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Rib Cramps

I was recently diagnosed with COPD, however, before then, I had cramping in my ribs from time to time over the past 4 or 5 years. It felt like the fat around my ribs got stuck in between the ribs. I remember my Mom complaining of the same thing, though she didn’t have COPD, or maybe she did and just wasn’t diagnosed. I read where medications cause this, but I’ve just recently started taking them. Just thought I’d share that, as I realize this is just being sorted out.
One other thing, when they had me do the lung function testing that resulted in my COPD diagnosis, I was sooo sick with a triple bacterial infection and bronchitis, that I’m even wondering if the result is wrong. I would like to do another test, as I am all cleared up, no more cough, phlegm, etc. They also said adult onset asthma, which could be true, as I have allergies.

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  • Erin Rush moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi Lynn and welcome to the community! Rib cramping is something many of our members deal with, as do people with other breathing issues. This article compiled from our community members’ responses discusses rib cramping and I thought you might find it helpful — Also, if you feel a re-test is warranted, then I think you should let your physician know. It never hurts to get a second opinion, especially if you feel there were extenuating circumstances that may have contributed to your diagnosis. I hope the medications you are taking give you some relief and that you get a break from the uncomfortable rib cramps! Thank you for reaching out and please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any other questions or concerns. We are happy to help in any way we can! Best, Erin, Team Member.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    3 years ago

    We’ll look forward to hearing back from you, Lynn. Good luck!! All the best, Leon (site moderator)

  • Lynn Vanderkamp author
    3 years ago

    Thank you! I have an appointment with my primary tomorrow & will ask about retesting. Even the tech that did the test thought it wasn’t good timing… Will let you know.

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