Open Heart Surgery caused breastbone pain

by Ann Q
(Bennington VT )

follow the blue lines with index and middle fingers

follow the blue lines with index and middle fingers

After surgery i had major pain in the middle botton of sternum
actually had to go to the er the pain ws so bad and just having a valve replaced and me scared

after years of diff drs it was found to be Costochondritis nothing any one will do

they say the only thing that helps is asprin, advil...
Well being on Warfarin (Coumadin) i can do that.
my cartilage or whatever it is sticks out
I am a stomach sleeper and that can be quite painful

Hello Ann,
Firstly being a stomach sleeper will stir up pain in your neck and your lower back. It takes about two weeks of cursing and gnashing of teeth to change to a side sleeper. Do it.

I'd start with using alternating ice, directly on the painful joints, and heat. In the shower is a good place. Cold, hot, cold...

Then after your shower, take some cream and gently with your index and middle fingers on either side of the painful ribs, starting at the sternum, massage deep in the groove between the ribs, under the breast towards the armpit. Follow the blue lines in the sketch above.

If you are having midback pain, and you probably are, then you need to see a chiropractor. A little warning; a heavy posterior to anterior manipulation in the midback may aggravate the pain. I use a socalled anterior thoracic technique.

See if you can find a chiro experienced with treating Tietzes syndrome. Whilst this isn't a true Tietze's syndrome, treatment of Tietzes may help.

Good luck, let me know how you get on.

Dr b

Find a good chiropractor may be your next step.

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