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, I have an extra left rib and if I sit in certain positions

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hi,
I have an extra left rib and if I sit in certain positions I find it really effects my breathing and my ability to raise my rib cage to breathe properly...not nice.Particularly bad if I sleep the wrong way.end up feeling I cannot breathe.
I gradually feel better as I sit with my body posture up straight and back.
Would so like to stop all this.
Thankyou for any help you can give me
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 years ago.
Hello
First you would see a physical medicine doctor, a type of MD
If physical approach and manual medicine do not help this, the only way to change it is with surgery.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

What do you mean by physical approach and manual medicine and what does surgery involve.Most importantly,are the symptoms i have directly related to the extra rib?

thanks

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 years ago.
How do you know it is an extra rib?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi,I had had a very serious flu and they said it had damaged the lining of my Trachea.I was sent for a full body scan and they found the extra rib.This was 2001 and I have managed this condition ever since,but it is very debilitating.

so hope you can help!

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 years ago.
Your symptoms can be from the ridge, or from a posture problem, a spine problem, muscle strain, etc.
Lung problems and heart problems should be ruled out.
A PM&R doctor, physical medicine and rehabilitation, is a medical doctor, specializing in manual fixes for such problems.
Surgery would, in some cases, remove the extra rib. But this is to be avoided if possible.
The PM&R doc can help decide that.
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