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Ribs dislocated.

I saw the chiropractor Wednesday and the adjustment was painful. He said the ribs were out pretty badly and the adjustment might not hold. By that PM I was pretty sure they hadn’t. Thursday I took two Alleve and made it to my sons concert and was even able to get through my dance class in the evening. My hopes were that the adjustment was just so hard on my body that I was still in a lot of pain from that. This morning my body insists I stop lying to myself. The pain is intense. I will make an appointment as soon as its a decent hour. In better news my now 6 day migraine much milder in intensity
. Even with the ribs my health seems finally on a little upswing.

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Daily Health Journal- Oct. 6, 2012

Today was a fairly good day. We worked La Costa Farmer’s Market.  No sales which is always rough, especially when we do so much work and drive so far.

I didn’t have a trace of a migraine at all today.  I had a moderate amount of achiness.  I did have several rather mild episodes of chest/jaw pain.  When I say mild I mean it didn’t make me want to cry or scream, but I did long to climb into bed and call a quick end to my day.  The chest pain is never truely mild, just tollerable and not so much tollerable.

I also have had acid reflux in the past two days.  I am wonder if wheat might be a trigger food for it.

  • Anyways, I realized I am a much happier functioning person without a migraine.  Once I get the psoriatic arthritis under control I will focus on controlling the migraines, the slipping rib syndrome and the acid reflux.  Great news is I found a great chiropractor who will work with me on payments.  He feels that if I get my ribs put back every time they go out, eventually they won’t dislocate as easily.  He also has some adjustments for acid reflux and says I have some signs of a hernia that could be causing the symptoms.  Its possible many of my symptoms may be helped with regular chiropratic visits.

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Daily Health Journal- Oct. 4th

Yesterday I felt fairly good, I wen’t and got a massage mid day, but after I felt just icky, migrainey, tired and sick.  I noticed my shoulders were pretty swollen again.  I don’t know what causes this, but the first time it happened was shortly before my Remicade infusion, so it isn’t the Remicade.

I felt one little rib dislocate yesterday morning but I think the massage exasperated my whole rib cage.  Its hard to breathe or move and the pain is going through my whole torso.  Today would be a day I would take morphine and go to bed, if either one of those things was an option.  As a rule I try to avoid opiates if possible as there have been drug problems in my family.  I also promised to help my grandmother with her estate sale today, so I can’t be in bed.

My dear grandmother, though, isn’t feeling well this morning and thinks she is having a small stroke, so she and my dad have gone to the emergency room, to make sure she is ok.  That means I am handling the estate sale alone, which is alright.  I just hope I can keep a smile on my face through the pain and make everyone feel welcome.  As long as grandma will be alright, everything will be alright.  Smiling to myself as that feels like one of the main mantras I live by.

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Slipping Rib Syndrome- treatments?

There is so little info out there about slipping rib syndrome.  As far as I know I have gone through the main treatment for it out there, Prolotherapy, where dozens of little saline injections are placed into the damaged joint, causing inflamation, which causes the body to focus on healing and rebuilding in this area.  This really worked great for me.  The problem is it worked to a limited degree.   They won’t do the proceedure if you aren’t in pain at the time of the proceedure, and I had to make my appointments a month in advance.  That worked wonderfully for me until prolotherapy actually started working.   Then I would head out to my appointment two hours before and have no idea if I would be in pain by the time I got there.  More than once I was turned away when I got there because I wasn’t in pain at the moment.  I would say I am probably about 50% better, maybe being a little less generous than I should be, because I am in pain right now.

I go see a chiropractor (two actually) on a regular basis, but it would be impossible for me to go see one often enough to remain pain free from the dislocated ribs.  I would love to have a chiropractic membership, like people have massage memberships or gym memberships, where I could just pay a flat monthly fee and just go as often as needed.   I don’t know if such a thing exists but if it did it would probably not be in my price range.  My insurance company will cover three visits a year.  Ideally I would get three a week.  Financially I am limited to one a month, two if I simply can’t stand the pain.

