Friday, December 11, 2009

Costochondritis- Most Popular Questions

So we all have questions about Costochondritis. I had tons when this all started for me.

I thought you all might be interested in this...whenever a person googles a certain phrase and lands on my site
(I cannot believe that I just used "google" as a verb, ha!). I'm able to see what that phrase is. Don't worry, I don't get any personal information or anything like that. lol. I'm in too much pain to care even if I did (chuckle).

However, being able to see what is most googled (about costochondritis) has been fascinating. So below, you will find the most popular questions googled about costo. Wild, huh?

I'm no doctor...so the following are all of your questions and just my opinions for answers. You knew I was going to write that. No need for some crazy "BUT LUCY TOLD ME TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!" lol.
You have a brilliant brain, so use it wisely. Just think of all my blog posts as a part of your journey. Pieces to your puzzle. This crazy, jigsaw, jacked up, messed up puzzle titled, "I'm being stalked by Costo. gag."

  1. Can I get Costochondritis from weight lifting? Yes Yes Yes. Scroll down and you'll find the post on it. That, scoliosis, and stress is how I got it. Gag. Blah. Eww. The costo-sternal joints are not the the strongest part of our body. With inflammation, irritation, and low blood flow, this area is a susceptible target for inflammation and injury.
  2. Can I die from Costochondritis?- No. Costochondritis is not fatal. The pain may kill you, but the condition won't.... it's a joke, people. Just a chuckle. No one is dying from the pain. If you have Costochondritis alone, you are in no danger, just heaps of pain. Hence, very important to get all major conditions ruled out. You want to make sure that your symptoms are Costo. alone.
  3. Does Costochondritis make your back hurt? Mercy, yes. Hunching over subconsciously to protect your chest/ribs causes stress on your back muscles, often causing a lot of pain. Also, I've been told the pain in the chest can simply radiate to the back- going straight through. My back pain started 3 months after the chest pain. Sleeping on my back, good posture, stretching, walking, and medical massage therapy have alleviated the back pain my case. YES! A victory!
  4. Does Costochondritis show up on an x-ray? I have heard of a case or two where they saw the inflammation on the x-ray (such as from the comment on this post- thx Melissa). Unfortunately, most often, it doesn't show up this way. Bummer. It's usually diagnosed through physical exam. Getting diagnosed is half the battle.
  5. How long will it take to heal? Friends, I wish I knew. This is the million dollar question. Everyone is different. Click on my post in the right column for more info. on this question. Anywhere from 2 weeks to a life time. I know....Eek, gag, crap, sigh, and REALLY? .......Think of your body as an equation. A+B+C=D. It's up to each of us to figure out the different variables in our own case. The cause of your pain is the best place to start. Was it from lifting a baby? Did you get it by repetitive light trauma, like painting? Stress? Did you get it from playing sports? Did you get it b/c you have poor eating habits and your stomach, liver, kidneys, or colon are crying out for a cleanse and better food? I'm not sure. But you really have to take inventory of your body. And I know...we are all like, "we don't have TIME FOR THIS!" But folks. You will have to make time. Because Costo is one stubborn SOB.
  6. Where do you feel the pain of Costochondritis? Most often, but not always, the pain is felt in the 3-6th ribs. Most often it is seen on the left side- where the under wire of the bra is located. It can range from constant dull pressure to sharp stabbing "attacks" pain. I have them both. Joy. You can have pain when breathing, exercising, laughing, picking up any objects, eating large meals. Basically, if you exist, you can feel the pain. lol. I know, I know....not funny. =)
  7. Can Costochondritis be caused BY acid reflux? If you have acid reflux and costo...instead of thinking, "oh crap, this really sucks." You should be very thankful. This means you can really focus on your diet and do some cleanses and you could possibly be feeling better in a couple of months! If you have acid reflux...change your diet TODAY. Eat Organic foods and stay away from nightshade foods (foods that cause inflammation). Consider doing a full body cleanse. If you have acid reflux, it's a huge sign that your intestines are NOT happy with you. This could possibly be one of the causes of Costo. for you. And that is awesome! So don't waste any more time. Get it under control! I know, I'm ranting. =) I can't help it.
  8. Does Costochondritis CAUSE acid reflux? No. Intestinal issues cause Acid Reflux and costochondritis, not the other way around. Just my opinion.
  9. Can/Will a bone scan show Costochondritis? If you have infectious costochondritis from an infection, yes, some times it can show up in a bone scan. I have had a bone scan, it showed nothing. This is most likely since I have inflammatory Costochondritis caused by scoliosis, stress, bracing, acid reflux, and a stomach that needed serious cleansing and help with the foods I'm eating.
  10. Can stress cause costochondritis? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. It is often called the "bracing disease." I totally recommend skilled relaxation exercises daily. Scroll down to see the skilled relaxation exercise I use.
  11. Should I go swimming with Costochondritis? It's different for everyone. Try it once and you'll know immediately. I cannot swim at ALL. Very Very painful for me. Some percentage of people do better when swimming. Unfortunately, you will have to do some trial and error with Costo. Blah.
  12. What type of doctor will/can diagnose costochondrtitis? Any doctor who is familiar with Costochondritis can diagnose it. The key is finding that doctor. I have found certain general practitioners and pain management doctors to be the most knowledgeable.
  13. Can Costochondritis cause pain in the upper back and shoulder too? YES!
  14. Does/can Costochondritis pain come and go daily? Yes. If yours comes and goes, be VERY thankful for this. It means you are closer to healing that those with constant pain.
  15. Can I/should I stretch with Costochondritis? Yes. Very gently. Scroll below for stretches.
  16. Should I work out if I have Costoshondritis? Yes. Walking is great. You want to be as stress free as possible. Walking/working out relieves stress, allowing you to sweat out toxins, and keeps your muscles loose. Some people also believe that the only way to heal this condition is for the ribs to oscillate. Kind of like oiling up the joints. You can get your ribs to oscillate with skilled relaxation breathing exercises and/or light jogging or working out in ways that get the ribs moving via breathing heavier than your resting heart rate.
  17. Can an under wire bra cause Costochondritis? Yes. Or it may just be the straw that breaks the camels back. Just my opinion. Scroll down and read the post on this subject..
  18. Can Large Breasts cause Costochondrits? Not the breasts themselves, but the bra (that you have to wear to support the weight) can. And/or the weight of the breasts can put lots of pressure on your ribs, causing or contributing to costo. I'm no expert in this area. lol. ha-ha! But I do know that this is a VERY common question.
  19. Will a Breast Reduction help? I do know of a couple of women who went this route. It helped some ladies and didn't help others.
  20. Why can't a doctor help me? This is the 2 million dollar question. Here's the bottom line. Costochondritis accounts for 3 out of 10 people that go to the emergency room with chest pain. Crazy. One would think with such statistics, this condition would be well known and talked about ALL the time. My little ol' opinion is that since our condition is not deadly, it's quickly dismissed. And unless a doctor has lived through the crippling pain of Costo....to them it's just "inflammation."
  21. Does Costochondritis burn? Yes. It can burn, stab, spasm, be lots of pressure, mimic a heart attack, etc.
  22. What makes it worse? Everything! Moving, breathing, talking, running, laughing, picking up objects, coughing, throwing up, cold weather, sitting for long periods of time, driving and ...etc....
  23. Is costochondritis affected by the seasonal changes? Yes. Whether it's allergy induced inflammation due to Spring, or Bracing induced pain due to the cold weather, yes, both weather and seasons can affect Costo.
  24. Does Caffiene make my Costo worse? Yes. Scroll down to read the post on caffeine and Costo.
  25. Will a full body cleanse heal my costo? Not sure. But it's totally worth a try. I'm in the middle of one and will let you know how it goes!
  26. What natural remedies can heal my Costo? Mercy...scroll way down to read the mammoth post I wrote on this. =)
  27. How do I not go crazy? Good question...sigh. I know...this condition affects every aspect of your life. It's very tough. In the middle of this monsoon of a storm, my sanctuary has been spending time soaking up the bible, lots of journaling, praying, and basking in the peace of God before I go to bed. This is has been my sanity. This is where I find peace.
There you have it! Whew. That made me tired. Feel free to let me know if I missed or need to add something. I'm by no means the expert on anything but my own body. Hoping that as individuals, we all become our own specialists. And as a group, we all become each others greatest supporters. Remember...when you don't know, it's time to learn. And when you do know, it's time to teach.

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  1. I know technically they say costo does not show up on X-rays, but in my case that IS what got me the diagnosis, paired with something *odd* that I told the Dr. in addition to my description of the pain. I'd told the Dr. in the ER that I'd had a *cracking* sound when I breathed, in the ribs. He immediately thought of costochondritis when I said that. He decided to do an X-ray, not because costo itself turns up on an x-ray, but partly to rule out cracked or broken ribs as well as to see if inflammation would show up on the X-ray. Believe it or not, inflammation (if it's bad enough) CAN show up on an X-ray. In my case it did. It showed up as a big white cloud over the worst spot of pain on my chest. When the tissues become inflammed you can actually see the increased heat signature on an X-ray. I'm having mega pain, but atleast I got diagnosed within a couple of weeks of its start. My Dr. still can't believe, after 3 months, that it's still going strong & getting worse. What's even more staggering is my Dr. is a Chinese Dr who is also a chriopractor AND practices accupuncture. He actually said he doesn't know what else to do for me. *sigh*
    I feel so hopeless.
    Well, anyway, I found your blog & then read (as it says on most sites) that X-rays won't show costo, but in a round-about way in some cases X-rays CAN indicate costo.

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    1. I also get that cracking thing in my chest, drives me mad. It affects my back neck and shoulder. I also have fibromyalgia so in constant pain.They thought I had pleurisy for 2 years!!! I would like a breast reduction as I (sigh) also have a nickle allergy so cant wear hooked, underwired bras and am quite a big girl. Has anyone tried Gabapentin(anti-epileptic med) supposed to help? I'm on lamictal for my (sigh) epilepsy. By this stage your all saying what has she not got! I also have chronic psoriasis and am on a chemotherapy drug for it, so rub me out and start again. God gets me through it all! :)

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    2. I am so thankful to have found this website and to see that I am not going crazy! I had pneumonia 4 years ago and then pleurisy. I continued to suffer from what my old doctor determined was pleurisy/scar tissue for the past 4 years..Aches in chest and extreme burning/throbbing in shoulder blades. I started see that certain things would cause my condition to flare up (e.g. stress, sensitive to cold, fatigue). I missed a great deal of work due to my illness. I would also visit my doctor and relate my symptoms, only to be given pain meds and the same diagnosis..pleurisy. Three months ago I had shingles and luckily my recovery time for the sores to heal was shorter then other cases I have read about. I did have pain in my armpits that continued after the shingles sores were gone. Two days ago my "pleurisy" aches and pain started again along with armpit pains. The pain was so bad that I went to my new doctor. She diagnosed me with costochondritis. She also did blood work to rule out any autoimmune diseases. Blood work came back fine. I finally have a proper diagnosis but feel lost as to where do I go from here? I am so thankful to have read your post and can completely relate..

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  2. Melissa,

    That is so wonderful that you were diagnosed quickly.I corrected my post to include that in some cases- it can be diagnosed this way. Thanks for sharing your story.

    My own opinion is that I do not believe it has to do with if your costo is bad enough, that it will show up on an x-ray. Otherwise mine and many others would be showing up as well. Which would be awesome. Maybe it has to do with the origin of the costo...I have no clue.

    Like I've said before, I'm for shizzle no doctor, just a girl- learning as I go.

