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Calcification of Cartilage
Question: About 2 months ago I started getting pains on and behind my
ribcage(lower left). These pains have gotten progressively
worse during this time. What my doctor has said (after x-ray
and bone scan) is my cartilage is calcifying and is somewhat
detached from my lower ribs. This is very painful. I now take
Hydrocodone periodically for the pain which works well, but I
was wondering if this is a condition I will have to weather for
rest of my life? Can something be done to alleviate the condition?
If this is not correctable what are the long term cons of using
Hydrocodone? I have tried other anti inflammatories and pain relievers,
but none seem to work as well. Please help me get to the bottom
of this. I could use some relief (or some answers). I'm 26 years
old. This seems odd for someone my age.
Answer: It sounds like you have had some trauma which dislocated the rib cartilage. Possibly seeing a Pain Specialist for a nerve block would remove the necessity for narcotics.
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