Back And Rib Pain

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Kaycee - January 8

Here's what I've tried: I'm in physical therapy, and my doctor prescribed skelaxin, which is a safe muscle relaxer. I'm also wearing a maternity belt, and sleeping with a pillow beneath my belly. All of these things may be helping a little... I do think the muscle relaxer helps a little, as much as I do not want to be taking any medications. But oh! It hurts! Walking is the only time that I'm completely comfortable. I'm a counselor and the idea of sitting for an entire hour is soooo unappealing. I'm glad to know that I'm not the biggest wuss in the world and that there are other women who agree that this discomfort is unreasonable!!!! Also, what I'm experiencing is primarily on my left side. And I've been evaluated by labor and delievery and all the fun stuff because the mystery pain miffs everyone.

 

NicoleM - January 15

I'm another one who is just relieved to find I'm not the only one! I'm 22 weeks and have been having pain in my mid-back on the right side since 17 weeks. It has steadily gotten worse and now radiated around to the front. NOTHING seems to help permanently. I am seeing a PT and a chiropractor. Sitting down and laying on my left side are both very painful. It only feels okay while walking. The best relief I get is from a heating pad behind my back while I lay on my right side and warm baths. Anyway, I'm sorry to the rest of you who are experiencing this pain, but I am glad not to be alone in it.

 

Ashley - February 1

I have the same pain, but I am a bit more concerned because I haven't even been able to test and see if I actually am pregnant or not. My missed period won't be until the 7th. Does this sound normal??

 

missjazzyjay - February 11

i'm feeling the same thing as u Sarah. I'm not sure if i'm pg but if i am i will be 8 weeks. i ahve a desk job where i sit at the computer all day. my back and stomach is killing me. it feels like i'm pulling a muscle. i just started feeling this pain last night. i go to the dr tomorrow. do u think i'm pg. Please send baby dust this way

 

shigg1975 - May 18

I am 28 weeks along and have been having this pain in my right side under my b___st sometimes reaching around to my back for about 2 months now. I had a sonogram of my gall bladder and it came back normal but the pain remains. My drs have suggested hot water bottle, warm bath and tylenol but this does not take the pain away. I am hoping that pain starts to subside as I have 12 weeks left. This is my first child and the thought of going through this again scares me. I had acupuncture done and it relaxed me and helped a little. Thank you all for sharing. Its good to know I am not alone!

 

roark123 - July 21

i am 23 weeks pregnant with twins and have pain from my sternum to my ribs on my left side, also it goes numb and tingles quite often. this has been going on since about 18 weeks. does anyone have a solution or know if its something to be concerned about?

 

FinallyPreggers - July 21

roark123, I'm 22.5 weeks with large fibroids, so the docs say it's like I'm carrying twins or triplets. I have similar pain, but mostly on the right side (since fibroids are on the left and baby is on the right). I can feel baby moving under my rib cage. I mentioned it to my doctor and now I'm in physiotherapy. We're trying to get more space for baby. It's helping a little - better than nothing. I'm not sure about the numbness and tingles though. I've only had bad bad pain. Any suggestions for a comfortable position in which to sleep? I'm so huge (measuring about 37 weeks now) and am never comfortable. It's worse at night because I really want to sleep and can't from the pain.

 

roark123 - July 21

i really havent had a good nights sleep i just flip back and forth from side to side and sometimes sit up.

 

Moomaiden - July 28

I am 24 weeks pregnant and have felt intense pain in my right side the entire pregnancy. The doctor says it is common and not to worry. For about 3 weeks I've had a lot of pain in my mid-back , ribcage, and right shoulder blade. Nothing seems to offer much relief, however exercise and stretches seems to help a little.

 

mishellt - July 7

I have had a very similiar pain, it started as an ache in my right side rib cage early on in my pregnancy around 10 weeks or so and was intermittent throughout the pregnancy now during the last few weeks (I am 38 weeks today) it has turned into a constant piercing pain shooting from under my right side shoulder blade around my rib cage; it is almost constant. I am miserable I can't sit or lay comfortable to say the least it prevents me from sleeping. I have had a gallbladder ultrasound as well as a blood test for my liver counts and all are normal. My doctors say I'm an enigma. I surely hope this baby does not decide to come late I don't know if I can handle much more!

 

wimbledonmum - February 12

Hi everyone. I'm 33 weeks into my second pregnancy and have had this rib pain both times. I've seen pretty much everyone there is to see about it and only last week got anything like a sensible answer! My symptons are severe rib pain on the right hand side which is aggravated whenever I'm upright or sitting. It helps if I lie down and is slightly alleviated if I raise my arm above my head or use hot/cold compresses. It gets worse as the day progresses and I find any pressure on the ribs painful (i.e wearing a bra is really uncomfortable no matter how many bra sizes I go up around the ribs). I've had my gall bladder scanned and there are no stones only some sludge. the pain started at 14 weeks with my first and 17 weeks this time round. the diagnosis I've received from health professionals vary from heartburn to the baby pushing on my ribs (v unlikely at 14 weeks!) - last week I finally found a GP who had heard of this before and she explained that during pregnancy our bodies secrete a hormone called relaxin which allows our joints to soften and expand to facilitate labour. Sometimes this means that as things move the spine that protects the nerves in our spinal cord are now pressed upon or trapped. The rib pain that I am experiencing is actually nerve pain from my middle back which is manifesting itself locally in the ribs which is why it is so hard to diagnose. The area in my ribs is hypersensitive so even gently stroking the area is sore. I have since been to see a physio who felt my spine and says that they can feel the tight and inflamed area where the affected ribs join the spine. With manipulation and exercises it is starting to get a bit better but I doubt it'll go away completely. I just wish I had figured out what it was earlier! My only solace is that it disappeared immediately after the birth of my first and I'm hoping the same happens this time.

 

Leajase - May 10

I am having a similar pain but more likea dull ache that makes me feel slightly sick i am going up doctors now so i will keep you updated, i also am getting back ache but none of it is constant sometimes its harsh sometimes it feels like i am being a wimp i cat help panicking but in my eyesif u have any symptoms go get checked out better to be safe than sorry x

 

vees7 - April 24

I am now 18 weeks pregnant and started experiencing the pain on my left side. Whenever i stretch my forward, the underneath of my left rib hurts and the pain sometimes travel to the front. It also happens when im in a certain sleeping position on my left side and if im seated in a slouching position. I see from the comments this is common on the right side for most women but i am experiencing it on my left side. 

 

vees7 - April 24

I am now 18 weeks pregnant and started experiencing the pain on my left side. Whenever i stretch my forward, the underneath of my left rib hurts and the pain sometimes travel to the front. It also happens when im in a certain sleeping position on my left side and if im seated in a slouching position. I see from the comments this is common on the right side for most women but i am experiencing it on my left side. 

 

vees7 - April 24

I am 18 weeks and have been experiencing the pain on my left side. 

 

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