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i woke up about three weeks ago now with some mild rib pain which I thought was caused by a lumpy mattress in my new place. Then the following day I woke up in complete agony, doing anything was incredibly painful, breathing, moving, crying!
i thought I might have somehow broken a rib and my GP agreed it was some kind of mystery chest wall injury and I was given pain killers. By the end of the week breathing was becoming more difficult so I went back to a different doctor who said it was costochondritis and gave me different painkillers.
The pain has largely subsided now when I'm at rest it's still incredibly uncomfortable and you can clearly see where the ribs have moved. It looks like I'm missing my 10th rib and if I feel it, the 11th it really sticking out forward of where it should be and the 10th is hidden away under it.
What have I done? And how?!
GP says there isn't anything to be done about rib injuries which I understand in terms of breaks, but these are clearly not in the right place. He also said some asymmetry in ribs is normal, which again is fine, but this wasn't there three weeks ago and now it feels like permanently having a broom handle poking in the liver!
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