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12-21-2007, 06:55 AM
i have had rib pain since my 1st lupus flare. i can feel bumps on my rib cage. its so painfull to take a deep breath. i had an ultra sound and nothing shows up not even pluerisy. is this part of lupus?
12-21-2007, 08:10 AM
Since your doctors are sure that your pain is not due to pleurisy, pulmonary hypertension or pericardits, then there might be another explanation. One of the primary symptoms of Lupus is inflammation. Our disease can cause inflammation in every part of our body (tissues, skin, organs, etc.). Many of us suffer from Costochondritis. This is an inflammation of a rib or the cartilage connecting a rib. This is a common cause of chest pain for many people, with or without Lupus.
Your doctor can diagnose costochondritis by pressing on the area where the ribs meet the chest bone (the sternum). If this area is tender and sore, costochondritis is the most likely cause of your chest pain. Anti-inflammatory medicines (such as ibuprofen) are used to treat costochondritis.
Ask your doctor about this possibility in order to find out exactly what is going on! Keep us posted
Peace and Blessings
I have had rib pain for over a year - they told me it was conchodritis- then displaced ribs and so on ... Same thing - it hurts when I take a deep breath - this has really been a major problem because now the pain goes right threw my sternum and all I can do is listen to sound of crackling threw my back and sternum ...
12-28-2007, 02:37 PM
Have they suggested any treatments for you? There are treatments for costochondritis (as well as cracked ribs).
They suggested ibuprofin in conjunction with additional meds - It's strange though- this all started after I had a viral infection - everthing started after that - including the lupus dianosis- But the rib pain is non-stop it affects every aspect of my life - it is really uncomfortable - Any suggestions ???
12-29-2007, 10:37 AM
There are many researchers and doctors who believe that viral infections can be the impetus for Lupus to rear its ugly head. So, it is not at all surprising that all of your symptoms started after a viral infection, that has happened to many of us.
Keep us posted on how you are feeling and how the medications are working for you.
Peace and Blessings
01-17-2008, 05:37 AM
do you know or have info. on what kind of treatment is used for rib pain
01-20-2008, 09:38 AM
Doctors will usually suggest that you start with Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) and naproxen (Aleve). They may prescribe antidepressants, specifically a category of medicines called tricyclic antidepressants, if your pain is making it difficult for you to get recuperative sleep. They may also prescribe muscle relaxants, which can also help ease the pain. You may also be given a local anesthetic and steroid injection in the area that is tender, particularly if your normal activities become very painful and the pain does not respond to the medications or treatments listed above. The goals of treatment are to reduce inflammation and to control pain.
Peace and Blessings
01-23-2008, 06:37 AM
Yes, chest pain when I breathe in and shortness of breath.
Have had this throughout my 30 years of lupus.
Prednisone helps, then when the symptoms get better, I reduce the dosage..
My rheumy says it's part of having lupus. It's Inflammation.
Now I am in a remission or near remission, so very few symptoms of any kind. Fatigue is still there and is the mainstay with lupus, I've been told by a lupus specialist. Good luck!
01-23-2008, 07:06 PM
I am so glad that you posted about this because I have had this exact same rib pain for a while but just chalked it up to just being a part of life. I never thought of it as an actual symptom. I am so glad to know it actually has a name. I am learning a lot from this board. Very glad to have found it!
01-25-2008, 06:27 AM
THANKYOU for the support and information. what do you feel like when your in remmison? do you still have pain?