Friday, December 4, 2009

Costochondritis- Success Story

The story of Molly- She's a very kind person who helped and inspired me when I was first diagnosed. I've shared bits of her story on another post- but wanted to share her full story. Here goes....

"I think I've come full circle with my natural health regiment.

The reason I came to Curezone forum over 2 years ago was because I was battling a debilitating case of Costochondritis, which is inflammation of the rib cartilage. For over three years I went to GP's and specialists. Costo is a diagnosis of exclusion. They check everything, pleurisy, cancer, MRI's, Ultrasounds, etc etc. When no other diagnosis is found, they end up with this diagnosis. They treat this with a variety of NSAIDs and Gabapentin (anti-seizure meds), and I was on about 4 different pain meds, each getting progressively stronger. My GP told me that NO ONE has chronic Costo, and finally, in exasperation told me that I WOULD get my gallbladder removed. When I questioned this, he said that I didn't need my gallbladder anyway, and he didn't know what else to do for me. I said NO, walked away, and have only gone back except for virulent infections that I absolutely needed antibiotics. My husband walked away too, after suffering for decades with clinical depression. He had been on Prozac for 10 years, and was still going to bed on the weekends and pulling the covers over his head. Neither of us knew anything about natural health, and indeed had mocked those who we thought were airy fairy herb takers.

Needless to say, we were a mess. We were both overweight, physically and psychically destroyed. I was about to request long term disability. I was worried that my husband would not be able to work anymore also. We had a child in grade school. Our diets were typical American with many processed foods. We would eat low fat items, thinking we were doing ourselves a favor. We both had terrible acid reflux...and were taking at least one Tagamet a day. If I didn't have Tagamet in my purse when I went to work, I would panic.

The one diagnosis I had was a fatty liver. So I found Andreas Moritz 's book on-line called the "Amazing Liver Flush"....By then I was desperate, so I decided to try the liver flush. I was pretty scared of the whole process. I read carefully about cleansing all the organs. The rest is my very short history.

So I did the liver flush. Personally I think I was dealing with chronic constipation also. All of these things, I believe were adding to my inflammation issues.

After the first liver flush, amazingly I started to have some pain free days. It was the longest two weeks of my life before I could do another one. I think that the flush also helped relieve some of my colon problems by virtue of the Epsom Salts flush.

After the second flush, I could go for weeks without pain. I started to read...hours and hours of reading. I have over 1,00 health sites bookmarked on my computer. My husband was suffering from something strange. He had really bad breath. He had athlete's foot, that would not go away. He would sweat at night, and it smelled horrible. And this was the worst.....the sweat he seemed to be generating was causing mold on the walls near the bed. I kid you not.

I started to drag the man down this path with me. We stopped eating acidic foods (coffee stopped also). We did some Liver Flushes , and then we did a colon cleansing, along with a few colonics. We did a parasite cleanse. We started taking ginger and turmeric (those were our first two supplements). My pain had at long last gone away, and we started to exercise almost everyday. Soon I started weeding my husband off of the Prozac (he has been off for over a year, and has far fewer attacks of depression that in the last two decades).

Well, about three weeks ago my Costo came back. And it was worse than before. I was devastated. But then I realized that all those things I had learned in the beginning I was not practicing like I had before. Sure we have changed many things....distilled water, Organic foods and many more vegetables and fruits. We don't eat anything white anymore. But we had stopped doing those things that were sure fire cures for us.

Most of you that know me, know that I spend all my time on the Oil Pulling forum. I know a lot about oil. I Oil Pull everyday, and I only use Coconut Oil to cook with (with occasional Olive Oil). But I have stopped eating as much oil as I used to.

In fact, I have not really been paying attention to my cleansing anymore. It's been a long time since I've done a Liver Flush . I haven't concentrated on my colon. I am overdo for another parasite cleanse. I don't ingest enough good EFA's like I should be doing. And I have forgotten the overwhelming benefits of Turmeric and Ginger in fighting inflammation. In a word, I've gotten lax. So lax that my arch nemesis has reared it's ugly head again. To me that means that inflammation has crept up again, and this is a very clear warning.

So, I am going to start all over again. The nice thing is that I don't have to do all the reading I did before. And I can do everything in it's proper order (Colon, Liver then Parasite, then liver again).

It is well know in both natural as well as allopathic practice that inflammation might just be one of the biggest killers of the humans body. They have linked it to heart disease, organ destruction, brain diseases - like depression and dementia. One of your best bets is good EFA's, and by that a well balanced Omega 3-6-9.

That is why I posted here. I think that much more attention needs to be paid to inflammation and good Omegas. And for those that have just started this natural healing, be perseverent. When your symptoms go away, do not become complacent. All of this takes time. There are no magic bullets, either in natural health, nor in allopathic. The beauty of natural health however, is that all the dots are connected. Your liver, spleen, pancreas, adrenals, thyroid, hormones, colon, mental outlook....integrated into the human machine. You've heard of a "well-oiled" machine?....well that's us!

My husband and I are healthier than we've ever been.....but I think it's time to take it to another level. We've tried many many things now, some very helpful, some not. It was all hit and miss. Now it's time to take all we've learned and synthesize it to a protocol that will be consistent, the things that have worked for us personally. Both protocols will be different, because what has worked for my husband, has not always worked for me. You can't ask someone what their personal protocol is, because we are all different, with the EXCEPTION, or cleansing. Everyone needs to cleanse. It's key.

