Pain: please help w/ chest
Where to start? I have a mild case of pectus excavatum (right side)/pectus carnatum (left side). I would never have sought treatment for the condition, but for the pain. Beginning in my early 20s (Iím now 41), I gradually started to get more and more pain in my left side as I got older. To make a long story short, it got to the point where it was debilitating and affecting my work.
After repeated denials by my insurance company, about six years ago, I was approved to have a procedure to repair it -- a metal bar placed in my chest for nearly three years. The whole ordeal was the worst experience of my life because of the pain. After the bar was removed, my chest looked pretty much the same. Cartilage removal at the same time gave me some relief. Currently, I am at least able to work during the day.
Now, the problem. Where the bar was anchored on my left side, had the effect of pulling that rib down about a half inch. The area is extremely tender and painful. At night, just when I get to sleep, I feel like Iím being waterboarded/suffocated in the form of muscle spasms. I wake up screaming. The fact that I donít get much sleep has affected my work and social life.
The surgeon has told me that I will always have pectus pain, but I feel like if I did something about that rib, it would at least alleviate 50% of it, and allow me to sleep better.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Iím dying for any sort of relief. Iím on an NSAID (Meloxicam) and take Tylenol when appropriate. Both help.