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Rib pains during pregnancy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, i am 17 weeks pregnant, first pregnancy and have terrible pains in my ribs. Espically if sitting down for while, I have to lie down for pain to ease but as soon as back up or sitting its back, its exrremly painful, cannot function. First pregnancy scan at 11 weeks all ok. Please help?
Doctor :   Hi I amDr..
User :   Hi can you help?
Doctor :   The pregnancy puts lot of stress on internal ligaments and back and cause pain
User :   Yes I know but I am only 17 weeks surely the baby is not that big yet and will it get worse so as I get bigger?
Doctor :   To help prevent or ease back pain, be aware of how you stand, sit, and move. Here are some tips that may help:
Doctor :   Wear low-heeled (but not flat) shoes with good arch support.
Doctor :   Ask for help when lifting heavy objects.
Doctor :   When standing for long periods, place one foot on a stool or box.
Doctor :   If your bed is too soft, have someone help you place a board between the mattress and box spring.
User :   Thanks but how do I ease this terrible pain I have now, its making going to work unberable. Tried baths heat etc
Doctor :   Try to sleep on your side with one or two pillows between your legs for support.
Doctor :   Apply heat or cold to the painful area or massage it.
Doctor :   Like any back pain
Doctor :   you need pain medicines
User :   I have done all of that it been bad for nearly week now
Doctor :   Ibuprofen 600mg 3 times day
User :   Yes back pain too, taking paracemtol
User :   That it?
Doctor :   you ca take Paracetamol also
User :   thanks so
Doctor :   what you are telling me rib pain and back pain are same mechanisms
Doctor :   starin on back muscles
Doctor :   You can 6590mg paracetamol 4 times a day safely
Doctor :   if still not relied, you can add Ibuprofen to paracetamol
Doctor :   These are safe
Doctor :   Did I answer your query
Doctor :   Are you there?
User :   Will it go away or stay the entire pregnancy?
Doctor :   It will ease with duration
Doctor :   because it is first pregancy, toyr ligaments are giving tough time
Doctor :   as the time progress they will relax and u get relief
User :   Even at only 17 weeks?
Doctor :   Basic it is harmones which cause problem
Doctor :   later it is abdominal girth
Doctor :   but the intensity will subside
User :   Normally how long does that take normally?
Doctor :   There is no specific time
Doctor :   Coping imp
User :   What ?
Doctor :   Coping and learning tecniques to manage pain are imp
User :   ok thanks
Doctor :   Once your acute pain is resolved, start back strengthening exercises
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