Thursday, July 19, 2012


Separating a rib is NOT fun. The pain associated with rib separation can be debilitating and can take your breath away. This is what I have been dealing with for 2-1/2 weeks now. I have had 3 different chiropractors put the rib back in place during this time using various methods. One of the methods requires the doctor to use their full body weight against yours in a quick jerking motion with their fist placed behind the rib to put it back in while your arms are crossed in front of you.

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The funny (really not that funny) thing is that the Web gives this description for treatment:
The main treatment for a rib separation is rest. It can take up to two to three months to heal and during this time it is important to avoid pressure on the chest, or excessive movement of the rib cage.

Taping can sometimes be used to help support the rib while the injury heals, but it is important that breathing isn’t restricted. A doctor will often prescribe painkillers to help reduce pain so that the patient can breathe normally.
So, basically we really made a huge mistake in going this direction last week during one of the treatments. The risk for me is not typical. Since I have a tumor on my sternum, the chance for it to crack or break is higher which can cause more pain and worse problems.

This is why my chest has hurt so much worse this past week. My acupuncturist worked on it today with hopes that it will reduce the pain. Also, the results from the X-ray came in this morning and everything was still okay. There were no cracks or breaks found at all.

So, I thank you for the prayers and support over the past couple of days.

"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;" Philippians 1:3-6

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