have had dull pain at the very bottom of left rib off and on for a while. BUT last night (after an active day with no problems) the pain woke me at 1:00 a.m. and was very bad. I also could not breathe while lying flat. Had to get up for a while, then finally went back to bed with three pillows under my head and slept a little.
Saw my doctor today. He gave me Celebrex which has so many side effects I'm afraid to take it. (I normally have side effects to most RX) His "guess" is that I have Pleurisy.
My question is this: This pain is EXACTLY like the pain I had 4 years ago when I had a very bad case of Shingles. My Shingles went from belly button, circled to the left around to my back. The doctor who treated me said it was the worst case he'd seen. When I had this before, I thought I had a cracked rib. . . this is how this feels at times, then other times is dull pain. Could this be related in any way to that episode? I don't have the rash/break out that I had before. My lower ribs are actually touchy/sore to the touch. I have been diagnosed with Hiatal Hernia via EGD, and MRI a couple of months ago showed bulging discs and gallstones.