    I hope you heal up really fast! I know how tough this can be. You are not alone. Sending a hug your way.

    Lucy

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  3. This is wonderfully helpful, thank you! I have a follow-up question that I haven't found an answer to: what medical tests did you take, or diseases you ruled out, before you accepted the costo diagnosis? I have chest pains that are generally not severe but constant, sometimes burning, and developed following a 5 month viral infection. I do not get sharp pains with palpitations, but I can find a couple of spots on my left rib that are sore if I push hard enough--the same spots regularly, and have had pain for about 10 months now. I've had CT scan, Echocardiogram, stress test, mammogram and EKG. Thank you for any help you can give!

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  4. Hi there,

    So happy you found it helpful! So sorry you are in pain. =(

    Okay, as far as tests I had done to rule out issues? Great question...check back in, in a few minutes. I'm going to post about it...I'm sure others will want to know this answer as well. Thanks for contributing! Great question.

    So glad you are not having stabbing attacks. That's wonderful and very normal for a lot of costo sufferers.

    Please let me know if I can help you in any other way.

    Hugs and healing to you,
    Lucy

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  5. OK...I just did a blog post about it...hope you find it helpful.
    Hugs,
    Lucy

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  6. okay whether i should be going crazy and preparing to pull out some sort of thin sharp object and start stabbing my doctors saying 'yehh it hurts DOESNT IT?!'
    D: i hate this damn illness..whatever it is
    ive had it for 3 years now and err NOTHING!
    all the sodding doctors will do is give me stronger pain killers but there is only so much you can give a 16 year old right?
    right, so couple of weeks ago (the pain came back end of november time..still here pretty much) mum took me to the doctors and basically told the doctor that i should probably try a different way of sorting out the pain rather then just popping pills every 6 hours so i went to a physio
    not going to lie he was shocked..still is
    that i havent had any more tests on it
    he showed me a few stretches and well yeh they work and infact its made me more in control of the demon inside my ribs which i am grateful of (plus he was hot!)
    but err yeah looking at this it seems everyone else has had scans and xrays and all kinds of crap done
    all ive had is a few docs prodding my ribs asking if it hurts and yes yes it does ¬¬
    i think in general ive been to doctors about 6 times maybe more?
    my symptoms are generally normal
    -left rib hurts the most
    -back pain
    -hard to bloody breathe and i know walking is a good thing but when its really bad i can barely get downstairs and back up again without using colourful language
    -nausea (ive been told i have IBS before but tbqh i think it was my costo..i havent had IBS again but costo? oh that ray of sunshine just keeps coming back)
    -lack of sleep, its so hard to get comfortable with costo
    ANYWAY, what should i do?! im going to talk about it with my mum tomorrow
    but should i have more tests done? or is it just pointless because they pretty diagnosed me second visit so there isnt much to do
    i mean i know it hasnt been constant over the 3 years but still its been a regular this stops me from going to school for up to about 3 weeks sometimes!
    its silly that i didnt look it up ages ago properly but mehh im a kid not a doctor

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  7. Amy,

    So sorry you have been through such a tough journey. I really feel for you.

    Thanks for sharing your story with me and everyone else who will read this.

    I identify with the pain going up and down the stairs. Hurts big time.

    I'm no doctor, but if you have IBS or any stomach problems I'd chat with your doctor about starting eating all organic, lots of vegetarian meals, and try going through the cleanses and see if you notice any difference. Just a thought...do you notice any difference in the pain if you eat fried foods or anything like that?

    Have you tried skilled relaxation exercises or raw organic apple cider vinegar?

    If you have had a couple of different docs diagnose you (second and 3rd opinions are great)...and you feel confident with them- I'd roll with the diagnoses and try to see if any of the remedies listed on this blog that have helped others will help you. But that's just me.

    And it's normal for it to not be constant- that's a good sign!

    I know it's a very stressful condition to have- I spend a lot of time journaling, reading the Bible, and praying...I've found it's the only way I've gotten some peace and direction during all this madness! Before I started doing all that- I was like a chicken with my head cut off...living with a lot of fear.

    I think it's WONDERFUL that you were diagnosed quickly!

    I can't advise what tests to get done- but one option is to read my post about the tests I had done to see if you'd like to have any of these done with your doc.

    Hugs to you, I'm always here to listen- keep me posted on how you are doing,
    Lucy

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  8. Amy

    PS- the Medical Massage Therapist has also been a HUGE blessing to me!

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  9. thanks for the advice it helped :)
    i spoke to my mum and we came to an agreement that i should just keep going until it gets bad again (very pessimistic i know but costo is so predictable) and then go back to the doctors and force them to do something then just giving me painkillers..
    what i find with costo is that it works its way out of the barrier of pain solutions and gets worse everytime :/
    anyway its just quiet at the moment, has its few moments but nothing a painkiller wont kill :) so im just sticking to school and normal days and get back into the excersises!

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  10. Amy,

    Thanks for sharing, you hang in there! Let me know from time to time how you are doing! Hope you have a wonderful and pain free week.

    Hugs,
    Lucy

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  11. Hi there. Well I wish I would have googles it first because now I'm stuck with a $588 dollar emergancy bill because I thought I was. Havn a heart attack lol, it all started a month ago when I was arrested for being accused or sumthn I didn't do. I was facing a felony charge I was held In custody for 2 days . N all while I was in there I was stressn n makn myself sick, then 3 days after I was released dats when it started it's been a whole month n the pain hasn't went away. Sometimes I wake up cryn wit bad chest pains. So now I am addicted to sleepn pills so I kan sleep @ nite. I'm 19 yes old n I currently stay with my aunt m her 3 demonic satin children who treat me like shit n I'm tryna to go to school n find a job but this condition is holdn me back. I constantly take pills to help wit fa pain. Now it's startn to get better but I dnt kno how long I hAve to deal with it. I want to kno do u think the Jail incident hAd sumtin to do wit it n did me stayn wit my aunt add on?????

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    1. Hello,
      Sorry to hear about all you have gone through.
      I believe your costo can most certainly be stress induced - as
      mine was during an incredibly stressful period in my life.
      Aim to get rid of as much stress as possible, relaxation techniques, hot water bottles...
      Hope you get better soon

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  12. Hi there,

    Yes, we have all been stuck with a terrible bill in the ER. Major Bummer!

    And Yes, this has been called the bracing disease, so if you have been really stressed, it could really be causing you problems.

    Hope you get to feeling better so soon! I do relaxation exercises and Massage therapy...really helps.

    Hugs,
    Lucy

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  13. Lucy, I hope you do not take offense at this question, but did you ever feel like God allowed costo in your body simply to use you as encouragement to the many who suffer from it (and make you grow as an individual, too, of course)--but I think we are all having to grow. You, however, are unique in that He's used someone with a great sense of humor, excellent writing skills, sensitivity, brains, courage, knowledge, patience to blog etc., etc., etc. to talk to the world of costo sufferers. For that, I want to stand before that big old throne and say, "My King and my Papa, my sister has suffered long enough and her words and talents have been used for much good. Please cease this testing time. You have used this vessel greatly--give her freedom from it, and allow her to sing and dance on stage, now." I do say that! He might say, "Ahh, child, thank you. You do not know, but that time will soon come, but I'm still using her in ways you cannot see." Or any number of answers. But, I just want to say--that's my request. That's my plea. For a girl named Lucy I've never met. That's my plea.

    I'm overwhelmed. Humbled. And, in spite of overwhelmed, humbled and in tears all night from reading your blog, this post did make me giggle out loud. :) At last!

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  14. Angela,

    Okay, I'm like crying buckets of tears. I'm not offended in any way. On the contrary, I'm so deeply touched. Bawling...Like the snotty tears. lol. Thank you for that prayer. You have no idea how much that means to me. Thank you, thank you. Thank you for lifting me up to the Lord. You prayer is the words my soul cries out. So thank you, Angela.

    To answer your question, yes...I've wondered a lot, if God is using me to help others with this crazy condition- and hopefully, glorify Him through this and share His love in the middle of pain. Took me a long time to see all that. It's really humbling on one hand because I really do want to help others and I'm so blessed and happy when people find this little blog. And if I'm being totally honest, really humbling on the other hand since I find myself alone in my room writing when all I want so desperately to go back to the stage. I've really struggled with all of this. A lot of humbling going on. lol. haha! But I've learned a lifetime of lessons through this struggle, as you know all too well. -)

    Thank you for your plea. With all my heart, thank you. And for crying with me. =)

    I'm headed to your other comments (which I love!) to respond.

    Hugs,
    Lucy

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    1. Oh, thank you, Lord for leading me to this site. You are so faithful! First, it's such a relief to know that I'm not crazy (well, maybe a little, but not when it comes to Costo!) It was such a blessing to find answers interspersed with faith. I am one of the luckier ones in that I do have spells where the pain abates, sometimes even for a month or more. Unfortunately, I also suffer from fibromyalgia, so I'm never free of pain. I also have been diagnosed with IBS and CVS (Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome) as well as a chronic sleep disorder (haven't slept more than 2 or 3 hours a night since my thirties--I'm now 48). My question is this: my latest rounds of Costo seem to stem more from my spine/left side of back rather than the sternum. I'm finding it very, very difficult to breathe... Does Costo always affect the sternum, or can it affect only the spine/back/ribs?

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  15. HI my name is Aimee and I was finally diagnosed today. For the past year I have been searching for an answer and I am really glad to find a site like yours. I am sure I will be back soon. Keep up the positive spirit. xoxo Aimee

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  16. Hi Aimee!

    Pleasure to meet you! Glad you found the site as well, sorry for the circumstances. =( Let me know if I can help you in any way.

    Hugs and healing to you!
    Lucy

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  17. hi, I was diagnoses with costo yesterday. I have scoliosis, large breasts and have suffered from immense neck, shoulder and back pain/spasms for the last 4 years. Right now, this costo thing is like the straw that is breaking the camel's back. I am 5' 5" and have F sized breasts and have been fighting with insurance for the last 14 months about coverage for a breast reduction. They insist this is a cosmetic surgery, I have come to a point of telling them to strap 10lbs of weight onto themselves via their shoulders and let me know how it feels.
    My questions to you is, can costs be another curse of my large breasts?

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  18. correction: That was meant to ask, Can costo be another curse of my large breasts?

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  19. Selena,
    My heart really goes out to you, sounds painful.

    I'm not a doctor, so i can't say if large breasts could cause costo. I do know that this is a common question. I'm not convinced that large breasts cause this pain- but I am totally convinced that large breasts can make the pain unbearable.

    While you're waiting on the surgery, I'd focus on seeking other causes of your pain in the event that the breasts are exasperating the problem, possibly not causing it. Just a thought.

    I hope you are able to get that surgery!
    Hugs,
    Lucy

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  20. On your swimming comment:

    I can get a costo attack every day of the week for a month and then not get anything again for three months.

    Since I started training for a triathlon 8 months ago, including swimming half an hour every day, I haven't had a costo attack that I would consider more than mildly annoying.

    So I agree with your comment. Try it.

    Hopefully when I take a break from swimming for the fall they don't start coming again...but I'll know what to do if they do!

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  21. Can anxiety cause costo? sometimes if i focus on my pain it gets worse..but then when i relax and dont think about it its not as bad. Plus last week i played tennis without a sports bra ( just my regular bra) and i have size D breasts. Could my breasts have pulled on my muscles and caused sharp pain? and spasms come and go in the middle of my chest, especially after strain. So glad I found this blog. Very helpful

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  22. Hello, My name is Jessica :D

    I'm 13, almost 14. My Doctor said I have Costochondritis. Now, I wasn't quite worried about it, he said it wasn't fatal, plus I liked how I could move my rib up and down. Vair cool indeed. Anyways, I'm worried now. Lately I have been having trouble breathing and I have heard of some people getting asthma from Costochondritis. Is this true? I have an appointment with the Doctor on the 24th. Should I ask him for anything?


