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Help, rib pain related to thoracic?



  • no matter what some docs will say, the t spine can be compromised, one of my ribs is pushing"? back on my t spine because its out of place in my sternum, you can feel the indentation of where its out of place. good luck on your partners pain, she's not crazy, its just uncommon K
    William Garza
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  • I am living with the same condition. I had a lower back surgery 6 years ago due to degenerative disc disorder and have zero pain there. My upper back/left rib however is a totally different issue. The pain is intense and fluctuating. It doesn't show up as problematic on the x-rays, CAT scans, bone scans, or MRI's and my blood work looks good. It doesn't respond to anti-inflammatory meds and I hate being on pain medication but I don't seem to have other option right now.

    I have seen chiropractors in the past and they say my rib is dislocated and can pop it back into place but it won't stay. If I move the wrong way I can hear and feel it pop back out. Painful. My primary care physician says that a pain management specialist may be the only other option. I don't know that I can live with this level of pain for another 40-50 years. Any help out there?
  • Hi Frankie

    I have had the same as your partner and the pain comes for a while then goes and only once did it show up on an MRI as a compressed disc but they could only offer me medication because of the position it is in.I have also had lumber and neck surgery and agree with you that it must be our dodgy backs. However, I did find heat helped reduce the inflammation by sleeping on a heat pad and using heat wraps and hot water bottles. Just a thought. Hope it helps.

    2 x Lumber Surgeries including syn cage and infection
    2 x Neck Fusions
    Gall Bladder Removal
    Still coping with lots and lots of meds
  • I found this article in the Journal of Athletic Training which is pretty accurate in describing someone with our symptoms and how they diagnosed it as "Slipping Rib Syndrome." It also describes how they treated it with a positive outcome. I am going to check it out further and I will post my progress.


    Living In Pain, But Still Living.
  • my friend has a rib damage in a small bike accident.doctor suggested him to take rest for 6 months.is there are any tips to relieve soon,
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  • I suffer from rib pain off and on, and it is NOT in my head!! Lately my physiotherapist has done a gentle "rib spreading" technique that seems to ease it off somewhat. I have a lot of myofascial pain, and I believe that is what most of mine is, and it is definitely directly related to what is happening in my t-spine at the time.

    Your girlfriend might want to try a physiotherapist instead of a chiropractor and just see if she makes any headway. I've tried acupuncture, but didn't have a lot of success for this specifically.

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