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Tight Belt around my Rib Cage

Discussion in 'General Symptoms' started by minkeygirl, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. minkeygirl

    minkeygirl Senior Member

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    A few months ago I started to feel like there was a belt around my rib cage just under my breasteses. I barely noticed it. Then a few months ago my back went into spasm and it set things off.

    Now the belt is all the way around my rib cage and around the back. It moves up and down. As the day goes on it gets "tighter". If my back tightens up then it's even worse. And at it's worst it feels like someone jamming their fingers into my ribcage on both sides in the front. Every thing is symmetrical.

    When I wake in the middle of the night or early morning it is not there but within minutes, even if I have not moved an inch, it starts to tighten. It starts from the back and then circles around to the front.

    I have tried muscle relaxants and they do nothing. I saw my doctor Thursday and she felt it had more to do with nerves but to start she has me on Celebrex just to see. She mentioned gababentin which I have taken and won't take again. I also have issues with Lyrica. I took a Tylenol 3 with codeine and I got some relief for about 2 hours.

    I can tell you it IS NOT Myofacsial trigger point, FM, MS, or Shingles. I don't care what it is but I need this to stop.

    I'm so uncomfortable I have to be a contortionist to find a way to lay that is the least uncomfortable.

    Has anyone had this and what did you do? And please no doom and gloom stories.

    Thanks
  2. lansbergen

    lansbergen Senior Member

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    I had the feeling like a belt was tightened over my ribcase. I think it is inflammed nerves. It is one of the things that went away with overall improvement using the immunemodulator.

    The only other thing to do I can think of is trying Benzydaminehydrochloride cream. Might lessen the inflammation.


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    minkeygirl Senior Member

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    Hi, Thanks @lansbergen. Is there a brand name for the cream? I'm having a hard time finding something. Do I just need the numbing agent since I'm on Celebrex?

    What immune modulator are you using?

    I see my ME doc January 10th so I'll talk to her about this too. I saw my regular doc who is clueless about ME/CFS.
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    lansbergen Senior Member

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    In the netherlands it is called Tantum, in the UK I think the name it Difflam. I do not know about other countries.

    It is a COX2 inhibiter like Celebrex. If Celebrex does something for you, using Tantum/Difflam localy on top of it might do the tric but please check interactions.
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    minkeygirl Senior Member

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    I found some stuff with lidocaine. I got 9 days worth of Celebrex. It was making me nauseas but that seems to have stopped. I'll see how it goes the next week and go from there.

    I see my ME doc In January so if I haven't made any headway I'll ask her then.

    Thanks
  6. minkeygirl

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    Well, I woke around 3 a.m. which is normal for me and there was no problem at all. Whatever it is, muscular?, totally relaxed while I was sleeping. I took 1/2 of a Tylenol 3 with codeine, slept til 7:30 and it was still mostly gone.

    I'm now laying with a heating pad on the front or back and although it feels good, I'm not sure how much it is helping.

    I'm wondering if maybe it is hormonal? I'm going to stop the celebrex because it's making me nauseous and I don't think it's helping.

    Very curious.
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    minkeygirl Senior Member

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    @WillowJ, Not sure why you gave this to me. I believe I addressed this in my original post:

    I can tell you it IS NOT Myofacsial trigger point, FM, MS, or Shingles.

    I have tried muscle relaxants and they do nothing. I saw my doctor Thursday and she felt it had more to do with nerves but to start she has me on Celebrex just to see. She mentioned gababentin which I have taken and won't take again. I also have issues with Lyrica.
  9. WillowJ

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    MS hug can be caused by other types of spinal inflammation. This is a new theory I have, that PWME can get MS hug.

    from that site:
    The more generic medicines do sound like stuff you have tried already, although knowing a potential cause (e.g. spinal inflammation, which could occur with ME, or cartilage inflammation, which if I'm not mistaken is costochondritis and is known to occur in us...or the noncomprehensive differential diagnosis list) could help you talk to your doctor or figure something else out.

    If the description sounds accurate, you could look up other sites for more info. If it doesn't sound accurate, feel free to ignore. :)
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    @minkeygirl - one possibility is inflammation. It can cause a lot of pain, and will lock up my back at times - presumable by getting in the spinal joints?

    There's also a virus or bacteria known for causing intense chest/rib pain. But I can't remember the name. Might have been one of the bartonella variations.
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    My doc is pretty smart with medicine, not so much with ME, in fact not at all. I just sent her a message about an MRI or ultrasound as the next step.

    Thanks all
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    @WillowJ I just read that page, which I had seen before. Even if it's a non MS hug, the treatment is the same, and I'm unable to take the meds suggested, either they don't work, I had a bad reaction or addiction issues.

    I'll let my doc work it out.
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    UPDATE! OMG. I don't know if the celebrex started to work or because I was a contortionist yesterday in how I was laying or because some stuff that had been making me crazy for a few awhile resolved itself but last night the back spasm were gone AND the band was barely perceptible.

    This morning too, I could and still can barely feel it. My doc is getting me an RX for flexeril and I'm gonna bound ibuprofen and see what happens but I know now that I can get this resolved.

    You don't realize how much something is grating on you and changing how you think and feel until it's gone.

    Color me relieved!
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