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Intercostal Neuralgia [rib-pain]..OVER IT!!
Intercostal Neuralgia [rib-pain]..OVER IT!!

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#1 Melanie_Lisa

Posted 09 August 2005 - 09:23 PM

Has anyone had this condition: Intercostal Neuralgia of pregnancy. [Most commonly seen in short women,  5ft and under]

I'm 5ft 1in and I have this condition where I have my ribs "sublux" in my ribcage and it feels like a knife stabbing pain when I breathe, talk, [forget sneezing and couging!]

I am at the end of my patience with this and having to cope with pain and weakness. I am young and generally super active when I am not heavily pregnant.. and this is making me depressed living with a hot water bottle and unable to even turn over in bed without excrutiating pain.

[I am doing shared care, so both the hospital and my GP are very aware of the problem ~ but I am not usually used to being very vocal about what I want and I play down things I suppose.., what I am saying is that both my care givers are not fully aware of how much THIS IS SH*TTING ME TO TEARS!]

Do you think that I would have any success if I 'beg' to have my planned caeser brought forward and be put out of my misery.. What would be the earliest possible time if they would at all?..

What do you think? And has anyone else been through this?

Melanie - 26
DH - 26
DS - 3
m/c - 03/09/03, m/c - 15/11/2004

This message was edited by Melanie_Lisa on Tuesday, 9 August 2005 @ 9:29 PM

#2 Butterscotch

Posted 09 August 2005 - 10:03 PM

OMG!  I can only imagine how bad it must be for you.  My ribs have been KILLING me since 12 weeks but I don't reckon they're as bad as what yours sound.  Mine are sore apparently because of increased respiration due to being pregnant and then moreso because of having twins has caused me to tear my intercostal muscles.  I live with wheat bags a lot of the time and sleeping?  What a joke!  I wake up every 1 - 1 1/2 hrs in pain (ribs and hips) and have to turn to the other side till that sides too painful and then turn back over again.  I wish I could offer some advice but I haven't been able to find anything more relieving than the wheat bags except the hydrotherapy pool.  That is PURE BLISS but there are only two pregnancy aquarobic classes a week where I get to have some time in the hydro pool.  I have joked with my husband about having a hydro pool installed in our lounge room!  I think it's a mix of the weightlessness of the tummy in the pool aswell as the warmth.  Any chance you can get near a heated pool (of course you must avoid things like a spa which is too hot).

I really hope your Ob will consider doing an earlier c/sec.  I TRULY feel for you.


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#3 Melanie_Lisa

Posted 10 August 2005 - 03:00 PM

Thanks for sharing your story too.. It sounds quite similar really.

I must try wheat bags.. lighter than a rubber hot water bottle.

I am seeing my Dr. on Friday.
I need to have a plan here.. cause this is really getting me down.


Melanie - 26
DH - 26
DS - 3
m/c - 03/09/03, m/c - 15/11/2004

#4 ~3boysmummy~

Posted 10 August 2005 - 09:14 PM

Melanie, I have been wondering how you were!!!!

I have a stabing pain in the middle of my ribs, at the bottom of my sternum (sp). It is poking out and very sore. No idea what helps, even after I had DS I still had the pain for a while till it settled back into place.

Anyway great to hear from you, come back to due in and let us know whats going on. (other than being in pain of course).

Karen 26

DH Scott 30

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#5 Philly Âû

Posted 10 August 2005 - 10:48 PM

Melanie I totally sympathise with you. I had this when pregnant with ds. I never knew it had a proper name though. I had tremendous pain with ds and ended up finishing work early due to it. It was suggested to me to get on all fours to help shift the baby but I didn't really find it helped much. Being so short Tristan didn't really have much room to move and I had this rib pain quite early in the pregnancy. When I mentioned it to the midwife she pretty much said it was normal and their wasn't much they could do for it. I understand how frustrating it must be for you and just think you will have a beutiful baby at the end of it all....

(I can't believe I want to go through it all again!!!)

Take care


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