    Thanks,


    Jessica.

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  23. I cant tell if i have costo or gastritis. I have burning under my ribs to my back. I had an endoscopy and the doctor was pretty horrible and wasnt even sure if he saw inflammation or not. The thing is when I walk it burns more and feels it could be costo, and I tried a PPI and get no relief if it is gastritis. I do belch though so its just which one is it! :(

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  24. Lucy,
    I have just been diagnosed with costo. I have so many of the above symptoms. Large breasts, back, neck and shoulder pain. I am very athletic, swimming, tennis and yoga. Plus carrying around my grandchildren and walking or rather dragging the dog. I have also had to give up gluten, dairy and onions. Life is certainly a challenge. I had to defer my University studies as the pain was amazing everytime I got out the statistics textbook!Thank you so much for all the information you have given. The specialist has put me on strong anti inflamatories. I am also starting a cleansing diet, so everything that you have said backs up what I need to do. Many, many thanks.

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  25. Hi My son had a loss of credit from his school because he had to many absent for have costo and i also got a chronic note from the doctor... and yet the school denied the note and now my son didnt graduate.... and my son could not breathe he was really stressing, and he said he felt like an elephant was sitting on his chest

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  26. Ive had this on and off (mostly on) for 6 months+ now, it started with back issues where I saw a chiro, he was doing compressions on my upper back which brough costo on for a week and then would go away. But after a while it started taking longer to get better, then it stopped going away, thats when I found out it was costo.

    Its really doing my head in now, waking up in the morning sometimes it feels like my chest is cramping up and it stops me breathing which is worrying. I saw the doc 3 months ago and he put me on naproxen which really helped, it 'nearly' went away but it seems to be getting worse again. Going back this week so hopefully this time it will sort it out. Going to try and get an x-ray to make sure its not something else causing it.

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  27. Hi! I'm new to this site. I am 34 and have costo for the second time around. I had it about 7 years ago when I was 26-27. Well, its back!! Painful as ever and I thought I was done with it for good! I've had it the past week and am taking Ibprofin 800mg TID. Would love to hear back from all of you and am very happy there is a support group to belong to! I'm just praying it does not stick around as long as the last time, which was 6 months : (

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  28. Hi Lucy,
    Thanks so much for posting. I wish there was a proper healing time. I was diagnosed with costo about 3 months ago after several ER trips, an echo, panic attacks (which i also thought was a heart attack!!), and 2 holter monitors later.
    I just had my son and was working out vigorously to try to lose the weight. Body building, strength training, push ups, cardio, etc.,.. of course, taking care of him is very stressful as well as I'm a first time mother.
    So I have stress (LOTS OF IT!, not just from parenting but for personal reasons), and exercise.
    And even when I walk sometimes I get pain in my chest, but not often anymore.. so I pray yours heals if it hasn't already. <3

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  29. I posted above, like 2 seconds ago. and I just realized.. and had to comment:
    Oh my gosh, and my name is Lauren Christine (my mom always wanted me to have Christ 'with me', which is why she didn't spell it with a K) but my auntie called me Lucy/Lulu growing up. How strange.
    Now I'm really praying for you. :)

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  30. Hello I've been suffering now for about a year with flare ups. But recently I noticed that my ab muscles hurt. Does chostoandritis cause them to hurt along with your ribs.

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  31. I too have suffered with costo now for 3years. comes and goes. now have upper back pain too. also wraps around chest. im very upset and discouraged by this. paranoid too about cardiac. 54years old amd female with large breasts. not feeling so lucky

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  32. Does anyone have costo pain in the upper ribs, below the collar bone??

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  33. i have had costo for 9 months now and have had every test going. MRI, CT scans,nerve tests, mamogram and ultra sound. All for which have come back clear. I have just had a bone scan and are waiting for the results. I have however managed to controll the symptoms with the following combination.
    Ibruprofen 200mg 6 times a day, Glucosamine with chondrin and ginger extra strength x2 a day, cod liver oil extra strength liquid x1 tablespoon a day, multi vitamin and mineral supplement. I rub my back and chest with blue ease cream and wheat bags for heat application every night. I am just about to try the noni juice which i have heard is a cure for costo.
    I love running and working out but any kind of impact makes it worse, swimming makes it worse. Yoga has been fantastic as it gently stretches the muscles and opens the chest without impact. My pain gets worse for a while and then cools off but i am never pain free. when i first got this i thought i was going to die it was so bad. i have been told about a herbalist that can give you different ingredients to boil up and drink and so i am going to give them a visit. i will let you know the results and that of the noni juice as any cure is worth sharing. The best pain killer i have had so far is tramadol which i only have to take 1 tablet twice a day to be pain free, however they can become addictive and the docs dont like giving them out. Mine is quite good as i only take them when i need to (to get me through work as im a dance teacher) anyway good luck everyone in finding something that works. Thank you for this site, it is very helpfull.

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  34. My costo is finally clearing up after about 8 months, I was put on all sorts of NSAID's (like ibuprofen), here is what I found

    Iburofen dulls the pain a lot, only lasts for a few hours before you need more though, also you build up tolerance.

    Naproxen really helps (prescription only, taken 2 times daily), it really dulled the pain to nearly not noticable, I thought after 2 months on it that I was better but it started to come back.

    Etopan XL has been the best for me (prescription only, taken once a day), it compleatly stopped all pain except when I could feel it wearing off after 23 hours. I took this for a month and felt much better, I have been given another months prescription but only take this every 2-3 days. I dont really need it anymore as I feel like its healed but it is nice to know I have it handy.


    I tried all teh other stuff like Glucosamine with chondrin etc but none of it made any differance whatsoever, it might work differantly depending on age etc though. With costo I would say to give it a go, even if it works as a placebo any pain removed is better than not trying at all with this horrible condition; but from my experiance the only thing which works are NSAID's

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  35. I have had costo for over 2 months now and I am just devastated. As a mother of 3 I dont have time for this! I cant stand the pain and am crying as I write this. All through whooping cough!!!!

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  36. Dont worry, it does clear up. Its just horrible while you have it as it impacts on everything. Make sure you goto the doctors and get some decent anti-imflammitories as Ibuprofen really doesnt cut it.

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  37. I am so glad that I found this page.. I was diagnosed back in march 6 weeks after what I believed to be a heart attack... I have tired all kinds of medication and so am no closer to feeling better, my normal easy going life is not the same anymore as I am in constant pain but my personality and positive outlook to life have made it easier to deal with... I have a very loving and caring partner who has now also picked up on the signs when things are not right.... I also have an appt with a specialist and am hoping to get to the end of this soon.... I know i am not alone in this but would not wish this on anyone either... In a way this condition has made me stronger as I look forward to the morning I wake up pain free...

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  38. Hi! I was diagnosed with costo about 5 weeks ago and am wondering if any of you find the pain worse while eating. At this point the initial pain has subsided, but I am still struggling with discomfort while eating and through my left shoulder blade. My dr. wants me to go for a bipida scan to check my gallbladder since I'm still feeling discomfort,but am hesitant as I as I've been doing a lot of research and find that all of my symptoms fit more with costo than gallbladder issues. Any information any of you can share would be greatly appreciated!

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  39. Hi, not sure if I have costo or not. I went to one doctor who thought it might be that but not sure. I've heard a few stories about this lasting more than a year. Mine has been 2 years so far and not gone yet. It's both back and chest pain.

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    1. I have been off work over a year with this costo lots of medication and it was an injection that eased the pain for one month.the pain is in my chest and all in my back due for another injection in a few weeks so fingers crossed.

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  40. I have had this condition for 18 months following a week-long run with severe nausea and vomitting. I tried for 5 consecutive days to be admitted into the hospital for IV and anti-nausea treatments - didn't get in until day 6. By then the pain was so severe that after many tests they removed my gall bladder (they apparently didn't know what else to try!!)
    but that wasn't the problem. I ended up in the hospital for three weeks on extreme pain meds - I was sent home on Dilaudid. I've been on Vicodin for 17 months. Cortisone injections have helped very minimally and now I feel the doctor has about given up. How nice - wish I could do the same! He seems to think "it's about time to get off the pain meds and get on with life". I don't abuse my meds - when I don't have pain I don't take them, but those days are few and far between. Best wishes to all for a pain-controlled 2012. It's nice to find this site and not feel so alone through it all.

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    1. im going on almost two years of unexplained pain. i have been in hospital twice had every test imaginable have tried kinetics and all docs have washed their hands of me thinking i am only seeking pain meds. one doc asked if i would rather just not wake up at all on day and i said NO i have a son and a family as well as a life hat i would prefer to enjou painfree or at least tolerable pain. im sick of all my friends saying they have pain too and i should just get over it. i have changed my diet i exercise and its just getting worse. severe burning sensation now that is under my ledt breast and my entire back. seems hopeless now i habe no insurance and my last trip to ER they wouldnt give me anything but valuim. WTH? is there any specific doc i should be seeking out. they want me to go to a pain clinic but i wasnt sure how that works. i dont want to be on narcotics forever but would like a little pain relief without being judged. i just want to feel normal again. HELP

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    2. Same with me. I feel since I have no insurance the Dr's don't wanna do anything, I have been on several medications, some help but I am always in pain. Starting to feel hopeless, I just want to not hurt. And no one seems to understand how bad it hurts!! I am on gabapentin and naproxen right now,and I always am on a Level 4 pain level. It flares up a lot and hurts way worse. Anxiety makes it worse, I have been having panic attacks. My friends gave me a Xanax one day while having a panic attack and get this it totally helped the pain ease up. That was the closest to normal I have felt in years. But if I go telling the dr this they will prolly think I just want to be on Xanax. And I wish I could be on no meds and be normal. Feeling deaperate to not hurt!

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  41. i have had this for almost 3 months. it all started by being really sick and coughing so hard i caused the costo. that is what my doctor said. it has been the longest 3 months of my life. i began with almost non stop panic attacks for 2 months then they stopped completley as abrubtly as they started but the pain continued just as horrible then stopped about a month ago for about a week and a half then started up again but not as bad as when it first happenend. i am always dizzy and have trouble focusing on the computers. i work on computers all day and sit all day so it makes it very hard to concentrate. the pain radiates down my arm and makes it hard to type, i have used all my sick days and cant miss anymore time or else i get fired. im very happy to find this place everyone i have talked to has never heard of this even my doc told me very little about it. thanks to who ever started this. i have felt like i was going crazy and have been soo depressed. i have a doctors appt on the 5th i think i should ask for more tests though i just had a ekg and they tested my blood for clotting to make sure i didnt have a pulmoneray embolisim (sorry for the misspelling) then they felt my ribs and sd that i had costo. i think i should find out if i have the infectious one, but not sure any ideas on this would be helpful. oh yea and the hospital bills have been horrible im drowning in debt went to the doctors 6 diff times before they figured out what was going on. most of the time they sd it was in my head and actually one of the doctors had the balls to tell me there is something wrong with my head and made a therapist come down and talk to me. i got soo fusterated that i started to think he was right till the last time i went to a hospital and finnaly they told me about costo. the neck and back pain sucks but its good to know that im not dieing or anything like that now. lol. i take ibuprofen once in a while but i hate takeing pills so normally just deal with the pain. i am getting ready to quit smoking cause i think that is prob making it harder to get better. i read somewhere that its a irritant. will be back on here soon. thanks again for all the info. sorry for the rambling i just needed to get that out.lol

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  42. Hi, I'm 13 years old and I was diagnosed today. I play soccer and I was wondering if that makes it worse. Also in the spring can my allergy to pollen make it worse? I've had it off and on for a year and it just started causing me discomfort this week (partly from the cold I have). Anyway, I love playing soccer and I just want to know if soccer effects costo and I want to know if it does how can I stop the discomfort.

