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Tendonitis in ribs? MissMommy04! 4 kids; Eau Claire, Wisconsin 2939 posts
18th Mar '13

I got a really bad cold a few weeks ago and then immediately got the stomach flu. With the vomiting and CONSTANT coughing, I ended up getting "tendonitis" in my ribs. I am in pain with each breath. I have a 2yr old and a 4 month old Im trying to carry in & out of the car but the pain is horrible, and Ive been taking ibuprofin daily and its not really helping anyways. I keep wondering if the drs are wrong and its something INSIDE. My ribs are very tender to the touch but I keep getting a tingling pain across the ver upper part of my abdomen, which I think is a little weird. Has anyone else experienced anything like this? I just want some relief.

Red Bottom 2 kids; Middelfart, Denmark 15213 posts
18th Mar '13

I think the technical term is costochondritis which is where the muscle between your lungs and your ribs get inflamed and caught in the free space between your ribs. It's extremely painful and if it heals wrong you can wind up breaking a rib.



Your doctor should have put you on anti-inflammatory meds if you told him about this.

MissMommy04! 4 kids; Eau Claire, Wisconsin 2939 posts
18th Mar '13
Quoting Red Bottom:" I think the technical term is costochondritis which is where the muscle between your lungs and your ribs ... [snip!] ... wrong you can wind up breaking a rib. Your doctor should have put you on anti-inflammatory meds if you told him about this. "


Well she didnt, she just said Ibuprofen is fine since it is an anti inflammatory. She said that the ribs are flat bones connected to each other by tendons that are really irritated right now, and thats the pain. Ive actually been to the doc twice about this in the last 2 weeks so I dont know why they WOULDNT have given me something stronger than ibuprofen or something. :( I am so sick of this. I can hardly sleep, and Im nursing, so laying on my sides is like excruciating pain.

Ally-Mama of 2Boys &1Girl 3 kids; Lorain, Ohio 15663 posts
18th Mar '13

pleurisy is also caused by trama

Red Bottom 2 kids; Middelfart, Denmark 15213 posts
18th Mar '13
Quoting MissMommy04!:" Well she didnt, she just said Ibuprofen is fine since it is an anti inflammatory. She said that the ... [snip!] ... or something. :( I am so sick of this. I can hardly sleep, and Im nursing, so laying on my sides is like excruciating pain."


Technically she's right, ibuprofen is essentially what they would give you, just in a different dose. If it doesn't get better using the recommended dosage of it in a couple days I'd go back in.

MissMommy04! 4 kids; Eau Claire, Wisconsin 2939 posts
18th Mar '13

I did get a chest x ray to rule out cracked ribs, so if I had pleurisy I think that it would have shown up