Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Costochondritis- And the Cold

Does the cold weather affect costochondritis? YES! When we get cold, we "brace"- a big no no for Costo sufferers.

So if you've just struggled through a cold day and are wondering if it affects your Costo, you are not crazy or making things up.

So what to do about it?

1) Layers!!
2) Hand warmers in your bra or your shirt around the ribs
3) Get in the hot tub or sauna often to thaw out and increase your circulation
4) Breathe...sounds simple, but really focus on breathing deeply (don't hold your breathe)
5) Move to Mexico. =)

Hugs to everyone! Stay warm this winter!


  1. See, I think this winter calls for a beach vaca for you and the hubby

  2. warmer humid weather affects me. Seems like it makes it harder to breath so our lungs expand more?

  3. I think this blog website is one of the best things I've seen since I got diagnosed with Costochondritis. I'm just a 17 year old cashier at a grocery store who got diagnosed with something she didn't even know existed. I had no idea how awful this condition would be until I spent time at home, away from work and school. I now have to quit my job because a month was not enough time for me to even begin healing. I'm at a loss for words but I wanted to thank you for bringing me some sunshine despite the wet damper costochondritis has put on us all.