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#1 book-worm

 
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Posted 15 April 2010 - 08:47 PM

I feel like sutch an idiot pestering this forum with questions all the time, but hear we go again.
Does anyone else get bone pain in there rib cage?
I started getting mild pain in my rib cage and just below my shoulder blades yesterday, itís also slightly tender when I put pressure on some areas of the rib cage. Bone pain and tenderness in the same area is normal for me, but I donít recall having it in the rib cage before.
Although Iíve only been gluten free for 11 weeks, *give or take a couple of slip ups* so itís possible Iíve had it before and havenít noticed because I felt shocking anyway.
Itís usually back, arms, or hip bones. I havenít got any of my usual digestive issues or joint pain yet, But bone pain is usually my first worning sine, so no doubt theyíll put in an appearance, (Smile)
I canít be certain Iíve been glutened, but I donít normally get pain since going gluten free, unless Iíve gotten gluten from some ware.
Iím suspecting the culprit was my mother using shampoo in our bathroom for the last few days instead of the normal hand wash. I only found out she was using it this morning after she casually mentioned sheíd run out and was getting more today. It wasnít deliberate, itís just one of those learning curve slip ups.
So now Iím curious, do otherís get bone pain in different areas? Or is it normally in the same area each time?
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Posted 16 April 2010 - 06:51 AM

Hi, I'm a newbie, but YES I have strange rib cage pain when I ingest ANYTHING I knowingly or unknowingly cannot tolerate. That's one of my keys to figuring out my sensitivities.

I feel like sutch an idiot pestering this forum with questions all the time, but hear we go again.
Does anyone else get bone pain in there rib cage?
I started getting mild pain in my rib cage and just below my shoulder blades yesterday, itís also slightly tender when I put pressure on some areas of the rib cage. Bone pain and tenderness in the same area is normal for me, but I donít recall having it in the rib cage before.
Although Iíve only been gluten free for 11 weeks, *give or take a couple of slip ups* so itís possible Iíve had it before and havenít noticed because I felt shocking anyway.
Itís usually back, arms, or hip bones. I havenít got any of my usual digestive issues or joint pain yet, But bone pain is usually my first worning sine, so no doubt theyíll put in an appearance, (Smile)
I canít be certain Iíve been glutened, but I donít normally get pain since going gluten free, unless Iíve gotten gluten from some ware.
Iím suspecting the culprit was my mother using shampoo in our bathroom for the last few days instead of the normal hand wash. I only found out she was using it this morning after she casually mentioned sheíd run out and was getting more today. It wasnít deliberate, itís just one of those learning curve slip ups.
So now Iím curious, do otherís get bone pain in different areas? Or is it normally in the same area each time?


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Posted 16 April 2010 - 08:07 AM

Rib cage pain is what brought me to this site.I have been complaining of rib cage pain for years. Recently, I was diagnosed with severe vitamin D deficiency and then with osteomalacia as a result of vitamin D deficiency. The physicians have paid attendion to the bone pain in my back and the bone pain in my legs but have still not done anything about the bone pain in my ribs. I believe that the rib pain is also from the osteomalcia. Articles that I found on the web indicated that people with celiac/sprue are at high risk of experiecing osteomalcia, partially because of absorption issues (so someone with gluten intolerance can be vitamin D deficient even if they sun and supplement).

The pains that you describe sound like the pains that I experienced as a result of severe vitamin D deficiency and osteomalcia as result of vitamin D deficiency. I still believe that the rib is part part of this. :)


I feel like sutch an idiot pestering this forum with questions all the time, but hear we go again.
Does anyone else get bone pain in there rib cage?
I started getting mild pain in my rib cage and just below my shoulder blades yesterday, itís also slightly tender when I put pressure on some areas of the rib cage. Bone pain and tenderness in the same area is normal for me, but I donít recall having it in the rib cage before.
Although Iíve only been gluten free for 11 weeks, *give or take a couple of slip ups* so itís possible Iíve had it before and havenít noticed because I felt shocking anyway.
Itís usually back, arms, or hip bones. I havenít got any of my usual digestive issues or joint pain yet, But bone pain is usually my first worning sine, so no doubt theyíll put in an appearance, (Smile)
I canít be certain Iíve been glutened, but I donít normally get pain since going gluten free, unless Iíve gotten gluten from some ware.
Iím suspecting the culprit was my mother using shampoo in our bathroom for the last few days instead of the normal hand wash. I only found out she was using it this morning after she casually mentioned sheíd run out and was getting more today. It wasnít deliberate, itís just one of those learning curve slip ups.
So now Iím curious, do otherís get bone pain in different areas? Or is it normally in the same area each time?


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Posted 16 April 2010 - 09:05 AM

I have had rib-cage pain also! I have areas of sharp pain when I press on the lower edge of the ribs on the left side, and higher up on both sides I have a sense of pressure/heaviness that can become worse for no rhyme or reason that can spread into my back and cause breathlessness - not short of breath, more like feeling winded. I am being sent for a bone scan (some kind of nuclear medicine test :o ) to check for problems with the ribs themselves. My GI specialist said that this type of discomfort, in her experience, is not typically associated with celiac. It is a relief to me to read that others with celiac have similar rib pain! Now my mind is somewhat eased, as maybe my rib situation is not anything serious after all (well, you know what I mean <_< )
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Posted 16 April 2010 - 08:22 PM

[b]Have you guys had your vitamin D levels checked? Could you be suffering from vitamin D deficiency, even osteomalacia as a result of vitamin D deficiency?[/b B)


