No One Would Listen To Teen's Cry For Help Until Doctors Finally Discover Bizarre Source Of Pain
Marilyn Caylor 4/17/2018
Hayley took her first swimming lesson when she was 18 months old, and like most kids, she immediately fell in love with all the splish-splashy fun. When she got older, the 16-year-old took up competitive swimming, but her promising career was cut short by a mysterious pain in her left side, near her ribs.
When someone cries out for help, most people make it a point to pay attention. However in Hayley's case, doctors not only ignored her distress, they even claimed that she was lying about it to get attention. It wasn't until a year later that a smart doctor finally figured out the source of Hayley's troubles, and guess what - it's just as weird as it sounds!
Initially the sharp, shooting sensations would come and go whenever the teen practiced her swim strokes in the water. But, just like labor pains, they started to come closer and closer together. Hayley's parents, Beth and Brian, took her to see a doctor, but the only advice the woman had for the teen was to stop overtraining.
Rest didn't solve anything, and poor Hayley had to give up competitive swimming because it hurt every time she lifted up her arm. She couldn't even do simple tasks like blow dry her hair or carry her backpack. Then one day when Hayley went for a walk with her dad, she suddenly stopped in her tracks. Her sides hurt so much that she could hardly breathe!
Over the course of a year, poor Hayley was bounced around from doctor to doctor, and the only thing she got out of it was one misdiagnosis after another. It was hard for Beth and Brian to watch their child suffer, and they thought that surely someone must be able to figure out what was wrong!
The family hit the jackpot when they finally found a doctor who believed that what Hayley was experiencing was very real. It also turns out that what she had wasn't all that rare, but it's still something that many people have never heard about.
The organs on the left side of the body includes the pancreas, spleen, stomach, left kidney, and left lung. Internal injury or inflammation to any of these can cause pain to radiate in and around the rib-cage.
But, Hayley had none of these. When mom Beth Googled "slipping rib syndrome" it was as if Hayley's name could have been inserted right into the medical literature. It happens when the ribs disconnect from their usual position and move around.
Slipping rib syndrome isn't well understood, and any number of things can cause it, such as an injury to the area. Unlike a dislocated shoulder, the ribs can't just be popped back into place. In severe cases like Hayley's, the cartilage that is floating around has to be surgically removed.
It was only after the offending pieces were taken out that Dr. Lisa McMahon, who has suffered from slipping rib syndrome herself, realized the true extent of Hayley's year-long pain. The ribs had moved around so much that the ends were polished smooth.
Watch this video to find out more about the source of Hayley's mysterious pain.