Slipping Rib Syndrome is basically an injury to the connective tissue, caused by trama to the area.  The ribs slip out of joint fairly easily, and its common to have three ribs or more dislocated at one time.  It hurts to move, stetch, sit still, lay down, eat, breathe.  Right now my ribs have been dislocated for about 10 days and it hurts so badly I can’t sleep.  For me, it was caused by a misdiagnosed life time chronic cough.  It got very severe after having my son and I was treated for asthma for about 5 years while the cough just got worse.  Turns out it was acid reflux, probably exasperated by my new diet and a sudden senditary lifestyle.  The cough was so extreme I was embarrassed togo out, and it was increased by physical activity so I got even more sendiatry.  The pain in my chest from the ribs dislocating was misdiagnoised as fibromyalgia, an easy diagnoises since I had other autoimmune symptoms and had not yet been diagnoised with the psoriatic arthritis.

I have tried glucosamine drinks and plenty of “miracle” drink cures, but I am open to other ideas.  Maybe there are no other treatments, but in my quest for total health in my fight against the psoriatic arthritis, I would be remise if I didn’t try to fix all of the issues causing me health problems.

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Daily Health Journal-9/30

I was able to help my grandmother three days in a row.  I have found if I am not in too much pain three cups of coffee spread through the day will give me just enough energy.  Its a temporary solution I know.  The coffee and caffiene will wreck havok on my acid reflux, cause a chronic cough, and exasperate my slipping rib syndrome.

My ribs were bothering me yesterday but not as severely as the day prior.  I woke with a migraine today but I had gone a whole week without one, so I would feel ungrateful to complain.  My psoriatic arthritis pain hasn’t been bad at all, so I am hopeful that the Remicade is working.  The nurse did say some people see results in as little as six weeks and thats where I am.  So far I haven’t noticed any side effects, such as hair loss or infection; only rather extreme fatigue for a few days after the injection.

Took some off brand migraine asprin as excedrine migraine is still off the market.  Hopefully it will also take the edge off of the rib pain.

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Daily Health Journal-Sept. 28, 2012

Well its been an awesome week health wise.  Nearly a week with very little migraine.  My muscle and joint aches have been far less severe, and my energy level has been up.  I have been helping my grandmother hold an estate sale so I have been having three caffeine drinks a day to be able to make it through the day, but I have been able to.  Still tired by mid evening, but its certainly better than by mid afternoon, or even mid morning.

The worst thing has been the dislocated ribs from the slipping rib syndrome.  I wish I had a monthly chiropractic membership so I could go as often as needed.  I often go a week or two, sometimes longer in rather dibilitation pain, because I simply can’t afford to go to a chiropractor more than a couple of times a month.  Still a couple Aleve and I have been able to get through my responisiblites.  I did have to cancel three shows this weekend, because I know I just don’t have the energy or health to do the shows and the estate sale.  Someday maybe.  If not, its ok.  I think I could live just fine being in just a moderate amount of pain.  The rib pain gets worse at night, when my body is tired and the meds wear off.  I also am sure wearing bras make it worse.    It’s nearly 10 pm now and my breathing is short and shallow because my chest hurts so much with every breath. They have been out for a week now, so I don’t know how much longer I will be able to stand them out.  I already gone to the chiropractor three times this month so I am waiting until we can  afford it.  Its so hard to spend so much money on it as I know its always such a temporary fix.  Still its been a relatively excellent week.  Remicade infusion is next Tuesday.

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Daily Health Journal- 9/27/12

Yesterday I said that I had been on Remicade a month, but I am notoriously horrible with math and its been 6 weeks, with my third infusion scheduled for next Tuesday.

Yesterday I struggled still with exhastion but was able to run errands and finish a painting.  After dinner, where I over ate a bit, the ribs that had slipped over the weekend started really giving me problems.  Its hard to breath, but slipping rib syndrome is something that is unlikely to ever improve and I can’t afford to go to the chiropractor ever time a rib or two gets dislocated.  If I had unlimited funds I would go to the chiropractor a few times week, but instead try to limit it to once or twice a month, which tends to be enough to keep me out of the emergency room.  Two alleve tempered the pain enough so I could sleep, and two more this morning so I can get through the day.  I am helping my grandmother get ready for a big estate sale, so I will just need to communicate that I can not lift things.

Exercise on hold until my ribs are a bit better.

Another day without a migraine, sounds like a great day to me!  Also arthritis pain a minimum!

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