Slipping Rib Syndrome – 11 Week Update

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.


Previous Posts on Slipping Rib Syndrome from It Could Be Worse:

Slipping Rib Syndrome – Hansen Technique & One Month Follow-Up

3 Years & Five Surgeries – Slipping Rib Syndrome

3 Months Post-Op Slipping Rib Syndrome

Any Way You Slice it – Thoracic & Hand Surgery, Again

Rib Plating Surgery and Thoracic Appointments

Slipping Rib Syndrome


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I am a Kentuckian, a blogger and Crohn's Disease columnist, a military veteran, a model, and a mother to my fur baby, Bilbo. In this blog, I will share my opinions and life experiences, my feelings and problems, with my patient perspective and other health related issues. I will share stories from my life, the good and bad and the real things that others may not be as open to discussing, and hopefully you can (or can't) relate. Thank you! For Me, It Could Be Worse.

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