I've called several Orthopedic Clinics in my area and they have all told me that ribs are not part of their specialty. I can accept that, but I don't know where else to go. I noticed the ribs were assymetrical about 7 or 8 years ago, while I was in college. It didn't hurt too much, but I went to the free clinic on the campus to ask about it any way. The doctor told me to take ibuprofen if it bothered me and, in so many words, to stop wasting her time. I felt sorry for bothering her and left.
Now, it REALLY hurts. The left side of my rib cage juts out in the front, but the right side has grown inward, creating a little visible concave dip. That's where it hurts the most, especially if I sit down for more than half an hour. I need to sit because I work in an office. I do a lot of typing. I'm trying to get accommodations so that I can stand and type, but it still hurts when I'm driving, trying to relax in a chair, lying on my side, or just whenever.
I've been to my General Practitioner/Primary Care provider three times for this already. The first time I went, he ordered an ultrasound of the organs behind my ribs. I went in to see him again, because he didn't address my pain. This time he prescribed Celebrex. I learned that afternoon that there is no generic for Celebrex and it costs over $200. So, I went back to see him and he prescribed Mobic and tested me for Hepatitis. I'm still not clear on his reason for that last part, but hey, I'm no doctor.
I've been on Mobic for a month now and I don't feel any better. I don't know where else to go if this isn't an orthopedic issue. It's amazing how this man can just throw pills at me without helping me understand my diagnosis. I'm not even sure what the diagnosis is. I ask him and he mumbles about how it's "something to do with" the different kinds of muscles around the ribs. Oh my! Stand back everybody! This guy is using science!
Can someone here offer me some answers? What's wrong with my body?
Well, without a detailed clinical evaluation it would be difficult to comment specifically on the situation or determine the cause of your symptoms. Possibilities that may need to be considered include chest wall inflammation, costochondritis, neuro-muscular causes such as nerve impingement, neuropathies, connective tissue disorders, micronutrient deficiencies, referred pain from other regions such as the respiratory/ GI tract etc. I would suggest getting this evaluated by an internist initially and depending on the cause diagnosed/ suspected, it can be managed accordingly or specialist care may be sought.
Hope this is helpful.
Go to a chiropractor. They will take x-rays and get to the bottom of it for a fraction of the cost. Chiropractors don't prescribe meds so they are trained to look for the problem not just treat symptoms. After 2 car accidents 20 years apart (neither my fault) my chiropractor had to take additional x-rays because ER's weren't weight baring and only had two views. I treated with my chiropractor with first accident(I was 7 months pregnant, couldn't take meds) and have been with him for over 20 years, hot/cold pack, tens stimulation for muscle cramps. When I got t-boned and flipped my truck last year, I went from ER to chiropractor and had therapy done along with meds from ER. Even my orthopedic prefers chiropractors. They have so many patients these days, they prefer the chiropractors monitor the non-surgical patients after their initial visit with them. He had to write the order so my insurance would pay. Therapy may give you some relief while they figure out what's wrong. They won't touch you, no therapy, no nothing, without an x-ray. And just like in regular medicine, if it doesn't feel right, listen to your gut and find another one.
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