Stabbing pain in right ribs for over a year with no relief from any treatment
about a year ago my boyfriend started experiencing a stabbing pain in his right mid back rib area. He does mountain bike and lifts heavy tires for a living - but is always very careful. This seemed to come on out of the blue as well. He went to his Chiro and he adjusted him. Seemed to get worse after that.
It hurts worse standing up. He has been wearing a rib belt, which helps, but not completely. For the last 6 months he has tried acupuncture, cupping and has done prolotherapy twice now. The acupuncture/cupping seemed to give some relief - but nothing permanent. Since the prolotherapy the doctor has been sending him to another type of chiropractor and they keep saying his rib popped away from his spine. And the last visit they also found some vertebrae out of place. Nothing is helping him. By 3pm he is so exhausted from the pain and at his wits end. They have him on pain meds which he cannot stand taking.
He is pushing the people he loves away because he just can't seem to focus on anything other than managing this pain. Please, can someone give me an idea to help him.
It's must be a very distressing time for you all.
Has an x-rays of his chest and thoracic spine been taken? If not, that's where he should begin.
A few tests for he and you to do:
1. Take in a deep breath. Does it hurt, or did it in the past?
2. Sitting with behind him, you rotate his torso right and left, and then bend side ways. What happen?
3. Lying on his belly, just to the side of the spine, press down quite firmly, starting at the top and moving down, right and left. Any very tender spots?
4. Lying on his back, press where the rib meets the sternum. Sore? A lump?
Let me have SPECIFIC answers; do each one carefully and thoroughly, make notes and let me know if you want a useful reply.
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