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January 29th, 2010
Sharp pain under the right side of my rib.
I am 28 weeks but have been experiencing this pain way early on in the pregnancy. I am a student at a massage therapy school and was advised to put light pressure right below the rib (either right or left, according to your situation) to relieve the pain. I was told by numerous acredited professionals that because the uterus is gradually elevating your inside organs, the pain may be caused by the pressure of the organs pressing up against your ribs.(ie. diaphragm) This has helped me tremendously. It may not relieve ALL the pain, but definitely lessens it. Also, sitting up straight and with correct posture REALLY helps. The more you slouch, the more you are compressing your organs together. Because we have to sleep on our side, I've found sleeping on the side of the pain helps. It stretches the area, relieving pressure. I hope this helps. I know its a terrible and excruciating pain we have to feel, and I am sorry. Mother Nature sure takes no lightness to bearing a child.
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replied March 27th, 2010
Pain under breast in pregnancy
I am also having this pain under my left breast. This is my second child and I had it with my first also. My docter did not seem to think it was a big deal and it went away at delivery. For me it is a burning and stabbing feeling, tender to the touch, but also feels numb. I feel like it it the top of my uterus pinching the skin between my breast and the top of the uterus. Very painful! A little relief if sitting up or leaning back, but then my back hurts! Oh, the joys of being pregnant!
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replied April 1st, 2010
Pain in left chest and under armpit
Hi all, I am up at 1am right now with pain in the left side of my chest and under my left armpit. I have never been to the ER for anything other than a car wreck, but I was beginning to think I needed to go for this. Your posts have been helpful. I think I can just wait and call the doctor tomorrow, but it doesn't seem like there is any chance I'll get any more sleep tonight.
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replied April 8th, 2010
Oh, thankyouthankyouthankyou! After weeks of searching the internet for an answer i find this. I have the same thing, and it keeps getting worse! I bought new bras, but they seem to make it worse if anything. At least now I know nothing too serious is wrong. But I''d pay millions for this stuff to go away.
I was afraid this would be what nursing feels like...
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replied April 21st, 2010
Rib pain
I''ve been struggling with this pain for months! It''s helpful to hear that I''m not alone. It started for me around 11 weeks, mostly in my back and felt like a pulled muscle.. then it started wrapping around to the front. I''m now 28 weeks and the pain is worse than ever in my upper right ribs, under my breast. I''ve had all the tests to rule out liver, gallbladder, preeclampsia, etc. My doctor and I have decided that it''s a nerve problem - as my uterus gets bigger (and when I eat), the area expands and the nerve gets irritated. At this point, the pain is nearly constant unless I''m reclining or laying down. I''m seeing a chiropractor and taking pain meds when it''s unbearable.. but otherwise, just trying to deal with the pain and lay around whenever possible. The hot water bottle and baths help, too. Good luck everyone - it will all be over when we deliver!
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replied April 26th, 2010
pain under breasts/ribs too
I am 28 weeks and having severe pain under my breasts too in the front of my ribcage where the uterus has grown. I thought that it was my bra being too tight b/c it made a dent in my skin but, i got a new one and stopped wearing it and I am still having pain. It''s worse when I change posistions at night or get up from a sitting or laying down posiistion. I am not swelling. My blood pressure has not been high and I called the obgyn and they told me to just take tylenol and use a heat pad but, i don''t feel like it is working. I don''t want anything bad to happen to me or the baby and it concerns me that they won''t at least do tests to rule things out. I could deal with the pain if i knew why. I also didn''t feel them until i started packing and moving stuff around the house b/c we are moving in a week and a half and it can''t be gullstones or gullbladder b/c it was already taken put. don''t know if it''s crazy to call obgyn again two days later or not?
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replied April 28th, 2010
This is my 3rd pregnancy and it is also under my left breast. It always starts with me about 27 weeks and in my first pregnancy the doctor told me I had pulled a muscle which I knew I had not.

It is tender and numb (almost a burning sensation) and aches all at the same time. I find the only relieve is to stretch out, take off my bra and hold underneath but can never sit down for very long which is frustrating.

The good news is, it does dissapear straight away after birth but it seems not many doctors or midwives understand the problem but seems common to me.
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replied April 28th, 2010
This is my 3rd pregnancy and it is also under my left breast. It always starts with me about 27 weeks and in my first pregnancy the doctor told me I had pulled a muscle which I knew I had not.

It is tender and numb (almost a burning sensation) and aches all at the same time. I find the only relieve is to stretch out, take off my bra and hold underneath but can never sit down for very long which is frustrating.

