I Have Pectus Carinatum

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 403 People

    I am a 18 y/o male with PC.

    I was diagnosed with the condition around 5 years ago. For several years I wore a brace, and it was a grueling experience physically and emotionally. The pain I experienced at times was unbearable. Even worse were the looks I got. I felt like a freak in public every time I put...
    nordf150 nordf150
    18-21, M
    4 Responses Mar 6, 2015

    im 34 and have had this issue ever

    since I can remember as well. When i got older, wearing bra's hurt and would cause bruising under my left chest, closer to the center of my bod. right where the ribs meet. I first heard what it was from my doctor when I was 19. I recommend using sport bras or very comfy ones...
    shamzy1 shamzy1
    36-40, F
    Nov 2, 2015

    Surgery? Ill Take a Metal Brace For Two Years Instead [UPDATED 2013]

     I can't quite pin a date on when I realized I had pectus carinatum.  It all started with the comments.  Most of the people try to be polite, and I don't blame them.  You can't be angry at a person for their curiosity.  This last school year (sophomore in high school btw...
    ModicumOfOdium ModicumOfOdium
    21 Responses Jul 17, 2009

    My Son Has This

    My son is 12 I just noticed that he has this, I am making him an appointment in Norfolk VA at a specialist to see what they say they can do.. I hear that the brace costs around 2500.00 and must be worn for 2 years. Consult around 500.00. I hear insurance doesn't cover this. I...
    dmoon dmoon
    6 Responses Jul 27, 2010

    I Have Had Pectus Carinatum

    since I Was Born AND I was always made fun of my entire life I couldn't take my shirt off at the swimming pool I couldn't do anything at the gym when I was living in Illinois the doctor told me I was caught a bird chest, ,you wouldn't believe how embarrassing it was tell people...
    TnHollywood TnHollywood
    36-40, M
    3 Responses Feb 28, 2015

    Having never braced or taken action against my

    PC (other than just try and gain chest muscle to mask it), I am wanting just some advice as to how any of you get through your days with it. It's on my mind all the time and it's rankling. My mother tells me when I finally fall in love, my partner will love all of me especially...
    jacobsi jacobsi
    18-21, M
    3 Responses Mar 18, 2015

    I'm currently 21 from Australia I've had severe

    PC and scoliosis for as long as I can remember high school was a nightmare for me I remember never being able to go swimming or change in the locker rooms I just want a normal chest I feel tired, stressed, depressed and anxious a lot of the time and I don't know how much more I...
    bwalsh123 bwalsh123
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Jul 4, 2015

    My Story Again :)

    Well it started when I was 5 years old a large bump was on my chest that i knew was not normal. My mom told me it was because when i was little i had a seizure the doctors pushed on me too hard. That it caused it. I was not embarrassed it was little and i was a kid. Until i was 8...
    skatergurl10167818 skatergurl10167818
    13-15, F
    1 Response Jun 20, 2012


    I am a 34 year old male with Pectus Carinatum. Actually my brother and I both have it. It is good to see a site like this where people can share stories like this. I read several of your stories and I see so many similarities in what we have gone through....As for my PC it is...
    deleted deleted
    Mar 24, 2010

    FYI, im that ivandrago guy.

    i just decided to create a new account because my posts were stupid and no, i'm not going to get the surgery (i thought it was free). Nevertheless, i did play basketball with my friend and a bunch of other people about 3 weeks ago and took my shirt off for a couple games...
    archmage2836 archmage2836
    18-21, M
    1 Response Jul 13, 2015

    I'm 19, Gay, And Have Pc Haha

    I never really noticed anything different about my chest until high school. I have always been skinny but never noticed a 'protruding sternum'. Getting dressed in the locker room wasn't something I dreaded but I knew what was going on with my chest, I knew it wasn't normal, and I...
    mattdogg mattdogg
    4 Responses Apr 26, 2011

    Well, This Was Unexpected

    Hello, my name is Jake, i'm 16 years old, and just yesterday I found out I have pectus carinatum (1/11/12). Its a little funny how things work sometimes, I came to see the doctor because of a sore throat and sinus pressure, but the doctor this time had a doctor in training with...
    jrs2121 jrs2121
    9 Responses Jan 12, 2012

    Pectus Carinatum

    I'm 15 and have PC, I started noticing it when I was around 12-13 - during puberty like many others. It's led me to have self esteem issue but nothing too major. I have this thing though, where in school around other people I try to hide it by flexing my stomach, pushing my...
    Harrison9728 Harrison9728
    13-15, M
    4 Responses Nov 12, 2012
    That0ne That0ne
    18-21, M
    1 Response Jul 15, 2015

