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Date Joined Sep 2010
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   Posted 9/24/2010 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi my name is Maria :) I just turned 26. The reason I'm here on this forum is b/c I have intercostal neuralgia. Its not something you hear of often. I was in a bad car accident about 3 yrs ago. It was raining and a woman driving a mini van ran the stop sign at 45mph never hitting her breaks and slammed into the truck I was riding in. She took off the front tire and axle with it, then hit the back of our truck, then we hit a concrete median with no tire and slid 110ft into a field. The other lady was injured but gave the cops a false name and disappeared after being treated. Also she canceled her car insurance just hrs before the accident. There was a total of 3 impacts with the accident and my left rib cage went into the center console several times. As a result I have permanent nerve and muscle damage. There is a lot of scar tissue built up between the ribs not allowing room for the nerves. Right now the only treatment is I have to go a few times a month sometimes more to the chiropractor. He uses a tool to open the spaces between my ribs and he also scrapes the scar tissue to try to get it to loosen up (very uncomfortable). Then he puts some tape over the ribs to help reduce bruising and keep the space open between the ribs. I have learned to deal with the pain over the last 3 years. I dont take any pain meds or muscle relaxers...they didnt seem to touch it. Sitting up for long periods of time aggravate it. I have found I cant sleep on my side sometimes and I can't lay on my stomach either. I have to be careful doing some activities b/c it will flair it up. Although I still do things knowing its gonna flair b/c life is short I want to have fun...for example roller coasters lol. I just know to have an appt scheduled when I get home lol. So for now I'm dealing with it. Its become a way of life but I was wondering if anyone on here has dealt with intercostal neuralgia?

spinal soldier
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   Posted 9/24/2010 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
hi maria, that is a pretty name, i don't have intercostal neuralgia but if you have used pain-killers like ibuprofen, naproxen or the mixed opiate/tylenol combos like vicoden and percocet/tylox, and the normal muscle-relaxants like flexeril, skelakin, or soma and none of these gave you results it may be because certain neuralgia pains are tough to get at. also when you mention scar tissue you may have a big inflammatory component of this pain similar to costochchondritis [sp?] which is inflammation of tissues around the ribs. for the neuralgia pain the medications used most often are: Lyrica, Neurontin [gabapentin], and some different anti-depressants that effect neurotransmitters involved in nerve pain: Elavil [amitriptyline], Cymbalta [duloxitine], or even Effexor [venlafexine]. the standard pain treatments for costochchondritis are; NSAID's [not as needed but regular dosing] [also more potent NSAID's-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs] like diclofenac or nambutone. your stated goals are to have pain reduction without drug adverse effects effecting normal life. if you are able [insurance?] i would get with a neurologist for a consult, maybe a orthopedic doctor, and let them know exactly what you said in your post; you want less pain without side effects. there are options available for you. i have neuralgia in my right foot and the low dose of Lyrica i take eliminates it with no adverse side effects i am aware of. good luck Maria!
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   Posted 9/24/2010 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to our family Maria. So sorry that it is your pain that brings you here but you have certainly come to the right place. The people here are wonderful. I don't know about your pain, but I do understand chronic pain.
I hope you will post often. Once again a big welcome.
PS. Spinal soldier, you are always so full of information. I was wondering if you are a doctor or such??

One day at a time!!

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Date Joined Feb 2010
Total Posts : 914
   Posted 9/24/2010 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Maria , you are most welcome to the family !!! I'm very sorry to hear of the terrible accident that has affected your health so much , but you sound strong and like a woman of very good character and that is a wonderful asset . I don't have the same affliction as you so I can't advise you about that . But I do advise you to get as much info as you can on your condition as you can , because as you get older your symptoms may become more severe , but happily theres also the possibility you can find releif thru treament or surgery . I just had hip replacement surgery , I could only walk with a walker now I'm using a cane and they tell me in 4-6 weeks I won't need the cane . This can happen for you too , they work miracles these days !!! Again welcome , please post often as you like , we will support you !!! your friend Mikel
HIV+. meds - epzicom, Kaletra . oxycontin as needed , indothemiacin . hip replacement surgery done !!! Staples out , saw the surgeon he says I'm healing really well , I go back in 2 months . Until then its physical therapy galore !!

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   Posted 9/24/2010 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Maria!

I'm so glad you have joined this family! But so sad at what has happened to your life. It's good that you are reaching out to others who understand your pain. Even though those who love and live with you understand, it's not quite the same as someone who suffers also.

Have you exhausted all possibilities of 2nd, 3rd or more opinions? If you haven't gone to a teaching/university hospital you might want to give it a try. I'm not doubting that you haven't already tried this or everything else, but wanted you to be aware of resources we have available. At the top of the forum list there's a thread called Chronic Pain 101 and it has lots of good information in it.This is a link to many of the university hospitals worldwide. They are great for many reasons but mostly for their cutting edge technology and also for not just dumping you aside when they can't figure out what to do. Hope some of this helps...

Also, for those of us who don't really know what intercostal neuralgia is, here's a link for that too. It's helpful to understand what's going on with others living with chronic pain.

Warm hugs!
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White Beard
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 9/25/2010 1:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Maria

I too want to Welcome you to Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum, I read up on your condition, ( Thanks for the link Chutzie!) I must admit it makes me cringe just thinking about how painful that must be for you! Well we might not be able to fix you up, but we sure can listen to you and of course give you our compassionate, caring support! I think that you will find, that although we all have different conditions and different types of pain, we all still live in chronic pain, and we do understand what it is like for you to have to live with CP all the time! When you come here you are no longer alone with your pain, you are among friends, who can truely empathize with what you are having to endure! So when you are frustrated, and feel over whelmed with your pain, please come here and vent your frustrations, there is usually always someone here that listen attentively and will share in your burden and hopefully lighten your load that your CP puts on you. Again I Welcome you to our CP family!

I do wish YOU well!!

White Beard
Moderator Chronic Pain
After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!

Screaming Eagle
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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 9/25/2010 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   


   Hello maria! Welcome to the Chronic Pain forum!

   I dont have a clue as to what it is you have, but it does sound painful to say the least.

   We have a great group of members here, and I'm sure you will enjoy them.

   Hope you get to feeling better soon, and please keep us up todate with any progress you may have.

       Take care,

      SE wink

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