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Pain under ribs when breathing

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dizzymare Sat 18-Jul-09 21:36:05

Sorry to repeat myself, but I've asked under pregnancy and not really getting advice, so thought if I duplicated here I might get help from more people.

I'm 11weeks pregnant and am really suffering with pain under my ribs, which is a whole lot worse if I sneeze or breath deeply, you know like if you sigh. I can't get any restbite from it unless I sit in a hotish bath, which I can't do all day obviously. I've been taking paracetamol, but again don't want to make a habit of pill popping. When I spoke to my midwife yesterday, she said it was more than likely to be down to ligaments and stuff softening, but I'm not convinced. I don't know why, but I don't recall having this with ds.

If anyone can help me with remedies or things I can do to relieve it or even get rid of it, but I'm not holding out much hope of it disappearinghmm

In addition to this my wee is really strong even though I'm drinking as much as I can. Why??

Sorry if this is long and boring, but I'm getting desperateblush

chegirl Sat 18-Jul-09 21:43:37

Poor you.

The cartalige around your ribs can become inflamed. I am sure it has a medical name but I cant remember it. It is v.painful though.

As your wee is strong are you sure you dont have an infection? UTIs can cause all sorts of weird symptoms including pain elsewhere so could explain your ribs.

If it is just one of those pg things its unlikely to last all the way through (fingers crossed). I hope you find something to help but go to GP if its still bothering you on Monday.

Good luck

dizzymare Sat 18-Jul-09 22:12:54

It is painful, and starting to drag me down and it's only been a few days. Sometimes it radiates upwards and across my chest.

As for the wee issue, it doesn't hurt or anything when I wee, it's very concentrated though.


LackaDAISYcal Sat 18-Jul-09 22:22:29

UTIs in pregnancy don't always hurt, so worth getting it checked out. IME ligament pain is usually lower down in the pelvic region.

Might it be trapped wind? It can affect you early on as well as later in pregnancy. I would try some antacids and see what happens; I remember thinking I was having a heart attack at one point early in my pregnancy with DD; the pain was so severe that I couldn't even change gear with my right hand and though I was going to crash the car...very scary. Then I let out a huuuuge burp and felt instantly better grin

Alternatively, could it be your gallbladder? pregnancy can be a trigger for gallstones (although most folks I know with gallstones first got their symptoms after pregnancy, not during) and my gallbladder symptoms sound very similar what you are experiencing including the strong wee and I was actually coming on to suggest gallbladder before reading you were actually pregnant.

I would go and see the doctor to get things checked out.

LackaDAISYcal Sat 18-Jul-09 22:25:07

my gallbaldder pain was predominantly to the right hand side, but used to radiate to the back of my ribcage as well and the only way I could get comfortable was either to stand leaning over a table or sit on a chair and lean over the back of it (think Christine Keeler, but less sexy and grimacing in pain wink) or lying on my left side with a wheat bag draped over the right side.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Sat 18-Jul-09 22:28:20

dizzy I don't want to scare you, but pain in your upper chest can indicate an ectopic I belive. I would give your GP a call.
In all likelihood it is just trapped wind, I had it awfully during early pregnancy, but better to check.

dizzymare Sat 18-Jul-09 22:32:35

Wind doesn't seem to be a problem hereblush, but what you say about it kind of being managable when your leaning on the right side fits with what's going on. Now I'm worried...should I give nhs direct a call maybe?

dizzymare Sat 18-Jul-09 22:34:23

Alibaba, I thought you had to have pain in your shoulder for an ectopic??? I'm 11 weeks, surely far too far along for something like that?? And I've had this for days already

Alibabaandthe40nappies Sat 18-Jul-09 22:37:50

11 weeks does seem too far along for it you are right. Sorry if I've scared you
I would call NHS direct, it can't do any harm to ring them.

dizzymare Sat 18-Jul-09 22:54:29

Alibaba, I'd much rather have things brought to my attention, and I'm no more worried than I was at the beginning of this thread. So don't apologise, it's fine, really.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Sat 18-Jul-09 22:58:14

ok thank you for saying that, I felt bad.

Have you decided whether to call NHS direct?

dizzymare Sat 18-Jul-09 23:00:07

Just been looking for the numberblushI should really write it downhmm

Alibabaandthe40nappies Sat 18-Jul-09 23:03:42

Every time I call my GP surgery I think 'ooh I must put that number in my phone'. Every time I have to look up the details on the net blush

dizzymare Sat 18-Jul-09 23:22:21

Bloody hell, getting through's not easy at the moment is itshock, now I've got to wait for someone to call me backhmm

snottymcgrotty Sat 18-Jul-09 23:47:33

NHSDirect - 0845 46 47.

Good luck, they'll be really busy answering all those swine flu sufferers !!! (Just before they call an ambulance for them, so they can go to the hospital, infecting the ambulance crew and all the staff, patients and visitors at A&E) Sorry rant over !

Hope you feel better soon x

dizzymare Sun 19-Jul-09 00:02:49

Still no call back, and I'm knackered, but if I go to bed the phone's gonna ring isn't ithmm I can barely stay awake now

dizzymare Sun 19-Jul-09 00:14:36

Finally got a call back, and now I've got to faff around and go to A&E, and now I am worriedsad

Thank you everyone.

LackaDAISYcal Sun 19-Jul-09 00:17:10

oh dizzy sad, I hope everything is OK.

aristocat Sun 19-Jul-09 09:01:16

dizzy poor you - hope youre ok
please let us know all is well

Alibabaandthe40nappies Sun 19-Jul-09 11:48:23

Dizzy - hope you're ok today?

dizzymare Sun 19-Jul-09 17:10:19

I've got something called Costochondritis, which should disappear on it's own but because I'm pregnant it may stay with me for longer, as I get bigger. All I can do is use hot and cold therapies, and take paracetamol when I need to and rest. All very well but there's no real rest with a toddler in towhmm

I'm pretty fed up and uncomfortable but at least is isn't anything serious.

LackaDAISYcal Sun 19-Jul-09 17:58:45

Sounds sore dizzy sad, and I hope it passes soon for you.

Good that it wasn't anything more serious though.

Take care and rest up as much as you can smile

aristocat Sun 19-Jul-09 18:48:05

dizzy never heard of that before

sounds like a good reason for your DH/DP to help more grin

hope you get better soon

dizzymare Sun 19-Jul-09 19:15:29

H and I don't live together anymore or trust me I would be. It's the not knowing what to do with myself and not getting comfortable that's the problem, that and a child who still needs lifting in and out of cot/highchair/bath/car, which isn't going to make not aggravating it easysad

GentlyDoesIt Sun 19-Jul-09 19:44:05

Hi Dizzy, I've got that too, had it on and off for last 6 years and it's always worse in pregnancy (like now!) It lessens as pregnancy continues IME (or maybe it's just that other bits get sore and stretched so that I notice the costochondritis less...)

Hot water bottle does make a difference, and if it lingers after the baby arrives then ibuprofen works well IF you take it around the clock for about 4 days - brings the inflammation right down and I usually get a few months of respite after that. Sorry, not much use to you right now, I know.

It is a horrible pain and quite alarming due to its location, but at least it is harmless. Get whatever rest you can and work on ways to avoid lifting as much as possible.

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