Hi Julie, it does sound like hug I’m sorry to say.
It is always worth getting it checked out just in case it’s something else going on… so it’s good you went to hospital and had tests.
Don’t know what med’s you are on but I find Amitriptyline has helped my hug… I still get it but not so severe.
Below are some ‘copy and paste’ tips that might help. It’s a horrid scary symptom but keep in mind that although very painful it can’t actually harm you.
It’s a spasm of the small muscles between the ribs. Here are some tips that might help:
· It can go all around your rib area, or only in part of rib area… up high on ribs or low down on ribs… or it can be only on one side of ribs
· Much worse in heat
· Much worse when fatigued or stressed
· Don’t wear a bra (it irritates the muscles)
· Don’t wear tight clothing… the looser the better
· Avoid large meals… little and often is better
· Lie down in/on bed if you can… and lying completely flat often helps
· Take 2 Paracetamol… if you are not on other pain med’s
· Try controlling your breathing… deep in through the nose and slowly blow out of mouth… and try and relax whole body while doing it
· Stay as cool as you can but don’t have cold shower… luke warm is better
· Rest, rest, rest and then get some more rest (if at all possible)
· Gently rub the affected area. It might feel like it’s bruised… don’t worry, that’s normal