Ice, antiinflamatory and rest for the ribs. Walgreens sells giant gel ice packs. This is the same nerve pain I get around both sides from my disk issue at t3-4. I was told the thoracic spine was very difficult to injure and my surgeon had to argue with insurance to get an MRI here. When it got really inflamed (like a hot rope around my rib cage), a round of oral prednisone (medrol dose pack) knocked the inflammation down and kind of reset me to a better spot to recover. This is a difficult area to fix surgically and patience will be required. Best wishes!
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As a mom, I am so compelled to reply. Trying to balance family life with my own concerns has been a challenge to my body and soul for the last 2 years.
My most important suggestion is to not let your docs skimp on X-rays or MRI's. Try to get the entire picture up front as this will help you to prioritize your injuries and help you to be realistic about your eventual recovery. Have your specialist lined up before you get your MRI if you can.
I was injured sledding with my boys 2 years ago, but walked off the hill after the pain faded. I went 4 months before seeking treatment from my gp. She ordered X-rays of my neck, which was broken and dislocated at c5 and had 3 blown disks. In the flurry of my fusion surgery of c3-c7, no one ever thought to look further down my spine. This would have made a big difference in the brace I wore and where and how long I recovered. Later issues revealed a t10 fracture and bulging disk at t4.
Be aggressive in your fact finding and take someone with you to hear the results!
I know I am so fortunate to still be here, and I am sure you feel lucky to have carried your daughter after being injured. Though recovery may not be speedy, you will be glad you pursued treatment so you can enjoy many long years with your family.
Pain is wearing and nerve pain is frightening. Mothering in pain can be a blur of fake smiles, guilt and exhaustion. Know that there will be brighter days and you are on the right path.
My good thoughts will be with you!View Thread
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