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Costochondritis?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 15, 2007
  • 05:20 AM

Last April while studying abroad in Hungary, I began having pain in my chest, mainly on my left side, and my left lower ribcage. While I though it was related to mild asthma, it got worse and I was sent to the ER. They diagnosed me with pericarditis. The pain lessened a bit, and when I got home in June I went to see a family doctor. He informed me that I had been misdiagnosed, and that I had costochondritis. He had me take naproxen for the pain. For a while it lessened, but it never fully went away. I've been off the naproxen for a few months, and the pain is now coming back, but only on my left side, below my rib cage on my left side. Is this still costochondritis? I'm worried that I've been misdiagnosed yet again. The only other symptom I've had is being very tired the last week or so. Any ideas?

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  • It may still be it sometimes takes long to heal but might want to see another doctor for another opinion. I just got over a bout of it and my friend has it for several weeks now. Both of ours originated from a back sprain that then went into theat area. Is there someting you may be doing that may be aggravating that area? Costochondrits is an inflammation of the intercostal muscles the muscles betwwen the ribs. IS there any rash? They asked me that becasue of shingles which can give you pain in one area but usually there is a rash. Naproxen did not really help me. Mobic an anti inflamatory really helped. It can really be painful and can take long to heal. Something you are doing maybe aggravating it but maybe check with the doc again. i know it can really hurt. Good luck, hope this answered your somewhat.
    nccarol28732 44 Replies
    • January 15, 2007
    • 11:37 AM
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  • wow! thanx guys bc that gives me something to ask my dr. bc I have been haveing that pain.and my dr. told me it was just a chest cold and still had pain then went to the er and was diagonsed with pluersy. I thought then that it was wrong bc i felt like why on only my left side and it feels like stabbing.I think i am going to ask my dr. thanx.
    lizzi9983 35 Replies
    • January 19, 2007
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  • Always go back to your doctor if the pain doesn't go away. My husband was diagnosis with costochondritis and was prescribe naprosyn three months later he began to feel numbness from the pain down to the bottom of his feet. MRI prove a spinal tumor. Although his orginal pain was back pain between the shoulder blades.
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  • hey guys could this costochondritis thing make pain in the upper right back around the shoulder blade and lower ribs that feels like it's inbetween each rib?Each time i move a certain way it aggrevates it and it hurts worse. I also play football and when i get hit it hurt for about 3 constant days
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  • https://www.mayoclinic.com/health/costochondritis/DS00626/DSECTION=1here is a website for the condition.it explains nearly everythinghope it helps
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  • I'm not a medical professional in any way, but I've had the above condition and thought I would share my experience.I developed costochondritis after a chest infection and suffered for several weeks before seeing my doctor. I was given anti-inflammatories which made very little difference and tried to carry on as normal. It persisted for another eight weeks. I returned to my doctor four times, asking for stronger pain medication or some sort of solution. When nothing worked, I sort of gave up, stopped taking the pills and just took a fortnight off school, taking as much bedrest as possible. Within three weeks the intense pain in my ribcage was reduced to a mild twinge when coughing/sneezing and a few weeks later I was completely recovered. Sometimes I think people don't feel they can just take 'time out' to get better and give their body a chance. Good luck and I hope it clears up soon-- I know how painful it is!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 28, 2007
    • 05:02 PM
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  • I have been suffering pain in the left upper chest & upper back region on & off for nearly 20 years. I self administered pain relief when needed.3 Years ago i was admitted to hospital with a suspected heart attack. After days of tests, x-rays, ECG's ect, all came back negative. Thought I was going mad!Recently the pain has returned, more severe than ever, which promted a vist to my GP. Again! This was the first time I had seen this doctor & he diagnosed me with Costochronditis and gave me anti inflam tabs for it.Not much has changed so far, the pain is constant and jsut as servere. :confused: Am I to look forward to this horrid condition forvever?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 26, 2007
    • 09:44 AM
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  • what kind of doctor should you seek for chostocondritis?is there an specialist for this?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 9, 2007
    • 11:54 AM
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  • 3 weeks on, Still no change. The Pain is still severe, but it does appear to be change in intensity during different times of the day. Early morining it wakes me (5am) By mid morning its a dull ache, late afternoon it starts to get worse, by 6pm its very intense and then seems to peak at 9pm. By 11pm it becomes more bareable.I've been back to the doctor twice, has upped pain relief, not that it does much good. I have managed to slow down a bit and get some rest, that has had a positive effect, but I run my own business and can't do it for much longer.I have now had another set of blood tests done and am waiting for results.Fingers crossed it nothing worse than this! Can you imagine that??????
