My anxiety levels have bottomed out in the last couple weeks (THE DAY IS MINE!) but I have a few lingering symptoms that I would like to proactively address:
- Lower back pain
- Abdominal tightness, particularly towards the flank
- Lower rib pain, particularly across the bottom ribs towards the flank. Also the lower back rib cage (possibly, although it's hard to pinpoint if it is the ribs, muscle, or what.)
I have provided a very scientific diagram showing the location of rib pain for additional reference:
Additional medical history (all conveniently since anxiety started) : hypercalcemia (possible PHPT), chronic prostatitis, gastritis. I'm also told my spleen is larger than normal for no reason. I'm early twenties.
Questions for the group:
1. Are there any other underlying issues besides prolonged anxiety and muscle tension that would be causing this? (e.g. posture, or... I don't know, not eating enough carrots?) I've read some stuff on costochondritis, but most of what I read suggested it should hurt to the touch. This decidedly does not. It feels more like a "pulling apart" sensation
2. For anyone experiencing these same things, have any treatments been particularly helpful? For lower back, I've tried massage, stretches, sleeping with a pillow under my knees, NSAIDS, ...
PS yes, I know I should ask my doctor about this stuff, and I will if they persist -- she just tends to be a bit of an alarmist which ultimately has ramifications on my pocketbook (tests, specialists, blah.)
Thanks all. Hope everyone's having a good weekend.