Brief Medical History Overview
Inflamed nerve - elevated first rib - what to do?
I'm in a lot of pain and hope someone might be able to give me some pointers as to what to do. Sorry this is long - I didn't want to leave out anything important.
I have a long-term problem for which I've been seeing a physio. He's on holiday at the moment and it's flared up very badly, in a slightly new way which I don't know how to deal with.
I was first treated for whiplash and related postural issues. I then started having trouble with an elevated first rib, inflamed nerve, and pain spreading from my neck and shoulder down my arm to my hand and wrist. A lot of this comes from working at the computer, but I do have the best ergonomic set-up I could get.
I last saw my physio earlier this week and the problem was again the first rib, but also another point in the middle of my chest, about 3 or 4 inches down from my collarbone. I think it was something to do with more inflamed nerves and a twisted ribcage. The shoulder and arm trouble is on the left but my ribcage was up on the right of my back.
Apparently I'm hypermobile. Everything tends to move out of place too easily.
My shoulder now feels as though it's not sitting quite right, and as though it'll dislocate at the least thing. My upper chest feels tight. I can't sit or lie or move without a lot of pain and I can't sleep. Painkillers only begin to touch it.
I've been using a heat pack but don't know whether this could make it worse. Should I use ice instead?
I'm not on any medication and have no illnesses.
Are there any exercises that might help?
Should I finally go to the doctor about this?
Basically, any help would be very, very much appreciated.
Thanks for your time!