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  43. My doctor said I have costochondritis. They did an X-ray and an EKG. Both showed nothing. I have pain under my left breast. I had it in October then it went away for a while. Now it's back. I've had it for 5 weeks. Should I ask my doctor to have a ct scan or MRI to rule out anything else? Sometimes the pain spreads to my arm and back. I have been on antiinflammatories but they don't seem to be helping too much. I worry it's something worse than costo.

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  44. NOTE TO ALL: THE WOMAN WHO STARTED THIS SITE HAS LEFT IT SINCE 2010.
    SHE SAID SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CELIAC DISEASE AND IS NO LONGER MAINTAINING THIS. FYI.

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  45. Can getting CPR chest compressions caused me to get costochondritis? I don't have any broken ribs, but still much pain (it's been 7 weeks).

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    1. Yes, thats what caused mine (compressions from chiropractor though)

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  46. Hey there Lucy. I'm 15 years old and I was diagnosed with Costo this morning. I am on my high school's color guard and we are in the middle of try outs. Last night we had a session and I'm guessing that's what caused it, but I didn't feel it until this morning. And its not in my chest, its in my back, right below my left shoulder blade. The doctor said that it was just a small rip in the cartilage and that it would heal. But from what I understand, you describe it as reaccuring. Is my Costo going to come back after its gone?

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  47. after reading entire post. I guess you can assume that everyones case may be a little different.I have had multiple shoulder surgeries and after healing from that I am having neck and back issues. I have had costochondritis through entire injury. After getting the run around and all the testing coming back normal I had a talk with my surgeon and he recomended a rhuematory DR. They tried steroids(predisone) and that didnt help. Im on another medication called flexeril(cyclobenzaprine)and it seems to be helping alittle by taking away the tightness in the middle of chest but i still have the tenderness in the ribs.Ive only been on flexeril for a 3 weeks. Dont know exactly what the costo is steming from. It may have been the shoulder surgery trauma or it can be an existing problem in spine. I still have to see the spine DR. and have mri done. I guess what im trying to say is dont give up and keep persuing the reason why you have costo. Good luck to everyone suffering from this condition. I know its frustrating and depressing bacause you dont feel like yourself. but dont give up. i will post again if I get results that are helpful

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  48. One other thing I wanted to mention is dont let these DRs tell push you in the direction of depression or stress. They like to do that. I told several DRs the only thing im depressed about is the condition i have and i cant breathe rite. You know your body best and you should hopefully know the difference. The condition alone is stressful mentally,and physically

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  49. Does it cause breathing difficulties?

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  50. I've had Costochondritis for quite some time now. Just recently learned thats what it is. I started developing the symptoms at around 5 or 6 and I'm almost 17 now. Its gotten really bad. I can't do any activities anymore and it's affecting my breathing a lot. I have it about 3 out of the 4 weeeks in a month. I was wondering, has anyone found out any exercises that they can do? I found I can do walking. But not for too long and I really need to get active again.

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  51. Hi Lucy thank you for the info!! I have a question though on costochondritis.Sometimes i'll hae near perfect days but then within 15 minutes of doing nothing I can feel a spasm coming along and I get dizzy.Chest pressure builds a bit then ill walk around or change my poster and it goes away.Does this sound like Costo?? I had my heart checked and all is fine,blood work to.I had an osteopath fix my posture since all this started with a weight lifting accident.Massatherapy helps but if it's too ruff it makes it worse for a few days.Last thing sometimes my neck and left back get so tense een my jaw will start to hurt a bit (probably my bad posture that causes this but...? costo???) Thanks

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  52. I have just started up a facebook page for this, if anyone wants to add info or post on there you guys are more than welcome :)

    http://www.facebook.com/Costochondritis

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  53. Hi! I have breast implants and on and off over the past 7 years I had pain in my rib under my right breast that radiated around to my back and I felt a lot of hypersensitivity in the area as well. Had an exray, mamogram and ultasound done and ended up at my Implant Surgeons office and he diagnosed my with Costo.. My question is. Is it normal to feel hypersensitivity under my arm and really all over the side of my breast along with rib pain in fron and in my back but on my RIGHT side.

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  54. i was diagnosed and i took "naproxen" for 1 month, and my doctor said " ok you're done now its gone" without even asking me to come in to examine me.... then a month later i started getting extremely bad chest pains again, only this time my throat would close up and i was diagnosed with "anxiety" even though i didnt have to be stressed to get a "panic attack" and then i was given cipralex and larazapam and it didn't help (because its clearly not anxiety ) then instead of listening my doctor just increased my medication dosage and it still did nothing, so now i've been easing my way OFF my medication and tomorrow im going to march in there and demand to see a doctor who deserves to be called that

    i think its just inflammation
    not "just"
    but yeah you catch my drift

    does anyone else get these symptoms from it? "panic attacks" without being triggered?

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    1. I have had costo for a while now, and I have been having Panic attacks recently and Idk why, I do stress out when the pain gets bad, but I was shopping and bam had a panic attack in the middle of the store for no apparent reason, I have not been diagnosed with any anxiety, but this Costo seems to make my anxiety worse!

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  55. im scared to take naproxen again, my first day on it last time i overdosed taking the dosage i was prescribed too :( booooooo. I wish my chest pain was under my chest where my bra connects, my chest pain is directly ontop of my heart and I constantly think i have breast cancer, mvp etc etc. I pretty much think im about to die every day its fucking lovely

    this sucks ass but because of this
    i quit hard drugs
    i quit drinking
    i quit smoking
    i quit being stupid

    i quit everthing in hopes that it would help
    im 20 xD but i officially dont leave my house, i do school online because being out in public with it hurts too much

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  56. has anyone tried cactus juice i heard it helps

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  57. I just got home from three days in hospital. I am 64 yrs. old with large breasts, chronic reflux disease, average weight. I had SEVERE PAIN JUST UNDER MY BREASTS. If I stretched my trunk up, I got a small amount of relief. No other symptoms. Docs were sure I was having heart attack or angina. After many tests - heart ok.

    I've had this severe pain several times in the last three months. It began with a feeling that my BRA BAND was toooooo tight. In the past, it always went away when I took of my bra. Never lasted more than half hour before. THIS TIME, I was sitting in a curled up position reading, and suddenly I felt my bra was too tight, and that same pain came again. But this time, taking off my bra did not help. Pain intensified and lasted over two hours....I was in ER by that time. Pain eventually subsided on its own.

    Docs at hospital "did not know" what it was. On my release papers it says "GERD" and possible "Costochondritis."

    Any thoughts? Can a too tight bra band cause this if you already have reflux disease?

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  58. I had a bad viral upper respiratory infection that involved a lot of strained coughing. I developed this terrible pain under my left breast and sort of over to the side. I was physically holding up my breast with my hand to keep the weight of it from pulling the affected area. I went to the E.R. and was told that I had costocondritis, and I said,"what is that and could you write that down for me?"....The doctor said it was a tearing away of muscle from the chest wall. Due partly from the excessive strained coughing and partly do to the heaviness of my triple D breast size. He gave me pain meds, anti-inflammatories, and meds for the coughing, to ease it as well as loosen it. I got all better with time and never had another episode to date. But after reading this site, I'm sorta wondering what I really had and what others really have that seems very similar.

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  59. Sleep on your back, use curcumin/turmeric EVERYDAY in your diet it's a potent natural SAFE anti-inflammatory. Also stretch carefully and drink lots of water which your body needs to help properly support your joints and cartilidge. I have suffered for many months from costo after a bad chest cold and lots of strained sneezing. I eventually could barely use my upper chest muscles and would have radiating pain and soreness mostly on the upperf left side of my upper chest and right where the sternum is. You can feel with your finger where the tender sore spot is and this is normally where the problem is coming from. Lots of rest, a healthy diet, and low-impact excercise and stretching will eventually help clear it up but don't expect it to go away too quickly it just doesn't work like that. I sprained my finger years ago and it was a good 5 years before it was totally back to normal, and today I can't even tell it ever happened but after bedfing it backwards accidently and damaging the joint it took a long slow process for my body to repair it because I use it everyday. If I did not use it then it becomes stiff and sore and all these same things are true when it comes to your chest and sternum joints. You need to work them out and you need to stay active but you don't want to damage them further so take it easy and enjoy life, it will go away. Turmeric/Curcumin really helps alot and so does natural fresh ginger & plenty of garlic in the diet. Lastly, yoga really helps build your flexibility and increase your breathing ability to oxygenate your body and mind fully. Namaste.

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  60. Hi, I have had cosotochondritis for over a year. It has ruined my life. I have pain everyday. Been from doctors to doctors, ERs, you name it! I am so fed up. I just want my life back:(

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  61. PT worked. I had sharp pain and popping in my right pec.The pain was too severe for me to regularly do pushups A physical therapist found a knot in my back on the same rib that had costochondritis. After several days of stretches, effleurage, and ultrasound the pain lessened greatly. With at home stretches it disappeared in less than a month.

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  62. I have costoshondritis for 14 years.. my back is paining bad at the moment so i take deep breaths to help.. not suppose to.. when i get terrible sore i drink cokd water from the tap it seems to help i dont know why.. doctor wont help much.. i even get cold inside when it flares up..

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  63. Hi ny names aimee , i have been diagnosed with costo for about 2 months now . Mines varies from pain in the middle of my chest to down my left side & across my back. Its beggining to drive me mad , my doctor doesnt seem to know much about it either . I have been off work the past week because i cant sleep at night due to finding it hard to breath ,& having major anxiety because of this . I have been given ant inflammetries & paracetemol just doesnt seem to help & im starting to get really upset i feel like this will never get better :(
    Aimee. X

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  64. Try panodol take them with warm tea.. try cold water to. Might help. Its awfull painfull..

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  65. I asked someone to "crack my back" for me and lay on a big pillow on the floor and took a deep breath and as I let it out they cracked the kink in my back. I immediately had sharp pain in the bottom ribs on both sides and my sternum. Thought the ribs were broken because I have broken ribs before and the pain was the same. My back felt great but...the resulting pain sent me to the doc. He felt and pushed and said they were not broken but I had given myself a great case of C/C. It has been over a week and the pain is terrible and now radiates to my back. I hope it heals soon as it hurts to breath and sleep comfortably but I do make myself breath deep to exercise the area and avoid lung issues. I use naproxen sodium and it seems to help. The morale to all this I guess is if you have a catch in your back, let a professional take care of it. I sympathize with all of you who have suffered for some very long times. I hope mime resolves more quickly as the thought of this for months or years is as unpleasant as I can imagine. Bless you all and I hope you all get better. Thank you for this web page and all of you who posted. It was a great help and relief to know there is hope and I am not alone. Thank you again. Joe

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  66. Hi everyone! I was.diagnosed 2 weeks ago with costro and the right side and center of chest pain is not letting up. my regular doc sent me for an ultrasound and they found a 7.2cm hemangioma on my liver. I am seeing a surgeon for that on Thursday but I cannot tell if the painis from costro or the hemangioma....here is what I have been getting:
    pain and pressure in lower right ribs
    pain in sternum area
    feeling of inflammation inside right side

    any help or advise would be very helpful please!