    This is my first time on this website

    and I would just like the share my experience. I first went to the doctor for the "bump" on my chest and they had referred me to a specialist in the area. Once we had gone there he told me I had pectus carinatum or the protrusion of your chest of sorts. This was all almost 2 or...
    Mattdog245 Mattdog245
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Jun 4, 2015

    Pectus Carinatum Brace- My Story

    I was going into third grade when my dad picked me up to throw me in the pool in Disney World when he felt a bump on my chest. When we got home I went to the doctor. She had no idea what was wrong with me. She had never seen it before. She order x-rays and sent me on my way. I...
    Lynnpc Lynnpc
    13-15, F
    1 Response Jul 22, 2012

    Now a days no more experience stories from you

    guys.Share it might be helpful to others...
    thapas619 thapas619
    22-25, M
    Sep 13, 2015

    does having this deformity hinder you in looking

    for a job or worst landing on a job you want to apply?
    crushingnails crushingnails
    1 Response Mar 30, 2016

    I am 13 and always noticed a bump on my chest,

    but thought it was nothing. I asked the doctor about it and she said I have pectus carinatum. I've had a brace for about 6 months and I hate it, though the doctor said I am making good progress. It's really tight and painful and I get covered in heat rash when it's hot out. It's...
    cccaaammmiii cccaaammmiii
    16-17, F
    1 Response Feb 16, 2016

    Looking Back, It Was Hell.

    My sternum started to protrude oddly around age 10.  My parents just kept saying it was because I was skinny, and that my grandfather had it.  Well, I'd seen my grandpa shirtless and it was nothing like my condition.  It worsened as I grew taller and leaner. ...
    astrojet astrojet
    4 Responses May 9, 2009

    My Experience Through Pectus Carinatum Surgery.

    Hi my names bryan, Im 19, a male, and I still have pectus carinatum. I had to write a paper for school and used this as the topic so i thought i might as well post here. Surgical correction of Pectus Carinatum has become more common as medical advances increase. There are many...
    bryanF13 bryanF13
    18-21, M
    8 Responses Aug 16, 2012

    My Pectus Carinatum Story

    I have Pectus Carinatum from the age of 12. I wear the orthosis and I hope to correct my chest and everything will be fine. I have friends and family who support me and I'm happy with my body.I think that we should not allow ourselves to Pectus direct our lives, I think we should...
    sumertimesednesss sumertimesednesss
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Sep 27, 2013

    PC For 12 Years...And Then Surgery

    Hi Everyone So my story begins at the age of 12 when I noticed a big bump in the middle of my chest. What made things worse was that I was a competitive swimmer for most of my teens so the stares, sneers and nasty remarks about my chest really made me super self conscious, low...
    Gizelle101 Gizelle101
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Sep 28, 2013

    Me, Pectus Carinatum,einstein And The Masterplan

    About 3 months ago I found experience project and write a story about how badly pectus carinatum is affecting my life, that words came from my heart. Since then I may a pact with myself and I also  read the biography of the most beautiful mind that ever existed: Albert Einstein...
    kyleButler kyleButler
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Mar 10, 2011

    I Am Fifteen Years Old And I Have No Doubt In

    My Mind That I Have Pectus Carinatum, I Am Currently Self Cautious Only For That Small "Disability" As Most Would Call. I Am No Longer Depressed Due To The Fact That I Have Been Gifted With More Than I Can Ask For. Although This Does Hold Me Back A Lot, This Saturday I Am Going...
    ihatemypclife ihatemypclife
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Jul 29, 2014
    EJurechko55 EJurechko55
    22-25, M
    Aug 11, 2015

    Hi my son is 15 and has PC he is a swimmer.

    Our story begins about 1 yr ago when I took him to our family dr and asked him if he could look at his chest and make sure he was ok. He took ex rays and said he's fine and that its normal just the way he is built!!! My son walks around the pool deck now with bad posture while...
    jujubeans46 jujubeans46
    46-50, F
    1 Response Aug 23, 2015

    Non-surgical Options

    Being a person with diagnosed pectus carinatum means I have been pushed from pillar to post tryinging to find solutions, constantly reaching dead ends where people would essentially tell me that my problem was that 'I needed to get over it'. It was a painful couple of years, and...
    Person123x Person123x
    2 Responses Oct 10, 2012

    hello beautiful woman (and yes,

    men too!) , and yes i mean this...beautiful. so guess what? i just turned 30 exactly a week ago, and only tonight...seriously for my FIRST time ever, i googled 'protruding breast bone' b/c that's what i've known myself to be up until now. while i didn't guess i was the only...
    AlreadyHealed6 AlreadyHealed6
    31-35, F
    Jun 1, 2015

    Not-So Popular Deformity.

