• BevB BevB
    June 02, 2009
    I need help with my mid spine pain and my right ribcage pain
    BevB BevB
    June 02, 2009

    Three weeks ago I awoke with a horrible mid spine,chest,right rib pain. I could not walk and it hurt to breath..I thought it was food poisining..anyway, I took some excedrine (all that I have) three hours later the pain subsided. Two days ago..I awoke with the same pain just worse..now my abdomen felt like it was on fire...again,took some excedrine few hours later it was gone. Today after dinner I went for a walk and during the walk my mid spine and right rib (back) hurt...I ignored it, at 9 tonight all of the pain was back...I took 2 excedrine and some alka root..I thought maybe it was gas..anyhow..if anyone can tell me that I'm not dying that would be great! I don't have health insurance,lost my job in December and I don't think this is ER stuff...so please, if you can share some info it will be greatly appreciated!


    My height is 5-4


    Weight is 125-130 lbs


    Thanks for the help in advance!






  • Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    June 03, 2009
    Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    June 03, 2009

    I wish I could tell you what is causing your pain, but I'm afraid there's no way of knowing without at least a physical exam.  I sympathize with your situation because I don't have insurance either.  Ask your doctor if he/she gives a discount for paying cash – most will.  Or try one of the walk-in clinics that don't accept insurance.  Their fees are usually less than regular doctor's fees.  You might also check with you local Health Department.  They usually have sliding scale rates that are based on your income.  All of these options are much less expensive than an ER's fees would be. 


    Pain is your body's way of telling you there's a problem.  That much pain that keeps recurring needs to be checked.  It's probably not serious, but you can't be sure unless you get it checked.  And you certainly don't want to put it off until it could become serious.


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