I have had rib-cage pain also! I have areas of sharp pain when I press on the lower edge of the ribs on the left side, and higher up on both sides I have a sense of pressure/heaviness that can become worse for no rhyme or reason that can spread into my back and cause breathlessness - not short of breath, more like feeling winded. I am being sent for a bone scan (some kind of nuclear medicine test :o ) to check for problems with the ribs themselves. My GI specialist said that this type of discomfort, in her experience, is not typically associated with celiac. It is a relief to me to read that others with celiac have similar rib pain! Now my mind is somewhat eased, as maybe my rib situation is not anything serious after all (well, you know what I mean <_< )


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Posted 17 April 2010 - 05:09 AM

This was a very real problem for me before being diagnosed. Doctors said it was costocondritis. It is the swelling of the cartilage in the ribcage. This is the first sign for me when I've been accidentally glutened. Usually lasts for 1-2 days.....

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 07:04 AM

I searched this entire forum using the term "osteomalacia" and found some very interesting and helpful posts. I am also going to check out the "costocondritis." In my life diagnoses are seldom either/or things. Instead they turn out to be both/and as in you have lupus, autoimmune thyroiditis, and glueten intolerance, and .....

This was a very real problem for me before being diagnosed. Doctors said it was costocondritis. It is the swelling of the cartilage in the ribcage. This is the first sign for me when I've been accidentally glutened. Usually lasts for 1-2 days.....

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 02:56 AM

Thanks for all this guys,
Itís reassuring to no otherís have this, pain in the ribs just seemed like such an odd symptom.
Just when I think Iíve got a handle on all my symptoms, my body seams to throw a new one at me. (smile)
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Posted 21 April 2010 - 06:11 AM

If the pain continues, or is cause shallow breathing, please see a doctor.
My friend kept blowing off the pain, and ended up being hospitalized. It was pleurisy that was compounded with pnemonia. I think she had the pleurisy first and developed the pnemonia from the shallow breathing.
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Posted 01 May 2010 - 07:36 PM

I too have had rib pain/costochondritis for 3 1/2 years. It's turned my life up side down. Just finally figured out that it's caused by my undiagnosed Celiac. SO thankful to finally get diagnosed. I'm finding that magnesium is helping the pain. I believe this pain is due to deficiencies due to Celiac malabsorption- as well as anything that irritates the stomach. Just my newbie thoughts. =)

Hugs to all- you can check out my little costochondritis blog if you like:
http://www.costohope.blogspot.com
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Posted 03 May 2010 - 10:54 AM

I have pain in my rib cage usually right after I eat gluten. It's how I know I've eaten it even though sometimes I can't even figure out where it came from. It's interesting to see that others have it too. I was also diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency. I now have normal D levels, but I still get that pain in my ribs anytime I've been glutened.
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 08:18 PM

Hi, I am only one month gluten free. I have had terrible rib cage bone pain for several years and it radiates through the whole rib cage. My feet and leg bones also ache. This is the only pain that has not subsided with the gluten free diet but then again I am only one month "clean". I had suspected it is the malabsorption problem but not sure what to do about it except continue with vitamin supplements, D, magnesium, zinc, calcium and potassium. I'm just relating this to verify that it is happening to me too. I am very grateful to all who post as it has helped me tremendously in my first month out of the "fog" of gluten. Also it is reassuring to learn that others have the same atypical symptoms as I do. Very worried about my bones but can't afford a bone scan. I had read about using "bone broth" to supplement the vitamins and minerals nutritionally so that is what I am trying. Today I made chicken broth....and was very happy to be able to have the energy to do that. My first post....to all my new gluten-free soulmates. :)
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Posted 31 October 2010 - 10:37 AM

Welcome to the site Eatmeat4good,

I think you are probably right about the mal-absorption problems. It does take some time for things to heal and absorption to improve. the chicken broth sounds like a good idea. I think I'll give that a try today. Maybe I'll even add some rice and quinoa when it's done.
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Posted 03 November 2010 - 07:57 AM

Just chiming in to add that I too have had tons of rib/chest pain. For years. Not a single doctor or specialist has been able to figure out why. I was dx'd Celiac in June, but couldn't convince my dr. to do the bloodwork for vitamin/mineral deficiencies until August. My vit. D was very low (25), but still I had to push the issue to get an rx for a high-potency D supplement (nice, huh?). The pain has begun to improve! I am noticing, however, that not only is the pain brought on by various food triggers, it's always there for several days during a big hormonal shift (around ovulation and menstruation). Like clockwork. Any ideas why this might be?
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Posted 03 November 2010 - 08:56 AM

I have the terrible rib cage pain too- mainly on the left side. It started in Oct 2009 and I had so many tests done and finally in August 2010 I was dx'd with celiac after the rheumatoligst did a random blood test. I have been gluten-free (I have had some mistakes) since 9/1/10 and the pain seemed to be going away, but it has been back for the past 3 weeks really bad again. I am ready to go back to the Dr.

I was on the Stairmaster the other night and the pain was so bad when I was breathing out I had to get off. It is like right at the lower part of the left rib cage and then sometimes wraps around the back. It hurts at night when I lay on my stomach- it feels like something is being pushed in. It is a very hard feeling to describe.

For me, I don't have malabsorption yet- aside from anemia, all my other levels were normal- is there anything else I should have checked? I had calcium, potassium, B12, D. Maybe I am missing something.

I have also been experiencing some cramp like feelings under the left breast lately too. When it happens it is so painful it almost takes my breath away. Anyone get that? It usually lasts for 30 seconds then goes away.
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