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  67. I also have really bad pain when driving...almost like a sharp stabbing pain in my bra line and that radiates to a burn around my back...I think from sitting on a hunched position. Does anyone else have these symptoms?

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    1. I have learned that I hunch when reading on my IPad and working on the computer. That is when my pain is the most intense and severe for me. I am trying to be mindful of the relationship between my chin and chest when I type and/or read. Hope this helps.

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  68. Hello, I was glad to find this site! I went to ER early this morning with intense pain from my upper back all the way thru to my chest. The pains were very quick and some so intense I thought I would pass out. I had a few last night when I went to bed, a few more starting at 5:00 am this morning, but none while I was at the ER. They did ekg, cardiac enzymes, inflammatory markers, etc. My heart looked great they said, and my cardiac risk factors very low.
    They also did various x-rays because I've been having neck and upper back stiffness for a few weeks. I've been on ibuprofen and muscle relaxers. Last night when I had my first pain, I hadn't taken meds for about 10 hours because I was starting to feel pretty good.
    Long story short, they never mentioned costo at the hospital. They just prescribed pt and meds for the stiff neck / back.
    I'm just wondering if it's possible that I have costo. I'm going to follow up with the pt and hope the physical therapist knows about this. My pains sometimes come outta nowhere, and sometimes a big breath, lying down, or bending forward will cause it. But the intensity doesn't last. It just hits me like a ton of bricks then I'm immediately ok. Sometimes I do get dull pain in my rhomboid area after the intense pain. I know no one on here can give me a diagnosis, but I just wanted to see if my symptoms sound the same as what others have experienced.
    Sorry this is so long! Ro

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  69. I get relief from homeopathy with NO SIDE EFFECTS.

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  70. To the previous commenter, can you give more details?

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  71. I have had costo for 5mths now. I was feeling better so went swimming yesterday. Now I'm right back where I started with such intense pain.

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  72. My name is Anita .....I just want to cry ! I have terrible popping grating sounds and pain in my entire sternum ....i went through the same thing 4 years ago and after intense tests and a bone scan ...doctors found an abnormality in my spine which they diagnosed as spinal tuberculosis....went through 10months of horror from the medications , sometimes wanting to end my life because the medswere causing havoc in my brain .....well four years hence ...have terrible grating and crackling in the same areas ..NOW the docs say I have costochondritis ...hey !!!!!!! I told the docs I had costo then ..why did they treat me for tb !!!! I am going through physical and mental crap ...so happy I am reading that I'm not alone .....fed up of everyone telling me I am a hypochondriac ! I am battling through pain and breathing problems daily but getting on with life ....unfortunately I have absolutely no support from family or friends .....they are all closed minded and do not even bother to find out if what I describe is real ...I read the messages from this help line and feel like I have found someone who finally understands the pain .....

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  73. I scheduled an Intercostal Nerve Block procedure a month from now. It is under fluroscopy and I hope it goes well.

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  74. I've had Costochondritis for over a year. Tried everything from chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, cold laser therapy and nothing worked. I was considering a nerve block or cortisone shot when my I started taking 1oz of Liquid Glucosamine every day. Within a couple days the tension and stabbing pain was gone and I felt tremendous relief that I could return to my normal life.

    Hope this helps for others as an alternative to end the suffering.

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  75. Ive suffered with Costochondritis for about 25 years and OMG im having a bout right now and it hurts really bad, the pain in my back is getting worse, but you cant touch any area around the chest, so very painful, almost feels swollen ... im moving house and i think i may have lifted a box that was a little too heavy. I also have Lupus and im sure its connected when i have a flare up... I sympathise with anyone who has this, its so debilitating.

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  76. NB: Costovertebral Joint Sprain is not even mentioned in this article, obviously it should be! It's similar to Costochondritis, but affects the rib joint at the other end, where it attaches to the vertebra, as opposed to the sturnum.

    I've had popping rib joints, at the spine for about 3 years now, with an acidic/warm/irritated right lung the whole time. I've decided I either got CJS or lung cancer. My intercostal rib muscles have felt torn for about 3 years too.
    I'm 40 and have been training professionally the whole time, 15 miles running with 2.5hrs weights per week, taking only Sunday off. This would explain CJS.
    However, I've been smoking skunk heavily too, right down to the hot roach, daily for 10 years! So, I should really have lung cancer. They say smoking 1 joint (without a filter) is like smoking 15 cigarettes!
    Pretty stupid, but I've been quite depressed and obviously, as anti-depressants are just placebos for the mentally weak, skunk is the only drug to help you forget the nasty memories/grief.

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  77. THANK YOU! I feel like at least there are people out there who understand and that goes a LONG way!!!!

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  78. Hi nice Post written by you guys. It is amazing and wonderful to visit your site. Thank a ton for such a nice post.

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  79. Thanks for the info. i just read that chest surgery can cause costo so I was wondering if breast reduction surgery can cause it.

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    1. I had a routine surgery on my left breast due to mastitis, and few months after that I started to feel pain on my left chest and shoulder. I was then diagnosed with CC, and I am convinced that's how it started.

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  80. Hi I'm new to the forum and Want to know can your nipples feel sore and your breast feel like it's on fire

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    1. Consult your GP, it sounds like breast infection rather than CC.

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    2. I have had Costo for years and yes when I am hurting in certain spots my breasts hurt, and my nipples will get hard and hurt. It can make them hurt!

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  81. I was diagnosed with Costochondritis five days ago in the A&E dept.I am in agony. Left side beneath left breast.Dont recall causing injury, I had a mammogram 2 weeks ago which i always find extremely uncomfortable and wondered if this pressure of scan could have caused it. I also suffer with gastric reflux and after reading previous blogs Im now thinking this might be the cause.Whatever caused it dosnt matter but al i know is I cant cope with the pain. I cant take anti inflammatory s due to gastritis ( I have been using difene gel) Taking Paracetamol 6hrly as they are about the only pain killers i can take. I just hope and pray it dosnt last too long.
    Extreme pain when I cough or sneeze, so painful laying down in bed, especially when i need to turn from one side to the other. Ive never known pain like it, apart from having my children of course!!
    Good to find this site although disappointing to read how long some people have suffered with it, i was hoping it would only last a week or two.

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  82. Hi . I am so glad i found this site, I haven't been diagnosed with Costo but it sounds very similar to what I suffer or have just started to suffer with. Just over a month ago I felt like someone had hit me in my right boob, for a few days after I had a very strange pain in my chest when it came on I had to lean forward - then it would go off - what I did noticed was that the pain when not in my chest was in my shoulder blades very intense. I thought I was having a heart attack. I went to A&E, they did a chest xray, they checked for a blood clot and also did an ECG, everything was normal. They sent me away with some anti biotics for a water infection and some painkillers. I went to see my doc, told her I was worried about the pain in my right breast which is where I feel it. She examined me and said the tenderness is not in breasts but in my ribs, she said i have done some damage, and gave me anti infalmorties (excuse the spelling). So Im a few days into taking the pain killers and the pain has subsided a lot - I can still feel a tender spot at the front of my chest sometimes its more like a dull ache that comes and goes. But the real problem comes when I wear a bra - now not wearing a bra is not an option for me I have quite large boobs so after about half hour of wearing a bra .. i got the ache in my shoulder .. my right boob feels like its being squashed or that its bigger than the other ??? but its not it just feels like it .. I just wanted to know if this sounds like anybody else experience please. I hope Ive given enough information. thank you in anticipation.

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    1. Hi there.
      I am so grateful to hear everyone's experiences because you can begin to feel its all psychological!
      I am recovering from Plantar Fascitis too so the double whammy is not fun!
      I have had the pain in my right side for years,its been getting worse and I am not sure the Dr has his diagnosis right!
      Scans have shown nothing.
      In the meantime may I join all of you please?
      Yvonne

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    2. Anonymous, Your condition sounds a lot like mine. I was recently diagnosed with Costo after going to the doctor for mild and intermittent (several times a day and for only a moment) pain in and under my right breast. And, yes, my breast feels like it's being squashed sometimes when I'm wearing a sports bra. Left breast doesn't ever feel that way. This has been going on for a month or two now. I was reading all of these posts trying to figure out if Costo could be this painless -- I'm only in pain for a few seconds a day. But, my chest is a little bit sore when I press it on the right side near the sternum next to my breast.

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  83. Hello out there...

    My pain is soreness in my sternum (breast bone). I am not in constant pain, but there is soreness that, on moving in certain ways, I can feel it in my neck, shoulders and under my right arm. I noticed the pain after a severe bout with Type B influenza. I coughed a lot, and my chest felt sore. I also have severe allergies, and a year-round, croupy, seal-like (barking) cough. The cough is not constant, but seems to be precipitated by post-nasal drainage.

    I have noticed that prolonged bouts in front of the computer, as well as hours of IPad usage seem to aggravate this sternum (breast bone) soreness. The flexing of the chin on the chest seems to place added stress on the rib cage and chest.

    I went to an excellent Chiropractor today, who indicated she believes this is secondary to both the influenza virus as well as the severe coughing for 2 weeks. She did some good body work with me, and sent me home with directions to apply moist heat off and on.

    I really want to learn more about the heavy breast - costochondritis connection, as well as the wired bra - costochondritis connection as I have heavy breasts and I wear almost exclusive "wired bras".

    So glad I found this blog, and many thanks for all of the wonderful information that is being shared.

    May I join all of you as well?

    Carolyn

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    1. Hi Carolyn, when this all started for me i couldn't wear a bra for an hour. I do think things are improving, as I can wear an underwired bra for most of the day now without feeling like I need to rip it off … but there are still niggles - Ive read a lot on the internet about it being hard to wear a bra when suffering with costochondritis. I have also been for an ultrasound on the affected breast which showed nothing unusual, so I can only put it down to this injury which I believe is costochondritis.

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  84. Hi everybody, I don't know yet if I have costo but I have all these symptoms, long time ago I was in a car accident and I fracture my sternum, that was very painfull I recovered from that well, now I been having a peculiar pain for a lot of time on the left side of my breast, I told my doctor just in case it was my spleen, he checked and said no that I was fine, this little pain is been there, but like 2 or 3 weeks ago I started with all this discomfort in my sternum area, under my breast, and I also have heartburn for the past 2 years (taking med for that) I'm currently seen the doctor, they did an xray, blood test, aldo need to do an upper Gi series to rule out and hernia in that area.... so my questions is can costo can be affecting me now after so many years from that car accident? almost 20 years... I will appreciate your comments..... Oh at night it get worse, in the morning is much better...thanks

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  85. I have had Costo for years, only been diagnosed with it since last year, I hurt all the time, the meds the Dr gives help but not completely. I feel that Dr's don't take me seriously, stress really makes it worse. I am to the point where I am about to loose hope that I will ever feel normal again. I am 29 and I can't do hardly anything. No more working out, not even situps. I can't cut my grass or bathe my dogs or carry groceries. Heck just pushing a cart around the store is painful. Will this ever go away or will I have it forever. Dr's say it heals like a muscle but mine gets worse with each week that goes by.