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 11, 2007
    • 10:53 AM
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  • I can't believe this many people have been diagnosed with this condition. I have been through 3 rounds of blood work, 2 lung xrays and a ct scan. The pain is not manageable. No position or medication has made the symptoms better. It wakes me at night and makes me very irritable during the day. Sometimes I worry that if I go sleep I won't wake up. I fear that I have been misdiagnosed and that my heart just might stop beating. I now have this strange burning in my veins in my thighs and arms. It feels as though there is fire in my veins and I have had my glands become infected. The glands near my armpits have even bruised the skin. My doctor told me that I am having a stream of bad luck. I have been going through this since September. I'm only 40 yrs old and until now I was very active. I eat right, I did exercise but now I do well to go up and down the stairs in my home. Holding my 15 lb. grandson exhausts me. Help!!!!
    painallday 2 Replies
    • November 11, 2007
    • 07:14 PM
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  • I have been suffering pain in the left upper chest & upper back region on & off for nearly 20 years. I self administered pain relief when needed.3 Years ago i was admitted to hospital with a suspected heart attack. After days of tests, x-rays, ECG's ect, all came back negative. Thought I was going mad!Recently the pain has returned, more severe than ever, which promted a vist to my GP. Again! This was the first time I had seen this doctor & he diagnosed me with Costochronditis and gave me anti inflam tabs for it.Not much has changed so far, the pain is constant and jsut as servere. :confused: Am I to look forward to this horrid condition forvever? How did you self administrate pain relief?
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    • November 11, 2007
    • 07:19 PM
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  • I have had costochondritis off and on for about 3 years. I have had an MRI, X-Rays and Heart Stress Test. The last specialist I saw was a orthopedic surgeon. My initial symptoms were the severe chest pain associated with the condition. I was given pain killers and anti-inflammatories. Since the initial diagnosis I have had the pain go to my neck and arms and sometimes in my knees, wrists and legs. I do not like to take prescription drugs but had to when the symptoms were too severe. I have noticed that my symptoms are the worst when I am highly stressed. My last bout was in Nov/Dec and it took about 1 month to get over. Since then I have been experimenting with diet and homeopathic products. I have found a product called zyflamend soft gels which helps the body keep a healthy inflammation response. I have not had a full blown bout since December. Along with dietary changes of no soda or foods with a lot of preservatives. This is really the best I have felt in 3 years. I am not sure if the diet changes or the zyflamend has helped the most but it has really improved my symptoms. Hope this information helps.
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  • Hi, Everyone... I'm new to this thread. I've suffered from costochondritis for almost 14 years. It began in 1994 when my 1st child was a few months old. I was taken to the hospital with severe chest pains, which the doctor said was from lifting my daughter out of her playpen. Over the years, doctors have speculated that maybe my body "grew around" the baby, since I was only 16 years old at the time. I also have a slight curve in my spine that contributes to it a bit. I can always distinguish between costo and other pain by pushing on the front of my underarm - there is one spot that becomes very inflamed. I haven't found any relief, other than resting and trying to keep my arms by my sides until the pain subsides. It's chronic - it has shown up at least a few times a month throughout the years. Yoga, painting, and lifting my 2nd child (who is 3) are the main things that bother me.A second theory is that I was so sick with my 1st pregnancy that I actually brought on the costo by literally banging into the toilet with my breastbone. Who knew?
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  • I now have this strange burning in my veins in my thighs and arms. It feels as though there is fire in my veins and I have had my glands become infected. The glands near my armpits have even bruised the skin. My doctor told me that I am having a stream of bad luck. I had to respond to this post after seeing the armpit reference (as you'll see from my post above). I've never had any bruising but definite armpit pain. Does it hurt to push on the cartilage that runs from your breastbone to your armpit?Like I said, I can sympathize with carrying your grandson - I carried my 3-year old home yesterday after he ran to the neighbour's yard and the costo bothered me right through to this morning.I was also quite scared that I was misdiagnosed but over the years, I've learned enough that when I feel the pain, I don't panic and take it for what it is. I've never heard of bruising, though... I'll see what I can find out about it.
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  • hi all i too have been diagnosied wit costro, im 24 female and usual fit and healthy but this has been goin on for nearly 3 months have been doctors and hospital twice had 3 lots of antibiotics and pain killers again last nite been hospital and my breathing felt so tight and yet all i was given is pain killers , im tired feel like i have no energy 2 even stand up and off wk nw restin , but im soo fed up wit it ! , im even doin physio incase that helps and taken vitamins who knows ?????????????
