Oh my goodness -- this is something I have been dealing with A LOT lately. In fact...yesterday and Saturday was spent in bed b/c the pain in my ribs/chest/back were so bad. Mine is all on the left side (mostly)but it goes around to the back too! This weekend it was so bad -- vicodin didn't even seem to help. My family doc also gave me flexeril b/c the spasms get so bad. She thinks when these flares happen it is also causing some of the nerves to be pinched too. Whatever it is -- it is horrible! I consider myself pretty pain tolerant, but this gets me everytime. I had to take both a flexeril and a vidodin to get any relief last night and just be able to sleep. Today is a bit better -- not completely gone but more tolerable. But...if I touch my chest area at all (or the little one does when I pick her up), it really is tender and hurts. Something that has helped me more - is heat instead of ice. I use the heating pad A LOT. I also stand in a long,hot shower too - that helps. At least while I am in the shower.
Diagnosed with PsA on July 2nd, 2009 after dealing with pain, psoriasis, and lots of Dr's who didn't care for almost 2 1/2 years