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Conditions

Funnel Chest

Funnel Chest

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This condition is variously known as cobbler’s chest, sunken chest or pectus excavatum. It is caused when several ribs grow abnormally, leaving the chest to cave in. Although some may see this as a purely cosmetic issue, it can cause pain in the chest and the back as well as impairing cardiac and respiratory function. Although it’s cause is not fully understood, there is evidence of a genetic connection. Treatment can include surgery through the Ravitch or Nuss techniques, as well as the insertion of a vacuum bell to correct the abnormality.

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Hi,am a pectus excavatum victim also. I found this website explaning how to fix it without surgery http://pectusexcavatuminfo.com/ Could be worth cheking i started the exercises and i see improvement





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Just to let people know, I'm getting the Nuss procedure done in July, and the surgeon said that the NHS is dropping the nuss procedure, I'm not sure about the ravitch procedure. But he said that it would cost £9000 if I had wanted to get it done next year. So anyone considering getting it done, consider quicker.





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Hi, I'm a 20yr old male who has PE. I've only had PE since adolescence. I don't seem to have any symptoms that are worrying but I feel extremely self-conscious about it every day. I also worry that people can see it through my shirt from the strange shape. I try to think that no one looks that closely or would even care, but it doesn't make me feel much better about myself. I avoid taking my shirt off in public. I guess I just wish I was normal but obviously I will just have to live with it. It's nowhere near as bad as other conditions people have. I'm sharing this so that for other people who have PE and are reading this, know that there are other people out there just like them and dealing with the same problem. Hope this helps just like the other comments helped me.





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I'm 14 and have PE. It's even harder as a teen because everyone has the 'Perfect Body' and I'm stuck with a dent in my chest. But anyone reading this and in the same position as me; Posture helps, take your top off and look in a mirror standing like you normally would (slouched) Then stand straight in a 'Military' Like posture, it improves the appearance a bit. Also breathing exercises, Push-ups and anything to work Upper Boday strength helps a LOT! Just DONT DO MORE THAN 10 MINUTES OF WORK OUT TIME FOR YOUR PE! IT CAN LEAD IT TO CAUSE YOU PAIN AND MAYBE EVEN SINK DEEPER!

How do i get rid of this sunken chest problem as my doctor said it isn't bad but I think it Is as don't k ow where I would need to get it sorted





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Hello! My boyfriend has this and it doesn't bother me at all - I love how he looks. I know the first time we were together he was a bit self conscious about it but then I was self conscious about things too that he probably never noticed! There is no right way for a body to look - we all have little differences. Xxx





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y at they age of 30 + y dont i have hair on my chesr





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Hi Just wanted to start by saying how positive and lovely your comment is Deb! I have PE and have done since birth. I am 26 years old. I had corrective surgery in 2011 with the NHS (ravitch procedure) which was very extreme for someone who has never been in hospital! I was in for 8 days and the surgery did not correct the deformity. I still have a very sunken chest (the specialist who performed my surgery said my PE is one of the worst he has seen) but the surgery helped considerably with flared ribs which I had quite bad on my left side. I had a titanium bar in my chest for 2 years which had to be removed due to snapping!! (There were no side effects of this and it was nothing to be concerned about apparently but needed to be removed). The surgeon who performed the surgery was fantastic and a very down to earth man. He was honest about my expectations and told me from the get go that this would not 'cure' me. I am grateful I was given the opportunity to try the corrective surgery but I am not sure I would go through it again in hindsight. The changes were more significant straight after surgery and it seems my chest has sunk back a lot and is virtually back to how it was (minus the less flared ribs). What I will say is that the deformity caused me a lot of psychological stress as a teen. My parents knew very little about the condition and gave me the usual 'there's nothing wrong with you, That's normal' pep talks whenever I asked about it. Through my own research, I eventually found out what the condition was at the age of 14 and felt self conscious growing up as a teen. It's hard enough being a teenager without an obvious deformity which is hard to disguise in changing rooms during PE at school. Having said this, my advice to parents of those with PE is to reinforce that the condition doesn't mould a person. Although it may be difficult to accept and it can feel hard to love your shape, there really are so many people with worse conditions out there. Try to reinforce the idea that other people don't notice the condition (this is true, a lot of the time I was so self conscious and when I pointed it out to people, they would say quite honestly that they hadn't even realised until it was pointed out to them). Try to encourage them to be confident in their uniqueness and to not feel underconfident- we are different, unique and we should not feel ashamed. It's wonderful to hear other peoples' comments on how they deal with PE. I still feel self conscious at times now but have to remind myself that there are more important things in life. So what if I don't look as nice in a bikini as your average female... I have my health which I am grateful for and I can balance a coke can in my chest while relaxing in said bikini lol! Much love to other PE sufferers.





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if a person has pigeon chest ,is he/she medically fit or not? reply





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Hello,,, I'm 40 and suffer from PE! Growing up nobody really made fun of me but always asked what happened?? I always avoided taking off my shirt in public. Best thing that happened to me was having kids... They want me to get into the pool with them and i don't have a choice but to take off my shirt and go. It's helped my self confidence bc now i don't really care... The older i get i realized people have more problems than a sunken chest,, trust me.. To minimize being stared at,,, lift arms and shoulders and upper chest and stretch out your arms for about 2 minutes a day. it can only help....





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Hi im a mother of 5 year old boy has this rfunnel chest since 4 month old and he grew up till now like a normal babies like he sister that dont have a funnel chest and he is bother at all what happen or questioning about her chest until he is on kindergarten there having checked up ther and the doctor says he has this …then now im ttying to convince he is normal and nothing to worry about but now me now had a litlle worry because its now summer and they had a pooltime now in kindergarten this season im worrying about the physical appearance may be the other kid has to be curious and start questioning about his chest what should he say alwahould i advice him so that everytime that their asked my son he would not hurt and hate her body i dont want him to feel he is sick idony him to feel hurt and disapointed plsss can some one advice me what to do and what to explain about his chest …thank u for reading and sorry to my english grammar and thank you to all in advance who can comment or advice me thank you and god bless us all





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Hi. I just read ur question and thought I should say something.I am 35yr old male and I have what ur son has.my chest sinks in and my whole life I have been embarrassed by this to where I have never been to the beach or pools around people with my shirt off..it really sucks.even though I never had any pains or feel uncomfortable. I am still very embarrassed by it.I wish I had got the surgery to fix the looks.I met Someone else awhile back who had this too,& he said he was not embarrassed so it obviously effects people different. But for me, I hate not feeling comfortable enough to go to a beach or pool or around the opposite sex.so this might play a big role in his life or not.but I say to you.why take that chance?? Hope I was of sum help.


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