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Rib tightness after a stroke

Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases | Last Active: Mar 13, 2023 | Replies (10)

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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.

I understand being scared. I was born with epileptic conditions and they keep being shocked that I'm alive. But I know things can be scary. I thought I was just having seizures when I had a stroke. And I didn't tell anyone about it for 4 months. Because I was scared and have had an endless cycle of meds and drs my whole life. I'm 33 and the whole right side of my body is numb now. Talk to your drs, take the proper meds and maybe do some things to relax. They are trying to help do what they can to keep you alive. Work on things at your own pace. Do things that relax you because you still can!