The good news is, it does dissapear straight away after birth but it seems not many doctors or midwives understand the problem but seems common to me.
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replied May 16th, 2010
Burn Under Right Breast
I am so happy that I am not alone with this. This pain is horrific!! I am 34 weeks pregnant and I started having this pain for about 5 days now and thought it was my bra also. Needless to say I want a full-term pregnancy but I can't wait till this is over. This burning pain feels like someone lit a match under my right breast!
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replied May 18th, 2010
I have this too. It started about 26 weeks for me. I too thought it was my bra and went through a couple bras and nothing helped. The only bra I can wear is the sleep bra. Even wearing no bra is painful due to the weight of my breast pressing on the area. The pain varies from dull to stabbing. It's always worse at the end of the day. It seems like nothing helps and it drives me out of my mind at times. I have at least 8 more weeks until baby drops. Trying not to eat too much salt that causes bloating because that just exacerbates things. Midwives also told me there was nothing I can do. They did offer narcotics reluctantly but I don't want to expose my baby to that. Tylenol does nothing so I don't bother with that either. If I sneeze it feels like one of my ribs is going to break. Terrible feeling that no one warns you about. SadSad Glad I'm not alone.
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replied September 3rd, 2010
Burning/stabbing stomach pain
I am 37 weeks with my second and havr had this pain in both pregnancies. My doctor also told me it was the baby sitting in one position cause my uterus to press on my rib cage. I have had gallstones since before I got pregnant and I KNOW it's not pain from that. Gallstones pain is worse than labor, and doesn't go away with anything. The one thing that helps to relieve the burning pain is to lay on the opposite side, for me anyway. Hope this helps.
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replied September 25th, 2010
me too!
i am so thankful it's not just me! although, i SOO wish there was a rememdy! i am 26 weeks & i've been having the same thing for a little over a month. i just kept thinking it was growing pains & would go away. no such luck. at first i thought it was my bra, so i literally went through 3 different new ones & even got fitted & bought some outrageously expensive one. still, the burning persists. much worse at sometimes than others.
there are times when it feels like my skin is going to rip open from the burn, but amazingly it rarely even looks irritated.
i am the last of all my friends to have a baby & NONE of them had this. i guess we're just the lucky ones...
i will say sometimes if i rub the area that does help dull the pain & a bath helps too. if anyone else has an remedies that even help a little-please share!
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replied May 16th, 2011
pain is side of left breast
hi i am not pregnant but have been having these sharp pains on the side of my left breast and then get a charlie horse cramp in my left calf muscle.what could this be? either asleep or awake but i cant sleep on my left side due to the pains on side of left breast
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replied July 17th, 2011
Hi, I'm now 36 weeks pregnant and only 5ft tall. The original posts pain sounds like the same pain I've had since about 20wks. My OB told me the pain is from my ribs spreading and possibly heartburn. I think the pain has decreased though as I've gotten larger, or I might just be used to it by now. But either way it's nothing serious or life threatening, it's just one of those things nobody tells you about until your pregnant.
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replied October 24th, 2011
Stabbing/burning pain on left side under breast
Thank you. It's good to know I'm not the only one with this type of pain. Though it's quite discouraging to know that I still have 8 more weeks of this, and it has gotten worse! I've had it since week 24 or so and now I'm on week 32. At first it was on my right side, but it then migrated to my left side when I started sleeping more on my left side. It does help to sit up straight and to sleep on my back, although laying on my back is not too good since I have acid reflux too. I also changed bras, tried to put hydrocortisone cream, without relief. I do feel the stabbing/burning/numbing pain you all feel. At times it feels like someone is cutting through my skin, other times it feels like a million needles being stuck into my skin, others it feels raw, like a bad burn. I am barely able to stand the clothes rubbing on my skin too. I don't know how I will make it through the next couple of months! It has gotten really painful I want to cry, even though I'm at work. I feel I can't move much and if I use my left arm (I'm left-handed), it pulls to the point I feel my belly is about to rip open. Anyway, thanks for the support and I hope I can find a way to make it more manageable.
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replied January 11th, 2012
Burning sensation under the left breast
I am glad that I m not the only one... and that its going to go away after the delivery!!!!
The pain under my left breast is killing me!!! I m 36 weeks + and have less than 3 weeks left. My skin feels as if it going to burn and rip open!! I found that a cold compress helps...
Cant wait for this to get over!!!
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replied June 3rd, 2012
Costochondritis
http://www.babycenter.com/400_rib-pain_925 261_836.bc

Read about costochondritis. It has to do with ribs cartilage due to your growing uterus.
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replied June 9th, 2012
Sharp rib pain- possible relief
I had the same problem (I'm 34 weeks) and asked my aunt (who is a physical therapist) what to do. She suggested I lay on my back with my hips and knees bent as though I was sitting in a chair. Then she had me let my legs slowly drop to one side and then the other, staying in each stretch for about 30 seconds. It's not a totally comfortable stretch and I can't quite do it correctly, but I feel so much better, I can't even explain it!!! I'm sure I'll have to do it a few times a day, but it is well worth it! Hope that helps a couple of you!!!
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replied November 11th, 2012
Pre-eclampsia
The pain you are describing and the swelling are both symptoms of pre-eclampsia, ask your doctor or midwife to test your urine for high levels of protein and to take your blood pressure. If your urine contains high levels of protein and/or you have high blood pressure it is very likely you have pre-eclampsia, and you will be given medecines to treat each of the symptoms individually.

We basically have to be our own doctors, I'm 34 weeks pregnant as well and I've found most of my doctors to be absurdly useless, too, good luck!
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replied April 19th, 2013
I am 30 weeks pregnant and have had this pain since I was 14-15 weeks. It was more of an annoyance than pain and has progressed to just pain. I just went to the doctor this morning for my bi-weekly check up and told him he said "sounds.ike my gallbladder". I have never had issues with my gallbladder and I am not a doctor, but I just don't see this being the real issue!!
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