Thursday, May 13, 2010

Costochondritis- And Water

Costochondritis Chat: So let's chat about water. Say what? Chest pain and water? That's right people, let's talk about Costochondritis and it's relationship to water. I had a 2 hours talk with my Celiac dietitian today, lots about the chest pain, and came away with several pots of gold....that I plan to share with you amazing readers. Cause let's be honest, we need all the help we can get. -)

If you are a person who has noticed that your chest pain is worse after you eat certain foods, this tip is for you. My dietitian, Dr. Ron, said that the chest pain is due to the malabsorption in my body has caused severe poor digestion. I'll spare the details, but he said that when the stomach cannot digest/break down the food, it becomes rock hard in your stomach, causing pressure up against your ribs (that's worse when sitting), and when aggravated by certain foods, stabbing attacks, etc. I'll admit, I was insulted to be told my chest pain is basically gas. lol. He said it was more than that, but yes, it's all due to the stomach. I said, okay, that sounds better. I'll take it.

Okay, so let's get to the water part. He told me that the stomach is like a pot of water on a stove, that you want to boil or "digest" as quickly as possible, so that the food will break down quickly and you will get all the nutrients you can out of your food, resulting in no pressure in the stomach/ribs/gas/other digestion issues etc. He said when you have a pot of water and and it's FULL of water, the "digest boil" takes way too long and causes the stomach huge digestion problems while it's trying to the break down the food in the "water pot." And also, the water deludes the stomach acid that you need to break down the food, causing problems.

So what did he suggest? He said to drink water 3o minutes before eating, then NO DRINKING WATER while eating, and NO drinking water until 1 hour after eating. He said to do this without cheating with all meals throughout the day- and the digestion will improve, and thus, the chest pressure should cease.

What do I think of this? I think this Dr. Ron rocked. I had tons of blood work done that he went through with me, along with why I have my lingering symptoms. So I'm on a new game plan with different things and although I'm overwhelmed today, it's all good. So feel free to do what you will with this little piece of gold, hugs to all.



  1. I guess it makes sense as things like GERD can mimic heart attack symptoms ie sharp stabbing pain in the chest. Good old water, makes such a huge difference in so many things.

    It sometimes seems that we have moved far away from the basics in nutrition and water these days, and yet time and again you hear that these simple things are if not the cure at lest a huge part in the management of so many different disorders.

    Fingers crossed for you. :)

  2. Thank you!

    You are so right!, the simple things are so often an answer to a complicated situation. Good thought to ponder about today. =)

  3. Hi Lucy. Just wanted to let you know I gave you a little award over on my blog. I couldn't work out how to put a jpg here or I would have stuck it on. But just wanted to let you know you are brilliant and I'm lucky to have you as my bloggy friend :)

    Rusty Hoe :)

  4. SHUT UP!! I got an award!?!?? So sweet!! Headed your way!! I'm so glad to have you as a bloggy friend too!!!!!!!!

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  6. How on earth do I email you lucy? This wont let me post my e-mail address. --Bob

  7. Hi Bob,

    Let's just talk through my comment section. How can I help you?


  8. Oh.. Ok... cool! I have what I believe is Costo. And, I think Im Celiac. Getting on the tests soon. But, I have had this chest pain for 8 years. Anxiety, panic attacks.... it has affected my life big time. I understand your plight, trust me. I was hoping that going gluten free would fix it, but its still there to a certain degree. The most frustrating part, is that the docs have just given me the deer-in-the-headlights-stare. I have had stress tests and EKGs, Im 39, and have had this for 8 years as I said. Anyways, just so you know... there are others of us out there with the same thing.. and it sucks. It affects my faith too, cause 8 years of praying has done nothing. If anything, it has gotten worse. Anyways... keep going, I hope you find a cure for yours. --Bob

  9. Bob,

    My heart totally goes out to you, 8 years, wow...I know how you feel. It's such a tough cycle and so incredibly draining. Thanks for letting me know that someone else is going through this too. I appreciate you taking the time to let me know that. Thank you. =)

    It has affected my faith as well. But then I realized I was a fair weather Christian expecting God to speak to me as though I would recognize His voice anywhere like someone who spends a ton of time in his presence, and at the time, I couldn't because I wasn't. I'm not saying anything about your faith or how you hear God- just saying that I know the struggle. And it's tough. I will be praying for you today, k? Praying for God to open the door to healing in your life. Keep me posted on how your tests go?


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