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Why do doctors not understand rib cramps?

My regular Doctor and my Pulm. neither one will acknowledge that rib cramps are a part of COPD. WHY?


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  • DawnE
    2 years ago

    Oh my God! Oz…..my doctors don’t get it either!! I just joined today and I am soooo happy to see this!! What the heck! My doctor told me I’m crazy. I get cramps in my feet too. Lyn – If I can, I’m printing this article and bringing it to my next appointment. Or maybe just fine a new Doctor and bring it to them. LOL

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi DawnE and of course, we get it too. You’re clearly not alone as many of our community members have discussed their cramping. If it helps you, you certainly can print the article and share it with your physician(s). Please check back with us and let us know how you’re doing.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • Lyn Harper, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi oz,

    I’m constantly amazed by the number of people that have exactly the same complaint as you! I wish I had an answer, but the fact is – I really don’t know.

    Rib cramping is actually very common among people that have COPD and is often a source of confusion. But, it is real, as you can attest to.

    We had an article that addressed just that subject – you’ll enjoy it:

    https://copd.net/living/community-feedback-rib-cramping/

    Regards,
    Lyn (moderator)

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