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Chest pain from cartilage deformity

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  • Posted By: Rathaford
  • September 4, 2008
  • 08:42 PM

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. After age 17 I grew about 7 inches in height in less then 2 years. I'm now 5'11" 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?

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