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  86. My name is Tallan and I have been diagnosed with Costo for bout a year now. But have been living with the pain for about 3 years now. I have been through lots of meds that haven't helped. Right now I am on Gabapentin and Naproxen, my pain level is always at 4, meds don't help much. I have flare ups daily. I thought Costo was supposed to heal, but mine seems to get worse with each day. Recently I have been having panic attacks because of the stress that being in pain causes, I was having a panic attack the other day and my friend gave me a peach Xanax and it helped a lot,that is the closest to normal I have felt in years. But I don't think that if I tell the dr this they will believe me, they will prolly think I just want to be on Xanax. In which case I wish I could take nothing and just be normal. I can't work, mow my lawn, workout,etc. My life has changed drasticly, I cry a lot and hurt all the time and just want some relief. What do I do?? Does this heal or will I have it forever. What do I do??

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    1. I too have been dealing with the same thing for about 5 months now. My pain is mostly in my left side though and I am a male. I have also had panic or anxiety attacks when the pain is there and took xanax to calm myself. I've noticed that the pain is almost non existent after taking the tablet. (I only take half of the peach colored tab) I have heard that stress and anxiety can add to costo flare ups. I have been dealing with a lot of stress at my job before the initial pain occurred and I am wondering if they are related. Hangin there.

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  87. Hi my name is Teresa, have had costochondritis for about 6 years, it will drive you nuts however there are several things I have noticed help me most. First thing is lots of water, drinking water and staying away from sugary drinks helped me some. Also I do all decaf drinks, so if I decide to do a soda here and there it's decaf. when the weather is cold or rainy OUCH, so I usually use heat heat heat on the area that is bothering me most. I am in love with aspercreme, it helps relieve some of the inflamed feeling enough where you can get some rest. I know not everyone's pain is going to be the same. The important thing is to be pro active and find what works for you best. The anxiety you have with this is totally normal, I always thought in the beginning I had cancer or heart problems which lead to lots of anxious scenarios. I wish all of you who suffer lots of progress and love. It's a battle, but keep trying to find what is the best methods for you and your costo journey :)

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    1. Thanks for your feedback Teresa, I also use aspercreme, and I drink lots of lemon water. The heating pad is my best friend! And yes I do worry that the Dr's are wrong, I had a sacral tumor at 17, so I fear I have a tumor. My pain gets immense at times, all I can do is cry and that makes it worse cause I get emotional. You have had it for 6 years, wow, is this something that will go away? From what info says about it that it should heel like a muscle but it doesn't. I am just looking to talk to others woth Costo aand share experiences with this, just for a piece of mind.
      Sincerely, Tallan

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  88. I gave my dogs a bath yesterday, I have 3 but 2 are big, and today I am hurting and swelling soo bad. My body just isn't the same with Costo.
    Tallan

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  89. Lucy and all,
    I have been suffering with Costo since 2004 and believe me, like all others have tried numerous things to try and alleviate the pain. I can work in yard sometimes and it doesn't bother me, but yet I can bend to pick up a piece of paper or turn on my side while asleep and I have to endure painful days and nights until I can rest it. I have found a natural pain reducer that has helped me and I don't always have to take muscle relaxers or other chemical based pain relievers. I have tried two kinds of the natural and I have found that the PAIN X that I purchased from an ortho Dr really does help, but after taking for over a week my stomach gets a burning sensation so I think the Curiman (sp?) is the best. If you are looking for an alternative med that helps, this would be my recommendation. Both are actually helpful. When Costo is mixed with a pinched nerve and fibro..it can be hard to tell sometimes what the exact cause is. ALso too, I saw an iridiolgist (?) and he told me I was low on magnesioum, I starting taking one tsp daily for about 2 months and after reading up..magnesium promotes bone health and it seemed to help with the inflammation too. Just passing on info that has seemed to help. Thanks and goos luck all!

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  90. I don't know if i have costochondritis but where my bra is i get alot of burning that goes around to my back and upper chest burns and under my chin burns too . i have stenosis in my neck and my lower back is bad too so i don't know if i am getting the burning pain from the stenosis or if it is the costochondritis . whatever it is i don't feel like i can live with this pain much longer . I am 54 and i feel like i am alot older .when i go to the doctors they just brush me off and give me more norco's that only take edge off . i also have burning pain at the base of my skull and doctor said it was my occiptal never , so life is not good . i feel so sorry for everyone on here and hope you all the best .Pamela Behan 4-26-2013

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  91. Pamela:
    I'm not sure if that is related to costo or not. I have recently experienced burning sensations too.Once I went to ER and a female DR came to me and pressed the spot on the bone (rib) right under my left breast towards the middle of my chest and I thought I would go through the roof. It still hurt 5-10 minutes after she had pressed it.She didn't have to go any further. Also, I had tried a chiropractor and I told him I had costo and he said and I bet this spot hurts. He had pressed a spot on my back area (thoratic nerve) or something like that. Well I noticed since then that if I have someone rub that spot out (it is painful) that sometimes that will help with some of the pain. I have been suffering with Costo since 2004 and I have tried ALOT of things. It can get bad sometime and I get tired of always hurting. Like I said in my earlier post. the natural pain med called Curiman does help with the inflammation and relieves some of the pain. I was totally amazed at the relief that it gave me. It is somewhat expensive (about 39 dollars a bottle) but I would rather pay that and get relief and not hurt or not hurt as bad.Good Luck.

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  92. I have recently found an article about honey, and it said to warm a coffee cup of water and add 1 tablespoon honey and 1 teaspoon cinnamon, heat stir and drink every morning, it is supposed to help with Arthritis and inflammation and all kinds of other stuff, so I have been drinking this every morning for a week and I really think it is helping! So maybr try this. I am looking for healthy alternatives to medication and this is one thing I have found so far! Tallan

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  93. Finally i found an article about the costochondritis that could help me,now i know how to try healing it.My life is hard because of this stupid syndrome all day long im dying because of the pain,its the same as having 20 heart attack per day.

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    1. Alex, the best thing you can do is get yourself totally checked out from head to foot so you know you're healthy. After that's done, go to a Rheumatologist or a Sports Medicine Doctor... in my experience both are used to dealing w/ people w/ muscle/skeletal pain. I take Aleve now, once a day, twice if I'm hurting and during a flare, get PT to get streched out. Feel better my friend... I lived through the anxiety... it was awful. No more anxiety meds for me (about 3 years now)... trust me, you'll get much better at dealing w/ it! Again, this stuff won't kill you!!!

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  94. I found this page looking for what's wrong with me, I've been to the doctor and in the physical, after a mammogram, they started concentrating on the right side, so I have had to wait on the left side pain! THANKS for posting this, I knew it was something, but basically "nothing" as they say! love to you!!

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  95. I'm 47 years old, male and have had Costo for 6 - 7 years. More than half the battle is simply not being scared out of your wits!!! Always, always, always, make sure you get all the 'bad stuff' checked out... problems w/ heart, GI, ect. After you get a clean bill of health, just realize this stuff will not kill you... it's literally just a pain. Same as arthritis in the knee... except you're is in the chest. The reason I like this site so much is that it talks about how the pain may start in the chest, but radiate around the rib cage to your back and also cause muscle aches/pain in your shoulders/bicepts. Again, get a clean bill of health and after that work on strategies to keep the stress down, stay limber and deal w/ Costo flares. Take care! I have Chronic Costo... comes and goes... but is much, much more manageable after years of learning some tricks to deal w/ it.

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  96. ive costochondritis 4 months now and still taking anti infammitaries 2 vivomo a day and 8 tylex painkillers a day along with using pain killing spray . i tried to not take anything for 24 hours and i was in a hell of a lot of pain. im getting physio one a week he uses dry needle treatment and deep tissue massage. im in a hell of a lot of pain for the rest of the day after that. i walk every day and use the exercise bike in the local gym when im not feeling as much pain . ive been told ive to lose 40lb in weight to get back down to 13 stone as the extra weight on my chest isnt helping. nobody knows if its chronic chostochondritis . its a life sentence if not treated . im doing everything possible to get better . i tell ya the old saying the body is a temple respect it. well i didnt so its kicked the crap out of me . time to get healthy

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  97. So glad I found this site, I've had this since January, ended up in hospital for a week, after 2 consultants told me they thought I had stomach cancer, this diagnosis was a relief, after another endoscopy cancer was ruled out which is great but this pain is horrendous, I've tried lots of different medication, the stronger painkillers do help but doc will only prescribe for so long, I had the cortisone injections a few weeks back and felt worse than ever, I'm not having them again, I'm now on naproxen and tramadol, they do help although dont take away the pain completely, it's so hard to live a normal life, I can't exercise, I struggle at work, I just hope this is something that goes sooner rather than later, sorry to hear about those who have suffered for years, my heart goes out to you all x

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  99. i keep getting told from the local hospital and my GP that there is no time frame in getting better with costochondritis and that they dont know if its cronic as uve to have it for years for that to be told . why are doctors so cloak and dagger about the honest truth about this condition. everyone on here who suffers from this whats to know honest truthful answers . ive got this 5 months now and im still taking a lot of medication and get physio treatment . but even the physio says the same as the GP if the pain gets livible and you can work with it then there job is done . there has to be a treatment for us sufferers of this very painful condition

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  100. Costo Pains GONE

    Hey everyone, after a long road with random, worsening chest pains I finally found the problem and a quick test people can perform to see if they're in the same boat.

    I've been experiencing chest pains for the past 2 years. After going to my physician multiple times, and taking multiple heart exams to rule out any cardiac (heart related) problems (i took an MRI, Sonogram of my heart, EKG and wore a halter monitor for 2 weeks). In the end he diagnosed me with Costo and gave me naproxen to alleviate the pain and told me it should clear up in a few weeks.

    The Naproxen worked great and fast but it wasn't the solution, it just stopped the pain for a few hours and then the chest pains would return. After the pain got worse and I started experiencing some extreme bloating after eating and irregular bowel movements I realized that they might be linked and it might be something in my diet.... and it was!

    After alot of reading and self diagnosis, I realized I have a gluten sensitivity, I'm not sure if it's full blown Celiac Disease (I'm still waiting to take a blood test and biopsy).

    Celiac disease is also known as "Wheat allergy" which is the number one source of gluten in our diets. Once I removed all wheat products from my diet the chest pains were virtually gone within a few days. Gluten is found in more foods than just wheat (its in alot of processed foods) so it takes much more effort to go 100% gluten free and 100% free of these chest pains if you're in the same boat.

    THE TEST - So anyone on this page who is still sufferring from Costo pains I highly recommend you go on a gluten free diet for a few days and see if you feel better. It's fairly easy to do and may help pin point the problem especially if you've been misdiagnosed which commonly happens with this. I could go on for days about what i've found out but here are a few resources that helped me:

    http://nataliejillfitness.com/about/being-celiac

    http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/topic/6788-chest-pain

    http://www.celiac.com/articles/182/1/Unsafe-Gluten-Free-Food-List-Unsafe-Ingredients/Page1.html

    http://www.fitsugar.com/Surprising-Foods-Contain-Gluten-15163537

    http://www.theceliacdiva.com/the-diva-interviewed-about-celiac-disease

    All the best and don't forget to pay it forward and help the next guy or girl out if you find something helpful.

    Rich from NYC

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  101. Hi - posting to share my own costo experience, and just to see if anyone has had/is having any sort of similar experience.

    I had costo for the first time in highschool in 2004, it was bad for a year and a half or so before it "went away" for a good while. Doc diagnosed it on first visit actually. Tried lots of different longterm NSAIDs, tried muscle relaxants, yada yada. One thing that i KNOW actually did help it subside it for a time was a 5 day steroid tapered dose pack... but that didn't solve it forever. Other things I tried: professional PT where I got therapy laser and ice pack with very short elliptical/treadmill sessions, I went on slow hikes/walks most days, and was in a PT yoga class once or twice a week that was mostly stretches and relaxation techniques. BUT I'd stopped those additional things months before the costo mysteriously departed, so i can't really say how much those things helped.

