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.
I think I must be going on five days for this migraine, but it could be more. It hasn’t hit me as hard as they often can though so its tolerable. The pain from the arthritis is tolerable as well. My legs are a bit achy, and don’t quite feel like they can hold my weight, but I can get around fine.
What is really getting to me today is my ribs. My slipping rib syndrome has gotten the best of me. I got a mammogram last week and I could actually feel some dislocate during the exam. They weren’t too bad a couple of hours later and we were tight on money so I figured they would be fine until the next time I happened to make it into a chiropractor. Then I woke up Saturday hardly able to breath. Every movement caused shooting pains through my torso, and when I was perfectly still I could feel deep deep aches. I can feel with my hands several ribs out.
I have an appointment at 11:30 with one of my chiropractors. I go to two, one on each end of town. Both are great and I feel secure and safe with either. Dr. Cody Massek works out of Temecula and I love that he can get me in and out in a few moments and I am able to go straight to work after seeing him. I can usually just call on my way in and they can get me in. Dr. Cody also recommended the Prolotherapist I went to years ago that helped me so much. Everyone in his office is so fit and there is so much there about diet that I actually feel a little embarrassed to be there. I tried his diet system for a few months but was mentally miserable and just couldn’t stick with it. Dr. Ito puts me on a heated roller table which sometimes really hurts and I have to focus on laying there for what seems like hours, but is probably more like 30 minutes. I am in his office about an hour. His adjustments feel so gentle but I leave there able to breathe and with a sense of well being. I know both these Dr.s would probably I rather not take any medications, but they are understanding and supportive of the decisions I have made with my specialist.
Yesterday was day 2 of my Remicade Infusions. The infusions aren’t so bad, and would be better if I wasn’t so queazy about blood and body goo. I do have to take antihistamines both during and after the infusion. The same body odor that struck me after my first infusion and lasted a week has returned less than 24 hours after the second. I asked the nurse about it and she says she has never heard anyone complain about it before.
I wanted to write a little bit about this condition I deal with because it took me so long to get it diagnosed and when I did there was so little information out there on it.
Slipping Rib Syndrome is where there is significant damage caused to the cartilage and connective tissues of the rib cage. This weakness makes the ribs very easily get dislocated. A car going over a speed bump, a bad sneeze, a tight hug can all dislocate a rib.
I spend many nights in the emergency room before getting diagnosed. Eventually after getting diagnosed with some help from the internet and a pain specialist who was about to give me a pain pump, I started prolotherapy. Prolotherapy is a treatment for joints that helps rebuild the cartilage with a series of injections, causing inflammation. That inflammation reminds the body where it needs help. It helps a lot. I am not cured but most my dislocations are smaller. I can go to the chiropractor still 3 times a week and have several ribs slightly dislocated every time. I have learned to live just fine with that discomfort. Still once or twice a month I get ribs that dislocate to such a degree its hard to breath and function and even think. Right now someone could physically feel one of my ribs dislocated through my tissue and chub.
I am miserable today, but most days I am just fine. I can’t imagine being back where I was before the prolotherapy and seeing Chiropractors in a regular basis. Prolotherapy isn’t cheap (we had to refinance the house AND use credit cards) and neither is regular Chiropractics, but this is just something that needs professionals. No amount of bath soaking or healthy eating can fix this.