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Rib tightness after a stroke

Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases | Last Active: Sep 6 9:04am | Replies (7)

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Thank you for contacting me, yes, bring in anyone that might be able to help. My neurologist says that it's my nerves going crazy I guess since they are connected to the part of my brain that is dead. He at first put me on some meds for anti siezure…it had some bad effects on me so then he wrote me a prescription for lyrica but I am afraid to try it now. I think that exercise tightens it up even more. Sometimes the tightening moves from top of ribs to right above my left leg. I can take that better than when it feels like I have a boa constrictor around my rib cage. I can take the tightening on my leg and feet and arm but the ribs and hand are the worse. The physical therapist just gave me a stretch. Both Nerologist and P.T. said it is not my muscles but that is hard for me to believe. Diazapam helps some but you can't get that easily and you can't take it in the day time without being drowsy. I've heard that it could take up to 6 months to a year and if I don't get feeling back in 2 years I won't get it back.

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Hello nanna,
I see it has been over 2 years since you left this message here? Did you tightness in you ribs go away, and if so, how long did it take?

I suffered a ischemic stroke in the Thalamus on January 13 three hours after ACDF surgery in the hospital bed. I had P. T. For six months before they gave up. No meds Baclefen, Tizanidine, Gabapentin, Valium have helped. Still experiencing contractures on whole right side including my ribs. Don't give up.