Natural method to deal with rib pain?

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raingirl28's picture
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Natural method to deal with rib pain?

I'm not a drug taking person usually. I avoid even Tylenol unless I'm desperate.

Even though I'm only 22 weeks, I'm dying with rib pain especially on the left. I can't get in and out of a chair/bed with out a lot of pain. Coughing hurts and even just sitting hurts. The only time I feel good is after I've slept braless for 8 hours and before I get up. As soon as I have a shower and I'm standing for 15 minutes, the pain comes back. As soon as I come home from work I strip off anything restrictive and down to just a tshirt, no bra, and comfy pants.

Today I started crying after I got out of the shower because I don't know how I can do this for another 4 months! I'm hoping that eventually baby will pop outwards more and give a bit of relief, but I don't know when that will be.

I just feel so useless too because of it. It's taking me forever to do anything. Getting to/from work is a nightmare this week as I'm on early shift which means a 2 hour commute on 1 train and 2 buses to get home.

Is there ANYTHING I can do to help it? It's mostly the tips/ends of the ribs in the area under each breast that is the worst. Maybe ice packs nightly (as pretty as that sounds!)

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Oh no. Poor you! Given the pain and the location it could be costochondritis (kind of like sprained ribs). I hope not, though. I've dealt with it twice and it's no fun. If taking off restrictive clothing helps, maybe you should look for new bras? Maybe you could find a super comfy wire-free one which won't bother you as much. I hope you find something which helps. 4 months of that sounds miserable.

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DH thinks it's costocondritis as well. He gets it frequently due to shoulder issues he has. On the left side the ends of my ribs under the breast area are all tender and the skin is very warm to the touch and sore with a burning feeling. The right isn't as bad but still sore.

I'm currently a 40G and I tried on wire-free bras at 3 stores last weekend and couldn't find any that fit. I tried sports bras, sleeping bras, everything. The problem was the cup size in all of them, all too small. If they fit around, they didn't fit the boobs! Even mother hood maternity didn't have anything that fit. I got their last 40G bra a few weeks ago as it's a size they don't carry much of. I was already a G before pregnancy so the boobs haven't grown much, just the band went from 36-40 from the expanding rib cage.

I might break down and have to buy something online if I can't find anything in store...

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oh my! No wonder your ribs are in pain. I can't imagine. I have a B-cup when BFing. GL finding some new bras.

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Yep, costochondritis. I got it at 24 weeks last time (although happily skipped it this time, THANK GOODNESS.) It's miserable! The only thing that helped me was switching to wireless, larger band bras. That really did clear it up, though. Worth putting in an order if you're not finding anything you like in person. :bigarmhug: So sorry you're dealing with it--I know how debilitating it can be! If it makes you feel better about spending the money, just go ahead and get nursing bras now. That's what I did.

(PS, my band size went up two sizes in my first pregnancy and only came back down one size afterward, so now it's permanently bigger.)

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Thanks. I guess I'm bra shopping tonight! I have no idea where to look online for such a think in Canada....

On a side note, I just recently found out that if you have a larger breast size (DD or over I believe) that you can qualify for government funded breast reduction surgery. I always said that I wanted to do that after I have kids, so maybe in a few years I will pursue it.

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I have some larger breasted pg.org friends in Canada and I know we've had this conversation...I'll ask! Smile

ETA: Christa (MomW on pg.org) says "They only nursing bras I really like are Bravado for my extra large nursing tatas." lol You can buy them on a million different web sites so I'm sure you can get them in Canada. Here's their actual web site: http://www.bravadodesigns.com/shop/f-ddd-g

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Thanks. I googled and found that site as well. Unfortunately there are NO stores near me that carry them! However, we are doing some preliminary shopping/registry making on Sunday and one of the stores I want to hit (45 min drive though) is listed as a site that has them so I'll wait and see what stock they have.

Thanks!

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Definitely try a larger band size. I went up three band sizes with my first pregnancy, down two after the baby was born, up another three sizes with second baby, and down two again. So my rib cage is now permanently about four inches larger than it was pre-kids. My cup size didn't seem to change too much before baby was born so my only sign that I needed a new bra was rib pain!

I hated Bravado bras and I hated Goddess bras. The plastic clips they use break super fast. It's probably a great design feature for smaller breasts but they need more industrial-strength plastic for the larger cup sizes! Thankfully they broke quickly enough that I was able to complain & get my money back. At $60 each I expected much better quality. My favorite bra, hands down, was the Leading Lady Wirefree Nursing Bra. It retails for less than $30, it's super comfortable & supportive without being restrictive, and the cups have hook & eye closures to accomodate changing breast size throughout the day. (It amazes me that so many "nursing" bras don't do this!) You probably won't find their largest cup sizes at a retailer; I got my first ones at the breastfeeding center at the hospital & ordered more online. Another brand I kind of liked was Fancee Free. It had great support and adjustable cup closures, but it kind of felt like my grandma's bra, kwim? It comes up pretty high on the chest, so lower-cut tops are out, and it kind of has that pointy-rocket look which I convinced myself was "retro" rather than "old-fashioned."

My two favorite websites for ordering my size bras are HerRoom.com and BiggerBras.com. On both, you can search by size! Love that feature!!!

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Thanks. I will look for that brand as well.

I've already gone from 36 to 40 in the last few weeks. The band doesn't feel too tight though, I think it's the wire pushing down on my ribs. Left boob is also bigger (as it tends to be in right handed individuals) so that could be why.

Grrr..I agreed to go out tonight to a geek night to play card games. It's all boys..I wonder if they would notice me not wearing a bra under a hoodie?? *sigh*

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I say go for it. Who cares? Maybe it'll give you an edge in the games. Wink

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Before I got my new bras in the mail, I actually went in the bathroom at work and cut the underwire out of an old bra, I was so desperate. Felt better immediately! Wink

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LOL a bunch of single geek boys in their 20s and 30s. hahaha!

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Sorry, didn't see you post about game night until just now. I actually on one occasion when I was pregnant with Weston, was so desperate for a new bra like RIGHT NOW that I put on one of my husband's tank tops, which was way too tight (he's about 50 pounds less than me!) but it held the girls quite snugly for a few days until my quick-ship purchase arrived in the mail. I actually paid as much for express shipping as for the bras that time! :shock: