Any RJ memebers have pectus excavatum or pectus carinatum?

  • sportsdude12

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    Jul 19, 2010 1:38 AM GMT
    I'm just curious to see how many RJ members have had either chest deformity. I had both conditions and it was pretty severe. Basically, my sternum was in the shape of an "S" I was embarrassed to take off my shirt in public especially while I was swimming. I swam a lot with my shirt on..haha...I had surgery in middle school and my chest looks pretty good. I got into weight training because I wanted to build up my chest and I didn't want to be the 115lb guy anymore. I will try to find pictures of what I looked like before my surgery.
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    Jul 19, 2010 5:04 AM GMT
    That's crazy man. But good to know that after surgery you've got your confidence back. icon_smile.gif

    I always wondered about my ex.. his chest had this really boyish look, because it dipped so low in the middle. His chest was very underdeveloped. I think he might have had a mild case of Pectus Excavatum, and was just embarrassed about it so he would explain away the back pain he always complained about by saying he had some sort of spine problem that he would never name.
  • sportsdude12

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    Jul 19, 2010 7:45 AM GMT
    Thanks dudeicon_biggrin.gif. Yeah, I did get some of my confidence back after my surgery. Sometimes I still feel self-conscious about my chest. I guess it goes back to my childhood when I was really self-conscious.

    It does sound like your ex had a mild form of Pectus Excavatum. I would definitely understand as to why he was embarrassed. I did not want anyone to see my chest. My chest did dip in the middle as well but also protruded outward at the top and bottom of my chest. When I played basketball after my surgery, I would always want to be on the shirts team instead of the skins team because I didn't want to show off my scar..haha...I did end up on the skins team a couple of times and I did receive some weird looks as I had this big scar going across my chest. I had to explain to them what happened. You can't really see the scar now that I have hair on my chest and my chest is more defined.
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    Jul 19, 2010 8:13 AM GMT
    Yup! my chest is deformed as well. But with a lot of working out and endless effort, i'm starting to see results icon_smile.gif
  • sportsdude12

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    Jul 19, 2010 8:17 AM GMT
    Congrats on your hard work paying off! icon_smile.gif I wish you continued success and I hope you achieve your goal.
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    Jul 19, 2010 8:22 AM GMT
    Yoooo,
    my face just lit up when i saw this forum...i thought i would never find someone who knew what pectus excavatum was, let alone experience it. But I had PE and had surgery for it when i was 16, and had the bar taken out 2 yrs later when i was 18. Crazy experience, lots of pain, and lots of looking in the mirror. A year later, I'm working my ass off trying to fill in the rest of my chest. Like you, I was self conscious about it when i was younger, now im not so much. The only thing that bothers me now, post surgery, is that i can still notice, on my left side through the mirror, my rib cage slightly poking out, whereas my right side is normal. Im worried ill never be able to build muscle in that spot.
  • Sparkycat

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    Jul 19, 2010 8:25 AM GMT
    I checked out your pics. You look great now. It doesn't appear there was ever anything wrong.
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    Jul 19, 2010 8:38 AM GMT
    I agree with Sparkycat -- your chest looks awesome now! I don't know if this is the same condition, but the left side of my rib cage is sunken in a bit. It was quite noticeable when I was in junior high and high school, so I rarely took my shirt off in front of other people. Once I got in college and built up my pecs it wasn't that noticeable any more -- and I could proudly take off my shirt icon_cool.gif
  • sportsdude12

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    Jul 19, 2010 8:42 AM GMT
    scar05: you had a bar put in your chest? Wow...that's crazy. I didn't have a bar put in my chest. The doctor had to cut up my sternum in like 8 different places to get it to look good. Also, he removed some of my cartilage which kind of sucks because I am now more prone to getting muscle strains in my chest when I'm lifting heavier weight. I still feel my rib cage poke out a little bit at the top of my chest. It's not as noticeable. I do have a scar on my side where my doctor had to put in a chest tube after my surgery when my lungs were filling up with fluid. My doctor couldn't give me any morphine because my oxygen saturation was too low. It was freaky hearing a loud pop as the chest tube was going in. Don't worry about your rib cage slightly poking out. I'm sure that your chest will look great as you continue to build up your muscle.


