My life is full of surprises, and none of them are good. Went to bed Saturday and my back was a bit sore. Nothing unusual in that. I’ve had a sore area come and go on the right hand side of my back for about a year now and don’t think much about it. Woke up Sunday morning barely able to move.
It’s difficult to investigate your back on your own, but from what I can gather the pain starts from a sore spot on my rib near to my spine (see picture). The pain mostly radiates down that rib, following it all the way round virtually to the front. There is residual pain around the rib, up the centre of my spine and slightly to the left of my back but it’s mostly on that one rib on the right at the back. It hurts to breathe, or twist, or use my right arm for just about anything. Doesn’t hurt when I cough though, which is odd.
I’ve looked up Costochondritis (inflammation of the rib cartilage) which is common in Ehlers-Danlos but it doesn’t seem to fit. Costochondritis usually starts at the front on the left and coughing is acutely painful, none of which applies in this case.
I can only assume the rib in question has slipped out of alignment. It’s definitely been weak for several months and maybe this weekend was just the time it decided to go. Who knows? I’m certainly not seeing anyone about it, because all a Doctor can do is offer me painkillers I can’t take.
I’ve sprayed it with Ibuleve gel and wrapped a bandage round. Not sure the bandage helps though, as the rib in question is level with my boob so I can’t wrap the bandage around the start of the pain and can only wrap up the bottom if the rib. Actually, writing that down I have no idea why I’ve bothered because it will obviously be supporting bugger all 😉
Despite the discomfort I slept well last night and when I woke the pain was much improved. Now I’ve been up and about using my back and arm however it’s increasing by the minute. At least it proves that rest helps though, which is a good sign. Looks like I’m going to have a pretty boring week but while it sorts itself out.
The worst part, I’m finding, is that I’m struggling to wipe my bum when I’ve been to the loo – the twisting motion is a serious “ow, ow, OW!” moment. And I can’t bend to put my shoes on or tie my laces. I was also supposed to be plucking Bertie’s ear hair and clipping his toe nails this weekend – he hates both and is the only one happy I’m in agony and can’t do it 😉 Cooking is going to be a challenge this week too, I can just tell.
I did absolutely nothing on Saturday to bring this rib slippage/pain on. I went to bed relatively OK and woke up broken. WTF?! Might have something to do with my period which I had this weekend, as hormones adversely affect ligament laxity and everything becomes more stretchy. Oh well, at least my life is never dull.