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Strange Lumps on Ribs

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 13, 2009
  • 02:01 AM

I am a 23 year old female who has been struggling to get a diagnosis that covers all of my symptoms for over a month now.
For the past 5 weeks I have had 1-4 large hard lumps on my ribs to the right of my sternum. Originally, they were constantly painful and I had difficulty breathing (pressure, heaviness) and would wake up at night gasping for air. I went to the doctor and she diagnosed me with costochondritis, put me on NSAIDs and told me it should go away within a week.
Obviously, it has not went away. Chest X-Ray showed nothing. I was sent for a blood work, my D-dimer came back slightly above normal and she was worried it was a blood clot in my lungs and sent me to ER. Doctor there was convinced it was a cyst, ran an electrocardiogram which showed sinus arryhthmia (but apparently, this is not abnormal).
More blood work, D-dimer still elevated, Rh- and ANA postitive. Just went for a urine test to see if it is possibly lupus, this worries me because I am fatigued and bruise easily.
Doctor sent me to an internal specialist who claimed that the only thing I could have is costochondritis before even examining my 3 large lumps on my ribs. I explained that one of the lumps extends far into my right breast, but he couldn't be bothered. The pain is reproducable when pushed, but no longer persists all the time. The lumps are getting bigger, are noticable deformities and it feels as if sometimes I cannot get enough air as if someone is choking me.
It is my understanding that there is no large swelling assocaited with costochondritis and that its sister, Tietze's Syndrome encompasses pain that radiates away from the source. These two syndromes do not cover all my symptoms.
Any thoughts?

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