For those of you keeping up with my ribs – I wanted to post a quick update.
I am 11 1/2 weeks post-op from surgery with Dr. H in WV. I am also one year post-op from my last failed VA surgery. I will say, healing isn’t going as great as I’d hoped it would – I am still having issues with my ribs and pain. The last few weeks have been hard.
Immediately after surgery and for weeks after, I have felt great and my ribs have been healing. But sound week 9 and 10, I have had some of the same rib pains and pulling feeling that I was having before. Week 9, I had a sneezing fit and I felt my ribs hurt. Like, really hurt. It sent nerve pains through my abdomen that reminded me of post-op pain. I immediately grabbed my side and said “that’s not good” and now I’m terrified that I’ve somehow hurt my healing ribs. I feel like I’m regressing and I’m in tears thinking that this pain is forever.
Moving my body is starting to feel like before, I have to lay down to not feel rib pain, and, when I sit in a chair I swear I can feel my ribs slipping under. I feel tightness and pulling again and today I swear I could feel bone-on-bone grinding.
I know if it continues, I’ll have to fill Dr. H in on what’s going on before my 6-month follow-up. I keep fighting myself to even write about it because it is so disheartening. I keep saying maybe I’ll be pain-free by 12 weeks or 16 weeks but each week is getting harder. I don’t want to be right about my ribs but I seem to know when something feels wrong.
Y’all, these slipping ribs are NO joke.
Until next time, for me, It Could Be Worse.
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