A very specific pain in pregnancy is making me crazy
November 1, 2012 2:16 PM Subscribe
Any ideas what I can do for this chest wall pain during pregnancy?
posted by treehorn+bunny to Health & Fitness (25 answers total)
Hello, yes yes, it's me the doctor, asking for medical advice! Well, I'm only an expert in emergencies, and this is clearly not an emergency. But it's driving me up the wall and interfering with my ability to do just about everything, so I'm asking you for help.
I'm 26 weeks pregnant (yay!) and otherwise healthy. I have been having chest wall pain for about the past 6 weeks. It is only on the right side of my chest, and it radiates from under the right breast around to my back. It's achy. Sometimes it's worse in the anterior chest and sometimes worse in the back. Initially, it was happening only on certain days, usually when I would wear certain bras and right around where the bra strap lies. Eventually, it started happening almost every day. I tried getting bra extenders, then I got fitted for fancy new bras at Nordstrom's (I went from a 34/36C to a 38D), then I started wearing the new bras with the extenders - I really cannot have the bra strap any looser than I'm wearing it or there would be no point in wearing a bra. Now I wear the new bras with the extenders every day, and I also try to lie down as much as possible because lying down is the only thing that makes it go away. When I am sitting up or standing, I often feel like I have to push in on my chest or back (i.e. "manual splinting") to try to help with the pain, but this is losing its effectiveness. Massage helps a lot but only for about 5-15 minutes and then it wears off.
To be clear, this is not because of the baby kicking me or anything - baby is not high up enough to reach my chest wall yet. The pain is constant and has no relation to breathing or eating or anything. The main baffling thing about it is that even though it has every characteristic of musculoskeletal pain, it's only on the right side. I asked my OB for ideas and her main one was 'try not wearing a bra'. I did try that and the pain is still appearing, plus it's a little rough to go braless with new D cups.
I am planning to start getting a little more liberal about the use of Tylenol, but I really don't want to be taking Tylenol all day every day for the next 3 months. At the same time, I want to work for most of the next 3 months (and am on the schedule at least until the beginning of January) and it's becoming difficult to work because of the pain. hellllp!
Is there something I could wear or do that might help more with this problem? I need to spend most of my life in the upright position!