Severe upper back ribcage pain that occasionally wraps around my right side to the front. Wakes me up at night and HORRIFIC in the morning!
My name is Pam, I am 42 and I have had this for about 4 years but it has become SEVERE the last 3 months to where it wakes me up at night and I am more miserable than I have been in my entire life! I can only sleep on my right side which makes things worse! it hurts all day, it is now on both sides but usually is more prominent on my right side and sometimes spreads around to the front and I am getting so frustrated!! Throughout the night it feels like someone has a huge vice grip around my entire rib cage and has it just tight enough not to break a rib, but comes really close! That is the best way I can describe it. I take hydrocodone every 4-6 hrs for a lovely variety of chronic pain conditions and that just takes the edge off for about 2 hours! I also have Fibromyalgia, MS, lumbar and cervical disc bulges, DDD and Psoriatic Arthritis. I have had these and other minor medical conditions way before all of this began! I have told my PCP, my Cardiologist and my Pain Mgt Dr's about it and they seem to all either say it's due to one of my medical conditions, my Cardiologist is doing a stress test to check for any more blocked arteries and my PCP said if the stress test comes back normal it could be my gallbladder and will send me for a HIDA scan. Funny thing is, I have had 2 hiss scans and 2 CT scans in the last 5 yrs to check my gallbladder and even admitted once due to pain in my right side and my gastro dr told me I needed my gallbladder out as I lay in a hospital bed and as he was still standing there the general surgeon came in and said it wasn't my gallbladder!!!! I'm so confused and need the help of people who have had the same symptoms or know someone who has! I am miserable, sick being in pain, need sleep and LOTS of help!! thanks for any and all help!