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Assymetrical rib cage, pain
owmyribs posted:
I've called several Orthopedic Clinics in my area and they have all told me that ribs are not part of their specialty. I can accept that, but I don't know where else to go. I noticed the ribs were assymetrical about 7 or 8 years ago, while I was in college. It didn't hurt too much, but I went to the free clinic on the campus to ask about it any way. The doctor told me to take ibuprofen if it bothered me and, in so many words, to stop wasting her time. I felt sorry for bothering her and left.

Now, it REALLY hurts. The left side of my rib cage juts out in the front, but the right side has grown inward, creating a little visible concave dip. That's where it hurts the most, especially if I sit down for more than half an hour. I need to sit because I work in an office. I do a lot of typing. I'm trying to get accommodations so that I can stand and type, but it still hurts when I'm driving, trying to relax in a chair, lying on my side, or just whenever.

I've been to my General Practitioner/Primary Care provider three times for this already. The first time I went, he ordered an ultrasound of the organs behind my ribs. I went in to see him again, because he didn't address my pain. This time he prescribed Celebrex. I learned that afternoon that there is no generic for Celebrex and it costs over $200. So, I went back to see him and he prescribed Mobic and tested me for Hepatitis. I'm still not clear on his reason for that last part, but hey, I'm no doctor.

I've been on Mobic for a month now and I don't feel any better. I don't know where else to go if this isn't an orthopedic issue. It's amazing how this man can just throw pills at me without helping me understand my diagnosis. I'm not even sure what the diagnosis is. I ask him and he mumbles about how it's "something to do with" the different kinds of muscles around the ribs. Oh my! Stand back everybody! This guy is using science!

Can someone here offer me some answers? What's wrong with my body?
Anon_57995 responded:
First, did your MD discuss with you the findings of the ultrasound?

That would be of priority.

Ruling out Hepatitis is a good thing. The liver inflames and can displace normal anatomy. This is probably why your MD wanted to rule out Hepatitis.

Where you would go from her is highly dependent upon the results of the ultrasound and any other blood and/ or other lab studies that you may have had.
owmyribs replied to Anon_57995's response:
He didn't find anything wrong on the ultrasound and the test was negative for Hepatitis. He didn't schedule a follow-up, so maybe he thinks every think is just peachy for me now.
owmyribs replied to owmyribs's response:
everything, not "every think"
annette030 replied to owmyribs's response:
Unless you call and make an appt. to go see him he will continue to think everything is "just peachy".

It is hard, but medicine rules out one or two things at a time, until the doctor figures things out. Some are better diagnosticians than others.

Take care, Annette
owmyribs replied to annette030's response:
I began seeing another doctor last week. He ordered a CT and an ultrasound. This doctor thought I had gallstones after the CT, but they didn't show on the ultrasound. I'll see him again next week.

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