    Since then I occasionally (3-6x a year) have brief flares up of varying degrees but usually only lasting a couple days long to a week. For me I have noticed the flare ups seem to occur after a period of unhealthy eating/drinking, not exercising, and mild fat gain... Happen at other times too, but I am never surprised to have a 1-2 day costo flare up after 2+ weeks of "unhealthy living" and always take it as a sign to get back on track (and yes i know i shouldn't get off track in the first place but life happens...) The flare ups have been so short that i haven't gone to a doctor for costo since 2005.

    Other History of unknown relevance: body form of psoriasis in 2009 for about 2.5 months (no recurrence on THAT... however, currently I have mild scalp psoriasis, had for 2-3 years that I do see a dermatologist for. (Another fun condition that is very hard to "mediate" and may be immune system related)

    More Other: ive had anxiety and sleeping problems for a LONG time - have briefly mentioned said things to doctors in past but never really tried to get medical help for either, I suppose mostly because I did not want to be put on any drugs for either, but may be getting to that point (am thinking about it). I have tried some of the relaxation/non-medical techniques for both - somedays helpful but not helpful frequently enough on their own.

    At present, about a week ago I developed a seemingly random back sprain with lots of muscle spasming - concurrently w/a bad costo flare up. First 2-3 days I was on some heavy muscle relaxants and pain med as well as NSAID, i managed but hey i was drugged out and probably slept all but like 3 hours one day lol. Not on meds now, seemed to be healing although slowly, but then today i was hurting more than yesterday. I've also been on and off quite nauseous the past few days

    SO ya that is where I am currently at! I am on this site because I am worried I am in for a longer bought of costo...... and because I am worried at how i seem to be accumulating medical conditions (im only 26 and i prefer to have a very active lifestyle; being slowed down or inhibited by things like costo drive me nuts)

    Anybody else have any combination of these things? Suggestions? I read quite a few of the posts above and will scan more of them later, I appreciated hearing other's experiences.



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  102. I was diagnosed with Costo 2 months ago after pain in my chest. The doctor told me its common in people who suffer from Anxiety which i have.My life is extremely stressful and my Costo is just making things worst. I feel like crying so bad but i'm not giving up on finding relief. I'm deathly allergic to Aspirin and Ibuprofen so those are out of the question.

    I have heard amazing things about Serrapeptase for this so i ordered a bottle and hope and pray it works.

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  103. Hi All,
    One day I woke up and felt heaviness in my right breast.The next day I was having a sharp pain on my back near the bra hook. I felt as if I am wearing a very tight bra so its hurting. Later I went to gynecologist, had undergone several hormonal tests, mammography and even MRI but nothing came out in the reports. last year I was diagnosed with costochondritis. I was taught some stretching exercises but it did not work out. I am an IT professional. have to work for 10 hrs and then 2 hrs of journey. I feel so hopeless. No doctor can help me or understand my pain. I am dying every day due to the pain. It radiated towards my shoulders and neck as well and sometimes towards my hand. I an unable to concentrate on my work. I want to work hard but my health is degrading me. I can not concentrate. It affected my rating too. I just pray to God everyday. I am waiting for that day when it will go away completely. I will get a new life then. I am bearing this pain since 4 years and now I feel like ending up my life. Even cancer has a cure now but why no treatment for costochondtitis. Only people suffering from costochondritis can understand my problem as it can not be seen. I look healthy but I am dying from inside. I can not wear fitting clothes or a good bra. I have to wear the loose ones. I was a very fashionable girl 4 years back but this pain has made me so lazy and pessimistic. Please advice something.
    PS: I don't have other symptoms like breathing problems. I do have large breasts but Its just the pain and pressure that is making my life worse everyday. Please advice something my friends. I really need it and I am desperate to get rid of this pain and focus on my career. I am getting married soon. I a really scared how will I survive with this pain. Please guys help me :(:(

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    1. I'm right there with you. I'm IT as well and it is a challenge to concentrate on what you are doing with the pain. Mine comes out of the left side about 3-4" below the SC joint. I swell and ache. I have massage therapy and the lady realized that the tight muscles she was working on in my back were actually most likely the rib heads pushing up from the chest swelling as I was lying on my stomach. The pain is all the time. I have a half-day of little pain once a week or so. Walking does help. Aspirin helps also but walking really seemed to reduce pain for me. Try 3-4 walks a day at about 15-20 minutes. With your schedule it may be hard and some employers really get cranky with employees taking longer breaks and working a bit longer to make up for it. I think IT is one of the hardest professions for suffering from this. My birthday was a few days ago and I spent most of the day with heating pads and cooling pads trying to get enough of the pain to go away to go to dinner with family. I sleep with a heating pad on low almost all the time so I can get some sleep. Ambien has become my friend to get some sleep on a regular basis. Just remember you aren't alone. I read these boards sometimes to remind myself of that too. I am seeing a doctor now who specializes in bones, muscles and nerves. She didn't treat me like I was crazy or the pain was in my head. I am going for an MRI to see what we can see for the inflammation and then we will probably try strain / counter-strain therapy. Don't give up. People won't understand that you are always in pain but don't give up.

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  104. Hi All.
    I am male. For the last 8 months I have been suffering from debilitating chest pain. They've ruled out everything except something musculoskeletal. Since I was put on a regimen of omeprazole (Prilosec) most of the burning has subsided, a burning which was apparently associated with reflux due to a very small hiatal hernia. Every morning I waske up with a gripping pain between my right breast and esophagus. I'm beginning to think I have costochondritis. Comes and goes in intensity, but is there everyday. Hurts to twist or bend or lift. I should also mention that this pain was precipitated by a sudden decrease in exercise and huge increase in stress and stress eating for a period of 3 months last winter. Somebody help me please.

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    1. Ron, don't give up. Doctors don't understand but we do. Find a doctor that specializes in muscles and nerves. Can you pinpoint your area of pain? If you feel the pain and press on your ribs or between them gently is there a "hot spot" of swelling? I get some relief from heat / cool and using a strong muscle rub over the area of pain which for me is my left chest from about 3 or 4 ribs down up to my clavicle. My left clavicle will actually stand out further when my swelling is bad. See if there is a sports medicine or pain management specialist you can see. Unfortunately we end up living with the pain while we try to find the right doctor for our issue. Medicine doesn't seem well suited to actually curing the patient any longer so now we have to do the extra work to find a physician who both understands what we are going through and will help us through it. Don't give up.

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  106. I need some advice. I'm 21 I had a car crash in May 2012 resulting in whip-lash and chest pain from the seat belt quite badly. I was on the way to the beach and wearing a bikini, I believe the metal balls on my bikini may have been squashed into my chest. I went to the hospital afterward as I felt very ill. I wasn't x-rayed because they can't do anything for chest injuries, they apparently just heal themselves. I was told to rest and given pain medication, and I should be OK in a week or two, as long as the pain didn't worsen, the pain was mainly on the left side. I went back to the doctors after this because the pain had gotten worse and I was given different pain meds. After a while I did get a little better but there was always a niggle in my left side, It didn't feel like bone but an internal prod/pull/tightening between my ribs, near my sternum, and in what felt like the muscle on top of them, it got worse when driving, I felt comfort when massaging the area and applying heat. Then in February I started a new job and it got much worse. I went back to the doctors because my chest pain was getting significantly worse and now on both sides of my chest and in my back, here it was unbearable to touch at all and I had to stop working for a while. Here I was diagnosed with Costochondritis and given strong anti-inflammatory medication. He believed that this was work related and not related to the crash.

    It is now August 2013 and I can now distinguish between Costo and the other pain/sensation.. Costo was a hot, very severe type of pain which limits my movement and daily life. But I still have this other pain mainly on my left side but sometimes on the right near the 3rd/4th rib near the sternum. It will not go away and it gets worse if I'm cold, or feeling run down. It makes me want to curl up to relieve the sensation or stretch out. It feels tight in the morning and it sometimes restricts my inhalation after sleeping on my front or side. It also cracks on a daily basis. It isn't excruciating, but enough to make me feel very uncomfortable. It doesn't affect my daily life but when i feel the pain it makes me exhale or inhale with discomfort. Like a flash of pain and I have to rub the area. So much so people notice and ask if I'm okay. I take over the counter meds almost daily and if its particularly uncomfortable when I'm driving long distances. I need some answers, I have had an ECG to rule out my heart and blood tests to ensure there was no joint swelling or arthritis.

    What is this pain? Has anyone experienced this before? Is it just my seat belt injury healing? Did the crash create a weakness? Since it has healed a bit, has the crash brought on trauma related Costochondritis?

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  107. I suffer from Costo often. The first onset was intense. I thought I was having a heart attack. We went to the ER and they couldn't find anything wrong with me. My husband and I refused to believe that the severe pain is nothing. The ER recommended that I follow up with my GP. I did. He is an osteopath. The first thing he did was have me lay down for an exam. He touched my breastbone and I thought I was going to go thru the roof. He looked at me and said you have costochondritis. I asked him what it was and he explained to me. He said that there is an chiropractic adjustment that will help alleviate the symptoms. He performed it and I started to cough after I sat up and he said that was normal. In the next 24 hours I had almost no pain. The costo was gone within 48 hours. As I sit here and type this post suffering from another attack, i want to say, i feel for all of you who have ever suffered from this. Luckily my doctor has rotating weekends with other doctors on Saturdays and i am going to see him tomorrow morning!

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  108. Hello
    I was diagnosed in jan with this and still going through it today. It is so painful in feb and march i was given 14 steriod shots in a month which lead to cushings . It has been horrible experience and still suffering day to day. I am so happy to have seen this posts and get ideas on what i should try.

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  109. I was diagnosed w/ costo but mine seems a bit different, it started in May after visiting a local trampoline event we had for work. My pain is in my mid back and the same on both sides. It hurt when I breathe, twist, bend, get up from bed, etc. I DON'T have pain in my chest - everything I am reading all over the internet refers to the chest when talking about costo....has anyone out there experienced this? HELP!!

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  110. Was diagnosed with Cosoto by my GP just over a week ago. Thanks for this useful incite, definitely one to save in the favourites! Im F, 23 from UK..fyi, it affects youngsters too!

    However - I am still concerned it is something more serious just because of how painful it is?! I've had bloods, chest x-ray and ECG checked and are all "normal" but when people touch my sternum, it really does not bother me?? Anyone else been diagnosed with costo but are not sensitive to touch?

    For me its the back spasms usually in the evenings and early mornings and the constant "dull ache" under/behind my left breast. I've been put on Naproxen (anti imflammatory tabs twice daily) and given some co codamol but releuctant to take them due to their addictive quality. So I'm saving them for days when its really bad that I just do not want to move..hot water bottle helps me too by the way.

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  111. Hi im a 14 year old boy and my doctor said i have costochondritis.
    should i still tryout for my school basketball team next week

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  112. Thank you for this forum. I have been suffering with this for a while now and thought I was going crazy, imagining my symptoms and in general being a beyotch beyond belief. I was ready to just give up but now feel like I can at least point my doc in the right direction. Tired of all the tests coming back negative, there's nothing showing up as wrong. Cardiologist tells me that even though it's not showing something, doesn't mean there's nothing there - we just haven't found it yet. Fine and dandy but it's my money she's spending. At least now I can think of ways to see if I can get some relief outside the hospital testing labs. Thanks again!