As for me....I have some liver flushing, good EFA's, a colonic, ginger and turmeric in my near future. I have to pretend I'm starting all over, but this time I will not feel fatalistic.....or paranoid.

Thanks for listening to my rant. I absolutely do not want to go back to that life of pain!"~Molly


  1. Hi Lucy!

    Thanks so much for the encouraging success stories! I see alot of similarities for me in this one and will be trying out these suggestions although I must say I am still doing SO SO much better!

    It sounds like you have a wonderfully supportive Hubby as I do! It makes all the difference!

    I am praying for you today, and remember, "He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world."
    The name of Jesus is above the name costochondritis!
    (You told me to preach it!)

    And remember there is no condemnation from the Lord as we press through this storm. In our dark hours, when human help fails, we can press very close to the One who understands.

    I have a question that I haven't found anything on with costo. Have you heard of people having the strange pain all the way up there throats? And almost a choking feeling?

    So thankful for your post! Love,

  2. Jenni,

    I am SOOOO happy you are doing better!!! SO awesome!! And yes, my hubby is super supportive. So glad yours is too. It's such a gift.

    Glad you have enjoyed the success stories. I have too. God has brought these to me to share this week. Super cool.

    And preach on sister! Love it!! So made me tear up. You are so right. The name of Jesus is above the name of Costo. Love love love that. Going to repeat that all day.

    I am praying specifically for you too! Thank you SOOOO much for the prayers. So encouraging. I appreciate it so much. I'm praying God's peace, wisdom, and discernment for you as you are on your way to HEALING!!

    I am so similar to this story too...this post is the one that sent on my cleansing route. Finished the colon cleanse...starting the parasite cleanse tomorrow or Monday. Keep me posted if you end up cleansing or whatever route you are called to take.

    As far as the throat...I have not heard that. often do you feel that? That sounds awful....One option is to post it in the yahoo forum group maybe? Lots of activity and posts in there....It's a great question. I'm very curious about the answer. I'm sorry I don't have one for you....Bummer. =(


  3. Hi, I just found this blog. Thank you so much for it, and for your spirit of relying on God. I have had costo since 2004. Started with a lifting injury and heart attack-like pain. Evolved over 2 years to diffuse soreness and swelling and a myriad of odd symptoms that I'm now convinced are linked to my condition. There was about 6 months in 2006 where I really thought I was dying. Someone mentioned THROAT PAIN. I can speak to that. When my symptoms are at their worst (lots of soreness and fatigue), I have sometimes felt as though something was caught in my throat (not really choking but more like a lump in the throat. If any of you have had a yeast infection in the throat, it kinda feels like that.) I believe this to be inflammation that has spread into my esophagus. (I know doctors have told me inflammation can't "spread", but when the effect of soreness is more widespread, well, it is what it is.)

    This list is a summary of my my worst and most frequent symptoms throughout the last 4 years with the worst and most frequent at the top of the list. Flare ups are now fairly rare, thankfully, and most happen when I feel I've re-injured my chest (as when I recently had to pick up my dad after his fall). A number of these symptoms have become less severe and less common over the years.

    -began as heart attack like pain that radiated under left arm pit and evolved over two years into diffuse soreness in chest vaguely around the left pectoral (but extending to below left rib, left side...soreness sometimes extending to lower right side of rib cage)
    -extreme fatigue (6 hours of energy or less)
    -get colds easily
    -extremely swollen tissue at lower front rib cage (so much so that I thought my ribs had bent outwards)
    -local tender points in upper left chest at ends of the rib cartilage
    -short term memory problems / fogginess (exhaustion at the end of the day to the point of near incoherence. The feeling of not fully remembering events later.)
    -twitching muscles in left side of rib cage, particularly when laying on left side at bedtime (even feel like muscles inside are spasming...esophagus?)
    -nausea and diarrhea after a meal (50/50 chance of getting sick to my stomach with nausea and diarrhea after a significant meal)
    -numbness in lower left jaw intermittently (with decreasing severity over the last few years. at worst it was bad enough to feel like I’d had a novocaine shot)
    -general joint and muscle pain (flu-like)
    -“out of the blue” sharp pains in chest (takes breath away, goes away in a few seconds to a few minutes, aggravated by slumping over, relieved slightly by stretching chest)
    -twitching left eyelid that comes and goes
    -unsatisfying sleep
    -morning stiffness
    -increased burping gas
    -increased passing gas
    -pins and needles intermittently (particularly in torso and upper legs)
    -worse in cold winter months; nearly disappears in summer months (unless local problem area is aggravated)
    -throbbing vein in left side when lying on left side in bed (this hasn’t happened for a few months)
    -pins and needles (a pin here, a needle there...intermittent; mainly in extremities)
    -“resonance” or intermittent vibration in my left thigh (outside, midway up) (sensation is like muscle twitching and/or blood pumping?)
    -urgency to urinate/frequent urination/returning to urinal
    -tingling on edge of left ear
    -slight chest congestion
    -runny nose
    -feeling of a lump in my throat
    -less efficient breathing
    -balance problems (only noticed this in january ‘08...not convinced this is related)

    I would be interested to know if anyone has overlap with any of these symptoms and what you've been able to do about it.

    Hope this helps somebody. Thanks, John

  4. John,

    Thanks so much for taking the time to share your story and your symptoms. I know this will really help someone else. I have many of these symptoms you have listed...still plugging along trying to figure it all out. And thanks for the encouragement about the blog- I so appreciate it.


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