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Slipping rib syndrome

OakLeaf2012-09-03 05:21:34 +0000 #1
Okay, I'm going to ask my PT when I see her on Tuesday, but in the meantime I'm wondering if I might have a slipping first and/or second rib. Not that that would have anything to do with the other paresthesias, but it sure would be nice to at least be able to tell them I'm not crazy about the most uncomfortable symptoms I have ...

Is it possible for the upper ribs to slip? Most of what I've read talks about lower ribs.

Is it possible to have a slipping rib without pain, only pressure and possible nerve impingement? (I don't need the "chest pressure" lecture, if I'm having a heart attack I've been having it continuously for the past four months and I haven't dropped dead yet. )

Not that I really want to know, but I'm already getting enough bad news on the other stuff - what's the prognosis?
sookiesue2012-09-03 05:32:43 +0000 #2
I've had issues with my first rib getting out of alignment, but it presents as pain in my upper back, almost my neck, a bit to the side of my spine, almost to my shoulder blade. It's pretty painful and often comes on pretty abruptly.

I haven't experienced any discomfort anywhere in my chest due to the ribs slipping, though.

What I've experienced has been easily remedied with an adjustment from my chiropractor, but when I was seeing a PT for shoulder issues she also showed me how to work on that rib area using a sheet, applying some tension while tilting your head and stretching. I couldn't possibly describe what to do without pictures, but I'm sure your PT will be able to help if this is what is troubling you.

Getting a tennis ball and placing it between myself and the wall and rolling around on it in that precisely uncomfortable spot has provided some relief when I can't get to the chiropractor quickly.

Hope you find relief quickly!



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