Chronic pain from sliding rib syndrome

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   Posted 1/21/2010 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm hoping for some suggestions.
I just got back from pain clinic after two intercostal depomedrol shots.  I'm hoping for some relief from pain from 3 sliding ribs which were broken or separated or something by my seatbelt in bad auto wreck.  (Dumb bunny didn't know what to do at a blinking red light and tried to make it through the intersection right in front of me.)
The wreck was in June and I still have to hold my side to roll over and I can't sit in a straight-back chair.  I tip the seat back to drive.
I get relief with tramadol, which I take for fibromyalgia and arthritis and torn knee cartilege, but if I take more than 1 a day I get clonic leg spasms.  I take Neurontin 100 mg TID for the fibro, which helps the rib pain a little.
I was told that a thoracic surgeon can remove the ribs.  Alternatively I can try the nerve burning thing, but that often leads to chronic pain that would be worse than what I have.

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   Posted 1/23/2010 2:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Alcie, I do hope you will do a lot of research before considering removing the ribs. This is not a real common surgery and should only be done by a specialist that deals with this type of surgery. I know of several people that had thoracic outlet syndrome and the surgery done was the removal of ribs. It was a very painful surgery and a fairly long recovery. I am not trying to scare you, I just want you to educate yourself on this and please get a second or third opinion. I believe you are talking about RF of the nerves, yes this is a common procedure many pain mgt do now a days. It can be helpful with the pain and certainly something to consider. Is your dr saying this will cause CP, if so, he is not correct, it is done in an effort to alleviate pain not cause it. God luck and keep us posted on how you are doing.o

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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