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.

  4. I have recently been diagnosed with this condition after suffering for months with chest pain. I work in an office with lots of computers and we have an air conditioning unit installed. Unfortunately I am in direct flow of the icy cold air coming from it and feel that this is making my condition worse. Does anyone know if this is the case? Yesterday for example I was sat in a constant cold air flow which on my desk thermometer was showing 16c from 0745 - 1200 noon. I would love to know fellow sufferers opinion on this.

  5. Me too suffering from Costo. And it get worst in winter... m from INDIA.