Saturday, October 17, 2009

Costochondritis- Success Story

Hey Costo Buddies,
Found this success story, wanted to share it...encouragement is a good thing....

"It's been since November, 2002, when I was first diagnosed with costochondritis after being in a mild car accident.


Since then, I have attended physical therapy for 8 weeks, massage therapy, done SR (skilled relaxation) at least 3 times a day (and still doing it), and started off walking on my treadmill for 10 minutes a day at a slow rate. Also, I am taking Xanax 2 times a day for the anxiety. Also, I am practicing stress management. The TMJ pain has also gone away.


It was not a pleasant experience at all. I missed almost a month and a half of work and I thought I was dieing. That's when I started experiencing the anxiety/depression/panic. It was horrible.


Today, I am TOTALLY pain free. I am walking 45 minutes on the treadmill and doing some weight lifting to improve my strength. I am also back to work.


It just takes a lot of time and patience! :}" - Janice

7 comments:

  1. Wonderful story! I have been dealing with Costochondritis for 6 months now! its nice to have some hope at the end of a long and painful tunnel

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  2. YAY! I'm so glad it encouraged you! I'll keep posting the stories as i find them. Hugs to you!

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  3. I just found out that i had costochondritis yesterday. I have apperently been dealing with this since i got really sick over the summer and no one has ever told me about it until i was having a really hard time. I was and still scared to death

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  4. Hey Lauren,
    I'm so so so sorry you have this condition. However, I'm so glad you finally got diagnosed. I know how scary it can be. Hope you find a lot of info on this blog to ease your mind. Let me know how you are doing as your journey to healing begins...
    Hugs,
    Lucy

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  5. im doing good. It was cleared that i can go back to swimming today and my doctor said to keep it easy and i didnt really listen so im paying for it now. but im doing much better now. i have to get some tests and stuff ran so they can find out more information about it. and your blog helped comfort me a lot

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  6. Hi Lauren,

    I have definitely over done it exercises a ton as well. I know how frustrating it is not to be able to do your swimming like you want to. Major Bummer. Glad you are doing a little better now. Let me know how your tests turn out and what they find, it you feel like sharing. Glad you found a little comfort here.
    Hugs,
    Lucy

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  7. Hi. I first starting experiencing costcochondritis pain 6 years ago, after bending over the bed rail of my mom's hospital bed for 2 days straight when she was dying. I went to my regular GP and he pressed on my ribs and it hurt badly so he diagnosed me with Costco. It has never really gone away completely...it lays dormant for a while but lately, with the stress in my life, it has come back full force. 2 days ago, I woke up and it felt kind of sore so I did what I knew the doctor would do and pressed on the ribs and they were extremely tender. Later that day, I was walking through town and the pain came on sharp and sudden and I could barely walk. I almost called 911 for an ambulance but after taking Advil and waiting 10 minutes the pain was manageable enough for me to drive home. My pain used to be right under my left Breast but lately, the pain is on the bottom most ribs, on my left side and during the last attack, it felt like it was wrapping around my left side to the back as well. It seems like most Costco sufferers complain of pain in the chest area, by the heart, but mine is down on the lowest ribs. Anyone else have this? It makes me nervous that it's not Costco because it is so low??? Not sure if you guys are still blogging about this subject because it looks like it was several years ago but I sure would appreciate some advice, guidance, etc. I have also been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia and because of that, GERD. I also have some diverticulitis they discovered on colonoscopy. Thanks so much! Hope to hear back from someone.

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