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it took 15 years and many visits to different doctors before i was finally diagnoised with a cervical rib, the physical pain and mental frustration i felt for all those years should not and would not have happened if doctors were trained to pursue a problem and not just giving up if something is not obvious, it was only because the doctors friend had this problem too, that she was able to give me an immediate diagnoises which was backed up by an x-ray and my 3 1/2 hour operation followed in just a couple of weeks removing my right side rib, it was also found i also had an extra rib on my left side which has never given me any problems. my arm and my hand were my biggest problem and it affected my work which was very stressful as 3 times i ended up going home as i could not function my right arm or hand properly. the pain would often wake me in the night and i would not know where to put my arm to make the pain go away and sitting still in the same postition for a while would bring on the pain, i remember school plays with dread as i knew having to sit through my childrens plays would bring on the pain, at the chest hospital they did the simplist of tests on me, all the doctor did was riase my arm level with my shoulder taking my pulse which then stopped, showing them that my vain was being pinched by my rib and stopping the blood supply up my arm and hand
i hope the failure to diagniose me for so long is just a one off
and i every sympathy with anyone who has or is suffering with this problem of a spare rib
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