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 3, 2008
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  • I've been having pain in the center if my chest on my breastbone. It's also causing pain in my shoulder blades and sometimes I get pins and needles in my left arm. My doctor assured me it wasn't a heart attack but this condition called costochondritis. He explained it in lamens terms as being arthritis related and to try taking an anti-inflamatory. Aleve works for the arthritis in my back, so I hope it helps! Any other suggestions for pain relief that doesn't require taking too many meds? I'm a little hesitant to take too many different kinds of pills.-Rina
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 13, 2009
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  • I know what you mean...I have been seeking some kind of diagnosis in regards to my back pain, it seems to be right off my spine by my right shoulder blade, definately feels like bone issues...like ribs not in place...x ray shows some osteoarthritis...but I just cant believe thats what's causing this...I was noticing some similar symptoms from some people on this site. I was thinking this was costochondritis...but most costo people complain of pain in the front mainly left side of their ribs near their sternum. Can you have costo mainly in your back? same kinda thing but where they attach in the back?? I've been in chronic pain for 6 years now...when I was pregnant my daughter LIVED pushed up against my rib cage dislocating a few of them twice and causing horrible pain and cramping in my back, never to go away...also a server/bartender for almost 10 years...lots of heavy trays lifted using that side of my back/ribs! Im so lost as to what to make of all this and discouraged that I'll ever figure it out~
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 11, 2009
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  • I have had Costochondritis for three years now. In the beginning of this condition I was having severe pain on both right and left sides, turns out the right side was my gallbladder that had to come out. But the pain on my left side continued. They took every Heart test, xray, Cat scan, and MRI to finally diagnose it as Costo. Some times you feel like you are having a heart attack and sometimes just throbbing. Mine is primarily on the bottom left, and at the same point in my back on the bone. I have found the Best treatment is to lay down and rest with a warm rice pack on the area. Sew a small pillow, approx. 6"x9", adding uncooked white rice, and sewing the seam together. Microwave it for 1 1/2-2 min. It gives off a moist heat. I have found NO drugs, anti inflams, narcotic pain meds, or pain blockers to work. But the dry heat and rest is the best relief for me. My Dr. thinks it will be Chronic, although my flare ups seem less intense than in the beginning. The pain in the back has been so bad at times ( feels like a knife sticking in my back ) I have requested a cortizone, or steroid shot. That will work for several months, however, it is not something you want to do often because of the adverse risks of it. Regular Light exercise, preferably swimming is good for relieving all of the tight muscles that come with the flare ups, and stress. I have had episodes of Tieze in the beginning with lumps showing on my ribs, both sides, but it has been about a year since a flare up of those. I also have burning and weakness in my legs and have yet to be diagnosed for that. They have ruled out MS and Lupus, etc. But some days I can hardly walk, and fall a lot. My advice to anyone with Costo, is to rest, destress and use moist heat. I learned SO much about this condition from this lady, geocities dot com/lynndebeal/CostoPain dot html
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 29, 2009
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  • I know what you mean...I have been seeking some kind of diagnosis in regards to my back pain, it seems to be right off my spine by my right shoulder blade, definately feels like bone issues...like ribs not in place...x ray shows some osteoarthritis...but I just cant believe thats what's causing this...I was noticing some similar symptoms from some people on this site. I was thinking this was costochondritis...but most costo people complain of pain in the front mainly left side of their ribs near their sternum. Can you have costo mainly in your back? same kinda thing but where they attach in the back?? I've been in chronic pain for 6 years now...when I was pregnant my daughter LIVED pushed up against my rib cage dislocating a few of them twice and causing horrible pain and cramping in my back, never to go away...also a server/bartender for almost 10 years...lots of heavy trays lifted using that side of my back/ribs! Im so lost as to what to make of all this and discouraged that I'll ever figure it out~You can have Cotsto anywhere your ribs are, front or back. Some Dr's tell you only the top 6 in the front, and others tell you Anywhere in the ribcage. Mine has been in the front and back in the lower part of my ribs, and sometimes both the left and right sides. Every one is different. I also had very bad neck problems and pinched nerves in the beginning when I got this, your other muscles overcompensate for supporting your core and that is normal. I think the most important thing is to allow yourself rest, moist heat and swimming to keep the muscles loose. Some people use ice packs too, but moist heat works best for me. The great thing about this disease is that it can go away !!! So there is always hope, even if you are chronic, like me. :)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 29, 2009
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  • Hello I feel your pain and we all have to try and find some type of bettr solutions than just having pain pills. I was diagnosed with costochondritis in 2001, at that time I was working on an assembly line where I did a lot of reaching and lifting of diagnostic kits. Not to mention a lot of overtime. This condition caused me to be took from work in an ambulance 3 times in a 14 month period. Each time thinking and feeling as if I was having a heart- attack. Each time after EKG's and testing I was informed I had costochondritis. I had stress test, angiograms, and other testing done back in 2002. I was then informed that I had a serve case of this and would probably have to get a cortisone shot, on my upper side area. Over the years this has come and gone, the longest I have went without it returning is about 8 months. I try to pay attention to what I am doing actively. Since September of 09 the syptoms have reoccured. This time much worse than ever before. I can't remember anything I did other than pump up two air mattress which could have casued it this time. I too have bee given the naproxen and tramoal they only allow me to sleep very well the first 4 hours after taking it but once I wake up to go too the restroom, it is very hard to fall back to sleep. The pain is constant under the left breast bone and in the center of my chest. It feel as if it goes straight through to my back and feeling like a stabbing type pain all the time. Heat was helping at first by is no longer working anymore. There is never any relief anymore. I will be seeing a Opthopaedic Surgeon next month but I just don't know what to do anymore. I can't clean my tub, bag out of a spot when driving, fold clothes, tied my shoes or much of anything without hurting more. Each day the pain just get worse thoughout the day and by the time I come home from work I feel as if my chest is going to brust open. Has anymone had the cortisone shot and felt that it work for them. Looking for any response I can get. Let's continue to help one another with this matter, since doctors don't seem too know how to treat it. I will be going to a health food store today and trying so herbs that someone suggested. I will let you all know how that goes. Stay encourgaed God is a Healer.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 11, 2009
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