    The fact that NO ONE has said that they have Pectus Carinatum on this site, really amazes me. It just shows me really how much different I really was. I Have Pectus Carinatum. What is it, you ask? Well in many cases it is where the sternum bone comes to a point instead of...
    flashpolaroid flashpolaroid
    18-21, F
    20 Responses Mar 13, 2008

    38 With Pectus Carinatum

    I am 38 years old and have had pectus carinatum since I was 12 or 13. I have only now recently begun to search about this and look at having it corrected after all these years. It is good to know there is a forum to share about this topic with others who have pc.
    Turk74 Turk74
    1 Response Feb 23, 2012

    I just recently had the surgery done

    and I can't sit up straight or put my shoulders back because it hurts. the doctor said that I need to otherwise I will be hunched over and I will not be able to use my arms the rest of my life. the exercises don't really help my arms much one of the doctors gave out so I was...
    emmabutler12 emmabutler12
    16-17, F
    4 Responses Jul 5, 2015

    Teen With Pectus Carinatum

    Okay i am 16 right now and i have had PC since i was like 12 (7th grade). This has seriously affected my self esteem and confidence and is one reason Why i dislike myself. This has prevented me from getting close to people and has made me deeply insecure about myself. Everyone at...
    Bvbestk Bvbestk
    3 Responses Feb 26, 2011

    My Pectus Carinatum Story

    I am 17 and I have pectus carinatum. I have always been small breasted and I noticed that my chest was diffrent than other kids at about age 11. I have always gone through acceptance and hatred for it. There for a while I thought I was the only one, and it really made me self...
    proudofme proudofme
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Feb 12, 2012

    Hi, I'm 19, female, and have had PC

    for as long as I can remember. It started out mild but is now severe. I did try bracing when I was 15ish but stopped because I had to have other unrelated surgeries and wearing the brace just wasn't in the question anymore. I recently had spinal fusion surgery to correct my...
    user5443 user5443
    1 Response Sep 24, 2015

    Female Pectus Carinatum

    Im currently 17 years old and i have Pectus Carinatum, and unlike many of the other stories i read, i am a female. First off i would like to say that im glad i found this, it makes me feel not so alone knowing that people out there have the same problem. In my case it is my...
    cupcakesuicide cupcakesuicide
    18-21, F
    14 Responses Oct 10, 2010

    I am going to get the surgery.

    I got diagnosed with the condition at age 14. It just hit me like a train, i couldn't react. Shortly after my severe form of Pectus Carinatum hit me, my dream of playing for the Varsity high school basketball team got crushed. That wasn't going to happen. And i basically...
    ivandrago15 ivandrago15
    18-21, M
    3 Responses Apr 9, 2015

    I'm 37 yrs old an never really knew what I had

    besides a chest deformity an was always very self conscience,never took my shirt off all ways weird at beach or pool .I played sports in high school an was really good all state soccer.my parents always told me it was alway there but I couldn't remember it till around 11-12. I...
    cstamp cstamp
    36-40, M
    Feb 23, 2016

    hello good peoples Around here,

    I am 23 year male from Nepal.I am here to share my experience.must intresting thing is I knew this thing has a name just a months ago.My parents knew that I have a pc when I was child,they believe that it's a sign of luck at that time.its not a problem for me as kid but it...
    thapas619 thapas619
    22-25, M
    1 Response Aug 11, 2015

    No, I haven´t, I have no time,

    and I have other goals. Being seek you are on negative side of life. When I "recover" I saw than I"m away with everything: I screw up study, waste lot of time. Now I have some target to achieve and get gf is not on the top.
    maxymilian88 maxymilian88
    26-30, M
    Mar 3, 2015

    Life Living In Own Hell....

    Well it took me a while to decide to write this, but now i can't even say reason why i am doing it all. I have Pectus Carinatum whole my life and it's my biggest problem. I am 21 years old going in univercity living ordinary life in everybody's eyes. But inside me i am living my...
    Coldreaver Coldreaver
    22-25, M
    50 Responses May 25, 2008

    This is my story. It doesn't apply to anybody

    else and you will only understand if you are going through the same thing. I read a story about pectus carinatum not so long ago, and it was so true it made me cry. Yes, my chest malformation makes me cry. As a young woman, now 16 years old, I find it very hard to be a part of...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Feb 20, 2016

    I was just recently given the name of what I

    have always joked about. Calling it pegion chested. I had no idea until a couple of weeks ago that it was a real condition and had a name. After telling my mother what my Dr said. She informed me that when I was a baby they told her about it but said I would out grow it. I am...
    fondafentress fondafentress
    Nov 11, 2015

    The physical struggle isn't nearly

    as bad as the psychological. I know the feelings of pc since I must've had it for most of my life but none of the doctors would ever properly diagnose me. So by the time I got the brace I was 18 and my cartilage had turned to bone. My last post here six years ago I was very...
    Dziamond Dziamond
    26-30, M
    1 Response Feb 23, 2016

    22 year old female with severe PC.

