I have a slightly asymmetric left side pectus carinatum. I was a very late bloom and first noticed it when I was about 17 years old. You can't see it if I'm sitting down. No one has ever noticed it or said anything about it at the beach or anyplace else unless I make them aware of it they can't see it. If I stand up and bend over backwords you can see that the ribs stick out maybe a 1/2 inch on the left side of the chest in the cartilage area close to the sternum. When I was 17 I was 5 foot 4 inches tall and approximately 100lbs with little to no pubic hair. After age 17 I grew about 7 inches in height in less then 2 years. I'm now 5 foot 11 inches tall and 165lbs. I never had any pain from it until I was 39 years old. For the past six years I have had left side chest pain sometimes severe for long periods. I have found when I get at least six hours of sleep and I wake up from pain is when I turn or try to stretch my left side ribs cartilage or joint will pop and crack loudly, once for each rib and up to five times. It is usually very painful when it finally cracks but usually puts me back into a better and deeper sleep. The only time I can get them to relax and crack is when I have slept at least 6 to 8 hours. It is usually kinda subliminal because I don't usually completely wake up and go back into a deeper sleep. My left side chest during the day is in some pain full time with some days worse then others. I have never found a doctor who can fully understand or help me manage this type of full time sometimes severe pain. Most of the time it is usually just a constant dull aching pain. What should I do and/or what type of medication should I take for the pain? If you could give me any advice I would appreciate it! I've been misdiagnosed and treated for something I don't even have to many times because of this bone pain problem. If it looks like I've said to much in trying to give you my picture in this post I apologize. I figure if I'm as meticulous as I can be in this post maybe someone will have some idea on how to help treat my pain?
I have to take at least 6 over the counter tylenol to take the pain and that only lasts for about 2 hours so I don't even mess with over the counter pain meds anymore.