking up every 1 to 2 hours with such intense bone pain that I wished I was dead sometimes.
I am now required to take a daily dose of Vitamin D to maintain the levels.
I still have pain in my left side, but I don't go through the roof when I burp or cough and some days I don't even need to take anything for that particular pain.