For those of you who know me, you know that in the last year I have had serious problems with injuring my ribs. I would do something so small (leaning on my dresser against my rib, reaching over the backseat of the truck and my rib pressed against the seat too hard) and it would dislocate or bruise or something! I didn’t know what was going on!!! This pain would often keep me complete bed-ridden for weeks (like a bruised or broken rib). It seemed like I hurt it every few months and lately with increasing frequency.
Well, I am fairly certain I know what is wrong. I have what they call slipping rib syndrome aka Tietze’s Syndrome. Basically my tendons and ligaments are inflamed and very weak which with any type of small trauma allows my ribs to “slip”. This can be caused by both the Lyme which causes a ton of inflammation and the cirrhosis not allowing me to absorb the nutrients I need. A double whammy I suppose. It is extremely, extremely painful. But I am so thankful to know what is going on now I can try to work on making them stronger! There isn’t too much I can do, take a few supplements and pray for the best… conventional medicine basically treats it with painkillers.
Here is a link regarding slipping rib syndrome: http://www.caringmedical.com/conditions/Slipping_Rib_Syndrome.htm
Maybe this will help someone else who has the same thing and can’t figure out what is going on.
Anyways, our date is getting closer and I’m so excited!!! Kelly has her liver biopsy this Thursday so please keep her in your prayers. They can be pretty painful and on top of that you can’t move a muscle when they do it (my natural reaction to pain is to move). So prayer is appreciated, I love my sister!
“Fear is having faith in the devil” –Bill Johnson