• Welcome to the Anxiety Community Forum, a friendly space for discussion, help and support with mental health issues. Please register to post and use the extra features available to members. Click here to register.Everyone is welcome!

Back/rib pain/strained muscle? Scared!!

Amw311

Member
Joined
Aug 2, 2018
Messages
108
Reaction score
19
Back again.
Had I not read about enlarged spleen/rib pain being related to leukemia…I probably wouldn’t even be freaking out right now. But I did. And so I am.
Anyway, I deal with some back pain because I have 3 small children who are always needing me physically. I pick all 3 up at different times for different reasons. My youngest just turned 1 and still breastfeeds. He sleeps in bed with us sometimes and I toss and turn in all kinds of strange positions in order to feel comfortable with him right there. (Yes I know it’s not ideal for him to be in bed with us, it’s just occasionally) and when he does sleep separately — he still wakes up to nurse a few times a night.
All of this being said….have any of you ever dealt with rib pain associated to back pain? Or maybe strained a muscle in the rib area? How would I know if it’s my spleen or muscle related?
my chiropractor told me a few years ago that it’s normal and can happen. But of course, since that was a different time, I seem to be wiping that away from my memory.
Any insight is appreciated
 

Cuchculan

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 14, 2019
Messages
3,717
Reaction score
2,674
Muscular pain goes away after a few days. i would imagine anything serious would not just go away so quickly. The normal rule is to give the few days and see how things are.
 

Amw311

Member
Joined
Aug 2, 2018
Messages
108
Reaction score
19
Muscular pain goes away after a few days. i would imagine anything serious would not just go away so quickly. The normal rule is to give the few days and see how things are.
Whenever no one replies or has any similar experiences, it triggers my anxiety further. It makes me think it must be serious. And that others are probably reading my post also thinking that it’s serious and don’t know what to say. Rib pain was among more than a dozen leukemia symptoms and of course I can’t get it out of my head. The only reason I was ever reading about those symptoms is because I had a bad cold a few weeks back (which is gone now and isn’t even the concern anymore) soooo exhausting when your mind works like this.
 

Iugrad91

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 2, 2020
Messages
388
Reaction score
269
I’ve had rib pain after sleeping on a stiff mattress during a trip to visit my daughter. It was muscular as I could trigger it by movement, but it also came and went at odd times. To this day, when my anxiety is bad, it comes back, although less painful than before. It’s probably actually something to do with my back but who knows.

Here’s the thing about googling symptoms. So, you read that rib pain can be a symptom of leukemia. However, what Google doesn’t tell you is that, by itself, back pain would not indicate leukemia. Also, it would not be the first symptom you feel, most likely. It would be accompanied by other symptoms. When we read about symptoms we are having in absence of a doctors medical knowledge, it can lead us down a dark path. I’m not saying we always have to go to the doctor, either. Sometimes we just need to wait it out and observe and feel and see if there is a less severe explanation and much of the time it will resolve itself.
 

MATD

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 24, 2021
Messages
359
Reaction score
294
My insight says that you need help. You can’t use logic because your anxiety blinds you to it. Until you are ready to take on the challenge of taking steps in the right direction, you will continue this viscous circle of anxiety. It is treatable it can be overcome. It isn’t easy, but then putting up with anxiety isn’t easy either. Choose wisely.
 

Amw311

Member
Joined
Aug 2, 2018
Messages
108
Reaction score
19
I’ve had rib pain after sleeping on a stiff mattress during a trip to visit my daughter. It was muscular as I could trigger it by movement, but it also came and went at odd times. To this day, when my anxiety is bad, it comes back, although less painful than before. It’s probably actually something to do with my back but who knows.

Here’s the thing about googling symptoms. So, you read that rib pain can be a symptom of leukemia. However, what Google doesn’t tell you is that, by itself, back pain would not indicate leukemia. Also, it would not be the first symptom you feel, most likely. It would be accompanied by other symptoms. When we read about symptoms we are having in absence of a doctors medical knowledge, it can lead us down a dark path. I’m not saying we always have to go to the doctor, either. Sometimes we just need to wait it out and observe and feel and see if there is a less severe explanation and much of the time it will resolve itself.
so I went to the chiropractor which I thought was a good idea because it has helped me in the past. He did a very aggressive adjustment which felt great at the time but it left me sore and with a little MORE back pain. And I’ve also been having some knee joint pain which I’ve read is also a symptom. I really feel like I’m losing my mind and am so scared!
My insight says that you need help. You can’t use logic because your anxiety blinds you to it. Until you are ready to take on the challenge of taking steps in the right direction, you will continue this viscous circle of anxiety. It is treatable it can be overcome. It isn’t easy, but then putting up with anxiety isn’t easy either. Choose wisely.
I am definitely in a very deep state of anxiety right now. I’m so convinced of the worst. Every new spiral feels like the “real” one.
 

Iugrad91

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 2, 2020
Messages
388
Reaction score
269
Those pains are also symptoms of a bad back and probably a hundred other things. Back pain is the #1 reason people visit their doctor. In the absence of other symptoms, they do not point to leukemia.
 

Amw311

Member
Joined
Aug 2, 2018
Messages
108
Reaction score
19
Those pains are also symptoms of a bad back and probably a hundred other things. Back pain is the #1 reason people visit their doctor. In the absence of other symptoms, they do not point to leukemia.
I just can’t imagine I’d have such back and knee pain at age 29
 

Iugrad91

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 2, 2020
Messages
388
Reaction score
269
You can injure your back at any age. See your first post on picking up small children and sleeping in poor positions…
 
Top