    Sparkycat: Thanks for your kind words icon_smile.gif I'm happy with the work my doctor did in fixing my chest.
  • sportsdude12

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    Jul 19, 2010 8:51 AM GMT
    Thank you, Fit_dude. Your chest looks great! I don't know if you have a mild case of pectus excavatum because I thought the deformity only happened in the middle of the chest. I could be wrong. I see nothing wrong with your chest now. icon_smile.gif
  • mtneerman

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    Jul 19, 2010 8:54 AM GMT
    damn. i have never heard of anyone else having this. i had mild pectus carinatum as a teen. i did everything i could to keep from taking my shirt off in front of anyone. my dr called it pigeon breast and he must not have been aware, or there was no treatment back in the 80's. it stayed with me well into my 20's when i first started working out. eventually my pecs were big enough to help hide, and strong enough to help correct it. if i go too long without working out tho, i can literally feel my sternum popping back out. i also have asthma which commonly accompanies this condition which, unfortunately, i have to this day.
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    Jul 19, 2010 8:57 AM GMT
    I'm pretty sure I have it. My friends just call it my hole and like poking it through my shirt (some dirty innuendos obviously icon_razz.gif) It is not too severe though and actually makes me look like i have decent pecs from some angles icon_lol.gif The left side of my ribcage is also flared, but I've gained a little stomach fat so it isn't too noticeable icon_confused.gif. When I was little, I thought I could "bend" it back into place by lying on my stomach and expanding my chest haha. I actually never knew there was a name/medical condition for this until this past year...
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    Jul 19, 2010 9:02 AM GMT
    sportsdude12 saidThank you, Fit_dude. Your chest looks great! I don't know if you have a mild case of pectus excavatum because I thought the deformity only happened in the middle of the chest. I could be wrong. I see nothing wrong with your chest now. icon_smile.gif

    You're quite welcome. And thank you! I;m hyper sensitive about my chest because it looked so bad until I was a junior in college. My mom [a nurse] always called it a "rib cage deformity" or "chest deformity", so it's probably not the same thing icon_smile.gif
  • sportsdude12

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    Jul 19, 2010 9:03 AM GMT
    Your pecs are awesome, mtneerman!

    That sucks your doctor couldn't fix it when you were a teenager. I think I would have had a lot of health problems if I didn't have the surgery. After running some tests before my surgery, the doctor told me I had a mild case of asthma which caught me off guard.
  • mtneerman

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    Jul 19, 2010 9:11 AM GMT
    sportsdude12 saidYour pecs are awesome, mtneerman!

    That sucks your doctor couldn't fix it when you were a teenager. I think I would have had a lot of health problems if I didn't have the surgery. After running some tests before my surgery, the doctor told me I had a mild case of asthma which caught me off guard.


    thanks man. because of the memories i still have issues with taking my shirt off in public, nothing compared to when i was younger tho. flyes became my best friend, i still do them twice a week.
  • sportsdude12

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    Jul 19, 2010 9:17 AM GMT
    semaj562: It does sound like you have it. My doctor did tell me that there are a lot of people who have this condition that are happy with the way they look and choose not to have surgery. If you are happy with the way your chest looks, then you shouldn't need to change it. I really hope I can find pictures of my chest b4 my surgery just to let you see how bad my chest was. I will ask my mom if she has any pictures.
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    Jul 19, 2010 1:24 PM GMT
    My ribs point out like half an inch on one side, and i've never known what caused it. could it be that, or is it likely something else? Ive had it since I can remember. Its the ribs just under my chest, it's not that noticeable though.
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    Jan 02, 2011 7:16 AM GMT
    I'm really happy to see this forum here. I, too, suffer from PE... Unfortunately, I was not so lucky in the sense that I did have surgery (back in 2001), but my doctor was horrible and it's still not fixed.

    Not lookin' for pity here, but it's really rough getting the motivation to work out, knowing that my chest won't look "normal" like everyone else's.

    Guys suffering from PE... do you know of any specific workouts/exercises/streching to help improve the appearance of the chest and/or improve posture? Also, any workouts that can make the 'funnel chest' appear worse and should be avoided?
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    Jan 02, 2011 7:36 AM GMT
    I think you've just made a lot of people's day! It kinda nice to know that we're not alone! I have PE, and i have almost a hole in my chest and it is very underdeveloped, i REFUSE to take my shirt off in public places where there is more than just a few people, My left collarbone is also slightly deformed and sits around 1 inch higher than my right side, so it adds to the problem, Most people don't really understand how much it can affect someone!

    Glad to see this thread! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 02, 2011 11:35 AM GMT
    As a teen and in my early to mid 20's the right side of my sternum towards the top protruded quite noticeably and I was very concious and embarassed about it as well to the point that I feared ever having to take my shirt off in PE or at the beach etc. Even if I wore a t-shirt you could see this lump protruding in the center. I would do just about anything to avoid those situations. It's probably the deciding factor in why I gave the weightlifting a go in the first place and it worked. As my chest/pecs developed either it vanished or it's covered up completely now and I have absolutely no problem taking my shirt off in front of anyone anymore.
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    Mar 31, 2011 10:35 PM GMT
    Its nice to know that I'm not the only one that has this. I used to hate taking my shirt off. My cousin used to say i was fat because my bottom ribs poked out and made my stomach stick out, but I've always been really thin. After I started working out it looks a little better, and I don't mind taking my shirt off at pools, beaches, locker rooms, etc. anymore. Though, my chest looks smaller than it would be if I didn't have PE. Oh well, I'll just have to work harder on getting bigger pecs. I don't think I have it bad enough where I need to get surgery, though.