Four years ago exactly (just after turning 15) I was diagnosed with Chostocondritis and have been in constant pain in one spot (left side, around the 4th junction of rib/sternum) ever since. The pain is so intense sometimes that I have trouble breathing even when I have been lying down motionless for hours. The strongest anti-inflammatories don't work (took them for 3 years to no avail) nor do cortisone injections and when hospitalized even the morphine doesn't cut it. I have been to pain specialists, rheumatologists, general surgeons, over the past 4 years and every test they run (EKG, echo cardiogram, multiple chest xrays & ct & cat scans) come back 100% normal. Even blood tests show zero signs of any inflammation whatsoever.
I have suspected misdiagnosis (because "chostocondritis" isn't supposed to last any longer than 8 weeks) for a number of reasons, mostly because it feels like MUSCLE pain (like intense spasms) to me, not JOINT pain like the docs say... what do I know, I'm only a "kid" after all. What I want to know is if anyone else has any ideas of what this pain could be? Is there any condition that doesn't show up whatsoever on tests? My other symptoms (in order of intensity) include constant fatigue (even though my life has been reduced to a sedentary state), tenderness when point is pressed, general pain throughout chest when pain is severe, and muscle spasms in other parts of body (I suspect this is unrelated).
My medical history prior to this is relatively skimpy (since I was only 15 at onset), I took heavy antidepressants from age 11-14(stopped about 4 months before onset) and symptoms have been MUCH worse since I was very ill March 2006 (8 days in hospital with mono).
I know it's long. But if anyone has any ideas of anything I could mention to the docs (they know all of the above), it'd be greatly appreciated. No matter what I seem to tell them, they always say "But you're so young, and the tests are so normal... it'll go away soon enough, it's just Chostocondritis..."