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    My front ribs on the right hand side have always been concave and have never bothered me but for the past few weeks I've been getting a stitch pain there especially during the evenings, it moves around into my side and can be very uncomfortable. My ribs feel like they are pushing inwards too, especially when I lie down-my costoplasty was done on the same side but of course around the back. Is this just one of those things and not worth mentioning?
    Thoracic 72 degrees, lumber 30 degrees-fused aged 44, T2-L4, posterior fusion with costoplasty (8 ribs were chopped) on 3/11/10 under the care of Mr Ahmed at North Staffs Hospital. Now nice and straight

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    Hi Sarah, this is most likely to be nerve pain from your back that tracks round to the front of your ribcage. I had exactly the same sort of discomfort, and a steroid injection into my back sorted it out. If it's the same problem as I had it isn't anything seriously wrong, but it is uncomfortable. I also get the weird rib sensations like the "pushing in" that you describe, especially when lying on my right hand side (my costoplasty was on the left). I think it's just one of those things; if it gets unbearably painful or uncomfortable then do see your surgeon though.
    37 years old, diagnosed with infantile idiopathic scoliosis at 6 months old with curves of 62(T) and 40(L) degrees. Casting and Milwaukee braces until surgery at 10 - ant release/pos fusion T1-T12, halo traction. Post op cast and then TLSO. Further surgery at 18 (ant release/pos fusion extended to L3 to include lumbar curve, costoplasty) and 25 (another costoplasty). Fusion extended to L4 at 33 (XLIF with 4 pedicle screws and two short rods). Pre-op curves: 76(T) and 70(L). Post-op curves: 45(T) and 35(L). Diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome aged 34; scoliosis almost certainly due to this rather than being idiopathic.

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    Did it come back at all after the injection? I find its at its worst when I've been crocheting or anything repetitive. I still have the 'knife' pain too just to the left of my protruding screws which has been pretty bad this past week. If theses things continue I will have to go back and see him and discuss having the injections afterall.
    Thoracic 72 degrees, lumber 30 degrees-fused aged 44, T2-L4, posterior fusion with costoplasty (8 ribs were chopped) on 3/11/10 under the care of Mr Ahmed at North Staffs Hospital. Now nice and straight

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    Yes, the effects of the injections wear off but for me the anterior rib pain never came back as bad as it had been before. When I get it now, it is mild discomfort rather than really sharp annoying discomfort. I think the injection helped to interrupt the pain cycle/flare up and allowed things to settle down a bit.

    I'd try the injections if I were you Sarah - you have nothing to lose and they may well help you
    37 years old, diagnosed with infantile idiopathic scoliosis at 6 months old with curves of 62(T) and 40(L) degrees. Casting and Milwaukee braces until surgery at 10 - ant release/pos fusion T1-T12, halo traction. Post op cast and then TLSO. Further surgery at 18 (ant release/pos fusion extended to L3 to include lumbar curve, costoplasty) and 25 (another costoplasty). Fusion extended to L4 at 33 (XLIF with 4 pedicle screws and two short rods). Pre-op curves: 76(T) and 70(L). Post-op curves: 45(T) and 35(L). Diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome aged 34; scoliosis almost certainly due to this rather than being idiopathic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonibunny View Post
    Yes, the effects of the injections wear off but for me the anterior rib pain never came back as bad as it had been before. When I get it now, it is mild discomfort rather than really sharp annoying discomfort. I think the injection helped to interrupt the pain cycle/flare up and allowed things to settle down a bit.

    I'd try the injections if I were you Sarah - you have nothing to lose and they may well help you
    Thank you Toni
    When I see Mr Ahmed at my daughters appt I will say I need to see him again.
    Thoracic 72 degrees, lumber 30 degrees-fused aged 44, T2-L4, posterior fusion with costoplasty (8 ribs were chopped) on 3/11/10 under the care of Mr Ahmed at North Staffs Hospital. Now nice and straight

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