    I'm having a very hard time dealing. I'm very uncomfortable and starting to have more frequent pain. I'm very self conscious and it's getting me down. I have met with a surgeon and am a candidate for surgery. I'd really like to talk to another female of similar age who has had...
    briannerenee briannerenee
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jul 23, 2015

    I Am A 14 Year Old Girl With Pectus Carinatum

    Whats hard for me is that know one really understands. My friends notice it but i really dont have the courage to tell them. I mean its embarrassing! This is so cliche but i just want to be normal. I want to be able to wear a bikini and no one say boo. But of course my life just...
    mjch2014 mjch2014
    13-15, F
    14 Responses Dec 9, 2010

    16 Year Old With Pectus Carinatum

    My 16 year old son has Pectus Carinatum.  I have posted a picture that was taken at a consultation.  I would like to read comments from others with the condition.  Like is your condition about the same, much worse, or not as bad and what have you decided to do...
    thunderbirdwell1 thunderbirdwell1
    6 Responses Nov 11, 2009

    I'm having pectus carinatum surgery next week!

    Ahhhhh! I'm so excited and anxious and scared! I want to talk with someone who has had the surgery already. Please message me if you're willing to tell me all about it!
    briannerenee briannerenee
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Dec 1, 2015

    My son is 17 and has pectus carinatum.

    He was diagnosed at 13/14 and fitted with a brace at 15. He wore the brace only a few months and then refused to wear it. Now at 17 almost 18 he is unhappy with the way it looks and wants to wear it again. I'm all for that but I am wondering if it is to late and if not does...
    jjenefer jjenefer
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Jul 18, 2015

    I've noticed there's not

    so many females with Pectus Carinatum. I'm here to share my experience, see what you are all going through. Well I'm a 17 year old female, and I think I only noticed this 'bump' between where my breasts would be growing into in year 5 ( 9 years old), the doctor just said I had a...
    zozo1997 zozo1997
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Oct 27, 2014

    Not Me, But My Friend's Younger Brother.

    I remember my friends' younger brother had Pectus Carinatum, but we called it a "Pigeon Chest" because we were young and it looked like a pigeon. None of us teased him about it. We were actually too scared to play rough with him because his sister told us that if we hit him there...
    Lady808 Lady808
    18-21, F
    1 Response May 20, 2012

    Hey everyone! My name is Raelyn,

    and I'm a sixteen year-old girl from South Texas. I, like all of you, have Pectus Carinatum. I know the adversity that this deformity presents, and I just want all of you to know that I am here for you no matter what. A few years ago, when I was in a really dark place (because...
    therealme24 therealme24
    13-15, F
    Feb 25, 2015

    Hi this is my first time doing this

    and well I guess the reason I'am is I feel alone. Nobody here where I leave has PC, and yes I have PC. I noticed it around when I was 12-13 and I showed my mother like anyone else would do. She was worried and shocked and that made me feel scared! But I'm 15 now and I don't know...
    Bradsonn Bradsonn
    18-21, M
    3 Responses Jun 2, 2015

    So my story is a lot like the others,

    not taking shirt off in public, people poking at my chest in school, noticeable through my shirt. But I finally talked to my parents and 2 months later got the brace. My parents are very supportive but the brace is extremely painful. I've had it for about a month and I still can...
    MasonS22 MasonS22
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Dec 30, 2015

    Pectus Carinatum - Surgery

    Ok so here we go, I'm now 23, but my story begins 10 years ago.... I must have been about 13 when i had started going through the painful, embarrassing stage that is puberty. At the time i was a top level swimmer for my age group (training 4 hours a day) winning competitions and...
    Beaton21 Beaton21
    22-25, M
    50 Responses Apr 23, 2009

    Hello - I'm in my 40s

    and have lived with untreated and I guess relatively moderate asymmetrical PC since I was a kid. By the time I looked into treatment as an adult, it was pretty much too late. I've learned to accept and live with my body how it is (overall I have alot to be thankful for) but my 8...
    day4 day4
    46-50, M
    4 Responses Dec 16, 2015

    29, Never Had Pectus Carinitum Surgery

    Hi everyone-   I'm 29 and have pectus carinitum.  I decided not to get surgery for it when I was younger and am happy with the decision.  I see all the teenagers posting on here and know how it felt, so I wanted to share my story.    The teenage...
    philipj philipj
    4 Responses Apr 1, 2010
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