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  113. Wow, this is just what I needed to read tonight. Thank you. I have had CFS for 20 years :( and this horrible chest pain started this year. Trips to emergency, tests etc etc and conclusion is injury from suddenly doing (coaching) discus (of course without warming up!). I still have panic attacks thinking it's me heart :(

    I do get strange, very mild, tingling in my arms though, esp left, which scares me even more!! Anyone else get that?? Pain can change so much, mainly sternum (hurts A LOT to touch!) and ribs, but also downleft side, up neck and cramped back. So over it!!

    Also wondering if I need to take a break from netball? I only play shooter, keeper because of the CFS.

    Are there any scans that can prove it to myself to prevent panic attacks?? Xray didn't show anything.

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  114. Hello all, I'm just wondering if any ladies here got their first "flair up" while pregnant? With my first kid it was really bad but I thought it was all just being pregnant, like maybe his feet in my ribs or something. After he was born it was gone! YES! then a year and a half later my husband and I decided we wanted another kid. Again in the later stages of pregnancy my ribs hurt so bad I was crying and just wanting to get this kid out of me because last time I gave birth and miraculously I was good. But it didn't work that way this time. Since I had my daughter I have around 7 days a month of "flair ups". I had to wean my daughter off breast feeding to start naproxen (which does nothing for me really, I just feed bad for weaning) Some days I cant even pick up either of my kids. The other day my son made me cry by mashing my ribs, and I felt so bad that he saw me crying and in pain because he was just trying to play. My doctor has told me now that I MAY have scoliosis but what is he doing about it... NOTHING. No referrals to specialists, no referrals for trying to figure this out, all he says is don't pick up your kids and pop this pill... I cant even take the pills anymore because the t3s have eaten my stomach I think. Just frustrating, and all I want is someone to look at it and give me actual advice on how to make this better for me and my family. I'm not a nice person while I'm in the midst of a flair up. ... Thank you for letting me vent...

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  115. How long should you wait after costo clears before you can go to the gym again?

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  116. Simply reading your wonderful article make me feel psychologically better. I'm 25 and i occasionally have costochondritis. Yesterday night i couldn't sleep at all :'( I had to sleep a lot on my back. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  117. Hi, Had this for 8 months now - I'm so fed up of it. I really need to get on with my life. Gets worse during the day so I'm tired in the evenings and need all the sleep I can get. I think I'm stuck in a stress cycle at the moment, new job which I don't like and aware of my physical limitations due to the costo. Other folks don't understand what it is like either. Anti-inflammatory don't seem to touch it. I'm a 47 yr old female.

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    1. I know how you feel, all my friends and coworkers just think I'm crazy...
      Sometimes I think I'm going to have a heart attack , and I'll get pains , shortness of breath headache. Then next day I'll feel better. Usually exercise will make it worse I find. I've done all the tests and the notable to diagnose it properly. But being I got punched in the chest its most likely costo lol fml

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  118. I'm a 36 yr old female who was diagnosed w costo about a month ago. I am almost certain it was caused by a combo of gastro issues and repetitive motion (I was raking and bending a lot in my yard). A chest exray confirmed inflammation. I went through the panic attacks with lots of scary tingling of extemities and sleepless nights. I was getting very nauseous and fatigued at the same time so saw a gastroenterologist. Got put on omneprezole and think it's helping. Also the zanex for sleep works wonders. Having this really sucks. It has knocked me out for weeks. Miss playing outside with my kids and walking dogs. Feel for all of you suffering with this.

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  119. Hi my name is Justin ive had costochondritis for about 10 years now and when i first got it whenever i got pain or a twinge in my chest i was scared it was something serious like my heart and got it checked out, after finding out it was this (costochondritis) i was told it was in my case brought on by stress even though i am a young man, the pains i experience are the regular sore ribs tender to touch back pain uncomfortable feeling in my arms, at times it has been bad to put up with the pain but i think a big factor in decreasing the effects of the pain after ruling out anything sinister is not to worry every about it, i have tried medications but none worked so i was desperate to find something that helped and tried some different approaches like taking up yoga eating more natural foods fruit and veg, each day i take honey and cinnamon and luckily i have never been hampered during physical exercise from the pain but since ive made these few changes my costochondritis has not been as strong or as constant, im just writing this to say what has helped me and if any of these changes ive made help someone else i'll be glad.

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  120. Well I hope I can add some hope for y'all. I have had CT for 3 years after a bad car wreck. My right rib is the wort, then my sternum (from the impact of the seat belt) and my left rib (the car drove into my driver side door-while I was driving). Anyways I get treatment at Brigham and Women's Pain Clinic outside of Boston. I get trigger point injections to ease the pain. The shots are very painful, a couple days to recover f and then I feel like a million bucks for months at a time. The more active I am (runner, golf, skier, gym nut) the quicker it comes back-but 100% this helps. The shots themselves can be conducted at the pain clinic-they don't put you under-so you just need a ride. In and out (under xray) within 1 hour. I schedule them on a Friday so I have the weekend to recuperate. Its the only thing that helps me-always make sure your insurance provider covers this!!! Stephanie (@stepheeg)

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  121. Coming back on here for some more support (Last posted October 2013) My name is Lydia by the way.

    Do any of you sufferers just get a dull ache in your left side of chest? Feels like its coming from middle of my breast. Doctors have reassured me they think its Costo but I just am not convinced what so ever.

    The back pains/radiating heat that happened once back in October have never happened since - and pressing around the area and on my sternum where the dull ache is just doesnt hurt at all. Its the fact the ache is there that concerns me more :(

    What would you guys do? head back to the doctors?
    Cheers

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  123. I have costochondritis now for a couple years. But today on driving home I got a sharp severe pain in my chest while driving. It was like so kind of wave came over me and gave me such a strange feeling I broke out into a clammy sweat aswell. As anyone else experienced this. I hadn't eatin anything in 5 hours and I think perhaps acid reflux caused this. I got really really worried about t but it has passed now I just have a dull pain in the chest. Can anyone relate t this guys?

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  125. I was diagnosed this week with costochondritis. I have been having digestive issues and originally thought thats what it was. Thank God my primary dr fit me in the very next day and gave me this diagnosis. I have never heard of it before. My pain is excruciating at times. I have given birth naturally and the birthing pain is minor compared to what I have felt this past week from Costo. I quickly set up an appointment with a rheumatologist. My primary doesnt seem to know much and I am finding so many mixed messages online. All I know is I want this to go away!!!!!!!!!! It has taken over my life this past week. I have a 3 month old baby that I can hardly care for because of the pain I am in. I cant do housework, cant carry laundry baskets to wash clothes, cant stand too long to cook and do dishes, laying down hurts, I cant sleep. I just break down and cry.........I dont wish this on my worst enemy :(

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  126. Okay... So I was diagnosed with Costo about a month ago. I have it in two spots that are more or less uncommon. I have extra (floating) ribs says my doc and its in those ribs and right above them that hurt. My rib cage ends very low (to my belly button) and I have no pain in my upper ribs or chest, its only on my sides where those floating ribs are. The left side actually healed and went away but my right side is more concerning. It will start to hurt so bad I cant actually turn to the right at all, so I twist my back and crack my RIBS exactly where it hurts! (I crack my back and other things regularly and have never been able to crack my back this low, or this far to the side). It hurts like nothing I've ever felt before, most of the time I burst into tears when I crack it, and hurts extremely bad for about a half hour afterwards but then my pain goes away for a good hour, then I have to crack it again once it feels like I can't move. Is this really costochondritis?? My doctor did no tests, she just felt my ribs and said "you have floating ribs so your pain is probably costochondritis so take aleve". I was dissapointed with her lack of investigation and I am confused when most sites I've read say the pain is mostly in the upper ribs and chest. I'm just a confused 19 year old girl who doesn't know whats wrong and wants this to go away!! (Also, aleve doesn't help. I still have to crack it and it hasn't gone away yet. BTW it's been going on for about 6 months total). Any help would be muchly appreciated. THANKS!

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  127. I have a question, does anyone get a throbbing behind the left breast? I have been told that I have costco, I've had mammogram, xray, abdominal ct, chest ct, head and neck ct , all kinds of heart tests, and everything is clear. Mine hurts as I said in behind my left breast, shoulder, sternum, neck, back (between my shoulder blades), andI have a heck of a time taking a deep cleansing breath. Its so frustrating. I feel all of you guys pain. This is crazy.

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  128. I'm new to Costo however I have had D.D.D (Degenerative Disc Disease) for over 14yrs mainly in the L5-S1 but the L3 +L4 has been giving me heaps of grief to the point of Ortho Surgeon wanted to do a Double Spinal Fusion. I am not keen as my 1st op the L5-S1 WASN'T successful. I also have GORD (reflux) & have read on this site that reflus probs can be associated with Costo. OMG my 1st time as a Costo sufferer, I thought I was dieing!!!!! The pain was outta this world and I am just discovering the sleepless nights. When I went from my GP via Ambo's to the ED, I had been given that much morphine that I was passing out. I didn't know what was going on, my partner said at one stage that I had turned BLUE and with all the machines I was hooked up to.....well they started to go crazy....BEEEEEEEEP, BEEEEEEP, BEEEEP. Then she said ALL hell had broke lose.....doc's & nurses coming from e/where. Apparently I was seconds from having the paddles put on me. I thank God that they didn't as I was in that much pain with my chest I didn't need it INCREASED.I was diagnosed with Costo and released from hosp the next day after been poked + proded all night, this test and that test. I had bloods, chest x-rays, C.T scans, more bloods and Gods only knows what else. I have pain just from the middle & over to the left of my breasts, it goes all the way through to my back as if I had a hole there. It stings, burns, pains and Dont DARE touch it!!!!!! I can't move very well, at the hosp I couldn't move at all. I have pain in my jaw... sort of like jaw lock? If I talk, laugh, sneeze, cough or breathe in - it frecking KILLS ME. Does this sound about right for classic Costo?

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  130. I was recently diagnosed with costochondritis a few weeks ago but have been struggling with sternum and back pain for 7 months! The pain is stabbing and overwhelming, some days I can't move from the pain. Yes I have had the run around and seen many doctors. I've had the stabbing pain in my chest where I thought I was having a heart attack, but fortunately my pain is to the right, so I knew it wasn't my heart. I feel everyone's pain and frustration, costo is debilitating and doctors don't seem to have many answers for the pain. I just wanted everyone to know there is help!!!! I was prescribed a compounded transdermal cream that has antiinflammaory, lidocaine and a muscle relaxer.
    After my 1st application to my sternum and back ribs within 5 minutes my pain was gone!!!! Than 5hrs later the pain came back and I was struck by all the pain I've been carrying for so many months with no relief. Reapplied cream and found relief again!
    For all of you suffering with this, I want to say there is help. There are many different combinations that can be compounded for you. Do some research on compounding for pain mangemnet and talk to your doctor about getting a prescription! YOU DONT HAVE TO SUFFER! If your doctor dissent know anything about compounded medication or refuses go to another doctor.
    The best benefit besides the pain being gone is that it's a non smelly, non heating cream with medications to control the inflammation and pain without taking pills.

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  131. I have self- diagnosed costo based on all that I have read and also having the heart tests, allergy tests, GI tests, mammogram, etc....Wow, does it suck! I have radiating burning sensations down my arms when exercising and feel short of breath. I just go on and the feelings seem to let up and I can finish my walk, hike. But, they come back exactly the same on the next walk, hike. I have tried chiropractic, acupuncture. Both help but only short term. I take anti-inflammatory supplements and use essential oils for inflammation. I guess time will tell. This has been going on for about 5 months. Welcome to the 50's!

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