New here and seeking anyone else who may have experience of this. I put the two diagnoses as 2 consultants have disagreed. Treatment for both is pretty similar though.
In short physically fit, training and lifting weights (40's female). Felt tired and drained but put down to training/winter colds etc. 4 trips to A&E over next 4 months with chest pain. Heart fine, X-ray fine. MRI and CT also okay.
Chest pain hasn't really gone away throughout the last 18 months. Largely bearable when at rest or pottering about. Walking brings on pain, feels like I can't breathe, muscles go into spasm. Dr says nerves are damaged and making rib problem harder to treat/improve.
Drugs- tried them all including Pregabalin, Amitriptyline, Tramadol, Morphine. Currently on Pregabalin 150mg 3x a day and going back on Tramadol.
Had 2 lots of nerve and facet blocks with very limited results. Physio, osteopathy, acupuncture (most successful but not available at my Pain Clinic)
Just wanted to chat to anyone else who might be experiencing this or similar. Anything else worked? My GP has been great but is a bit lost as to next steps... I'd love to rip the two culprit ribs right out but apparently, this is too extreme!
I empathise with you. 5 years ago, whilst on holiday, in S.Africa, I injured my ribs when getting out of the pool . My dr said he could give me painkillers but it would have to heal on its own.Was dreadfully painful, as you well know. Had airport/flight assistance, when returning to the UK. My local gp said much the same, and as far as I remember, I took prescribed co-codamol and morphine. It was several weeks before I was pain-free. Wish you well and soon.
Thank you. It is extremely painful but reassuring it should ease albeit eventually. Went to new physio today so will see how that goes. I'm about 18 months in with this pretty continuous pain so I just need ways to manage it alwhen at it's worst.