I've finally got a name for the pain in my ribs that has plagued me for at least 20 yrs. I've been through lots of tests ct scan of the appendix, upper GI, 2 Hida scans, ultrasounds of liver and gallbladder etc. I was initially diagnosed with GERD and initially had high hopes that the med's would alleviate the pain, but nope didn't do a thing and my GI Dr. tried different and more expensive acid reducers and even an anti spasmodic that left me feeling like I swallowed a brick. Earlier this year, diagnosed with a fatty liver, but wasnt totally convinced that was the cause of my pain, because felt they would've figured that out sooner after all those other tests. Anyway, after I was told by a new Dr. after losing my primary Dr. (new Dr. referred to me by my Gastro) he finally diagnosed me with Costochondritis after the most painful attack that I've ever had, and after all these years it made the most sense to me than anything else and I'm disgusted it took so long. The pain Dr. had mentioned to me a few months ago that he thought the hip and sacroiliac joint paint were connected and at the time I was skeptical because I was still thinking my pain was because of the fatty liver. Now it all makes sense with the high C-RP and it beginning short time after my back injury that left me in a body cast for 8wks. The cast was applied by residents that contoured the right side around the ribs just a little too much and my ribs (at least you could see them back then), afterwards what had looked different on the right side. I guess this is going to be a lifelong problem. Anybody else have this and how did you alleviate the pain during an attack or flare or whatever it is and did you have an injury that preceded this. Could this be Ankylosing Spondylitis, the new Dr. says that's a disease of males, but it seemed like what I read online is the ratio of male to female is 3:1? Also, they did an xray of my lower back and sacrum and it was normal, not sure where to go from here. Any advice on med's or treatments etc and how far should I push this, just wanting to get some pain relief. Thanks in advance!
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