Hip and rib pain

I was diagnosed with PsA a couple of years ago and the Humira kept it down for a while. But several weeks ago I developed pain and stiffness in my lower back/hip area and in my ribs. My ribs hurt to the point of not being able to take a deep breath and the pain makes it difficult to turn over in the bed. I am waiting to see my rheumatologist about this issue but wondered if anyone has experienced something similar.

SI joint pain and indeed all and any rib are both a gift of PsA sadly and even more sadly both are extremely painful. For me the rib pain can be the worst because as you say you can’t really breath properly and turning over in bed is horrendous. Ice and heat alternating every 5 minutes for 30 to 40 minutes can help it ease down. So can anti-inflammatories and pain killers. Hope you don’t need to wait too long before seeing your doctor. Sounds like you might need a meds review.

Thank you for your response and the good advice. The rib pain hits a 10 on the pain scale when I attempt to move in the bed. It also aches when sitting at my desk. I have always been active in Taekwondo but I can’t train much like this. The lower back/hip pain keeps me from standing up straight for a couple of minutes after I stand up and is always there. I’m dreading what’s coming next with this awful stuff.

Most likely a meds review. There are more and more meds at our disposal now, so keep positive.

Thank you, I will do my best.

I’m not sure how long you have to wait for your appointment, but if it is months I would head to my GP and / or / then physio just to rule out anything else - you might get lucky and it is something with a relatively simple fix, and at least you will have started down the process for when your Rheumy says “have you tried…?”

PSA can be very painful, and I’m sure some people do get it top out their pain scale, but I must admit I’ve never had it as a 10. A broken rib whilst trying to laugh on the other hand….

Haha! Been there done that too! My rib pain is not a constant 10 but can feels like it when I move certain ways. It’s normally an aching feeling but it lights me up when I move in the bed. The back pain does the same thing with certain movements and is stiff when I stand. My Rheumatologist appt is on Aug 31 but I’m trying to catch a cancellation now.

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You might help facilitate things if you have your GP send you for x-rays as the rheumatologist will likely send you anyway…at least you will have them on hand if you get in on a cancellation. Hope it goes well!

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I will do that since I still have a few weeks to wait. Thanks!

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