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Does Anyone Have RA (arthritis) In Their Rib Cage?

Does Anyone Have RA (arthritis) In Their Rib Cage?

For the past week I've been having worsening pain in my right lower rib cage area. Actually feels to BE the rib cage. No swelling but even to place a finger on it creates intense pain. Any movement, cough, deep breath or pressure is agonizing. Slight temp last night otherwise normal. Feels like I got hit by a baseball bat. No injury.

Has anyone else had this? Messaged rheumy and he just said to make an appointment. Messaged primary and haven't heard back.

Just wondering if this is from theā€¦ read more

A myRAteam Member said:

I started out with rib pain when I first got arthritis.I was about 4 or 5 years old.That was the first area of my body where I had pain.In fact,that's how my parents knew something was wrong.I remember stopping on the sidewalk and telling my Mom my ribs hurt.I got diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis soon after and have been in severe pain ever since.We are strong people.We are surviving arthritis together.I find it to be a miserable disease.Even with great courage and effort it is still so difficult.The pain,fatigue,swelling and trouble with walking are so hard to deal with.I do the best that I can,but sometimes it really saddens me that so many people have arthritis and all the pain and hardship it causes us.I wish there was a cure for it and that nobody ever had to be subjected to it.

posted about 6 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I had that in the ribs on the back. Come to find out I had such a change in bone density that they were micro fractures just from breathing and coughing. Have you had a bone density done? Needless to say, I am on more meds now due to the osteoporosis. Best of luck.

posted about 6 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I have had a few types of rib pain. One possibility that came to mind especially after you pnuenmoia(sp) obviously wrong spelling but I have had severe rib pain after long bouts of coughing. Also I have had pleurisy, which is an inflammation of the lining I belive around the lung, and we're all familiar with inflation. And I have had a flare that strated in my feet and eventually worked all the way up to my shoulders . There was no doubt it was RA, and my ribs hurt like hell. I did go away as the flare dissipated. Make sure you Dr doesn't dismiss it til you know for sure what it is. You know your in my prayer, your going thru enough as it is.

posted about 6 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Yes you could experience are in your rib cage you could also experience ra around your rib cage and that's what happened to me because I thought it was my chest was tightening but it was only chest pain caused by RA so the answer to your question is absolutely yes. But be certain there's other things in your chest area that could also give you pain, don't get it mixed up which your lungs which could also give you pain off and on. Soft tissue pain around your ribs could give you pain. And I might as well throw this in there too, RA can cause you pain anywhere in your entire body and when you have RA they would normally say the pain is coming from your condition. I don't know why they would say that without evidence and proof ... I don't want to possibly allow something to manifest itself because it's not RA and we didn't do the right job by looking at it thoroughly. Please don't let them put you through by just saying, oh it's RA, make sure without a shadow of a doubt it's not something else. Trust me we don't need anything else going on with this we have enough pain already.

edited, originally posted about 6 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

This sounds a bit like pleurisy. The low grade fever, the difficulty in getting a nice deep breath. I had pleurisy a long time ago, like 29 years ago. I believe it's what set off my fibromyalgia. Best of luck with the quacks, oooops! I mean doctors. OXOX

posted about 6 years ago
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