Hello Oliver3.....chirpy, but also a TWIT (yes, I figured that out rather easily....my husband is one as was my mother).
I had/have kyphoscolios found as a child when I really couldn't sit up, and was treated with many casts and braces all through my growing years until my father passed away when I was 14. I always thought said ks had something to do with my later problems....but where is proof when you need it? I also have severe lordosis. I'll say that I consider myself fortunate that everyone in my family considered me as normal and expected miles of walking, helping with housework (a very large family and I was oldest) and I think those things strengthened my mind and muscles for the years ahead.
I'll not go on about it....but I was later diagnosed with Syringomyelia and Arnold-Chiari Syndrome. Each was considered a separate syndrome and I had a separate surgery (failure) for SM and later had ACM Surgery which also helped with the control of my SM. The pain, though.....was truly horrible.
I was diagnosed fairly soon after with FM and yes, the ribs in the front are easily displace, and you're right...they are painful. Ice is my greatest friend in this fight and I'm glad that Ace bandage has made my life so much easier.
Yes, allergies are 12 mos. of the year now.....I can't walk in the way I used to (outside, I mean) and life has become more and more closed off. I should also mention that I'm in my mid-70's and have had 6 stents in the past 15 mos., autoimmune encephalitis and two different types of seizures (epilepsy). I'll be on meds for them and the high cholesterol and high BP I've developed in older age. I went from extremely low to high after an early menopause....have you heard of that before?
No real complaints, believe it or not. Once the anxiety and depression were taken care of I quickly resorted to my usual behavior. I'm happy and content with life and while good health would have been a major plus, it never really happened to me (us) b/c others are always affected, too. My children and grandchildren appear to me unaffected, at this point, at least.
I realize that other people have problems, some worse than mine, and I do as much as I can to help. I hope that we'll have some help for the younger ones as they come along...help soon for them. Yours, Lenora.