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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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  • They could be liptoma's but you really need to have some more testing done to rule out possibilities. Have they ever suggested an Ultrasound ? I hope you find answers, keep pushing, even if that means trying new doctors. :)xxxSammyhttp://www.undiagnosedillness.org
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  • 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?Hi, i have had so called costochondritis for an est. of over 3yrs now and are still looking for answers and are currently fighting my workplace because i believe they have hurt me. I'm a 25yr old women i have lumps on my ribs (or they feel like they stick out a little or something but only on my left side) ill explain my story to you but its quite long so bear with me please....I started work for a retail company and was sat on a register/till for an est. of 1 1/2 yrs straight just going into work everyday and sitting on there repetitively from up to 7 hrs missing some breaks after a while i started to feel a little out of breath and my chest started feeling heavy like there were weights constantly on my chest and back and extreme tightness where my chest felt like it was getting squeezed, i thought it would just go away, i eventually saw a doctor and they said there was nothing wrong, later i saw another doctor who sent me to a chiropractor and had asthma tests done, she just said i had some repetitive problem and that painters and window washers got it and there was nothing i could do! So i just dealt with it day to day, then i thought that's not right i need a better explanation than that so i went to another doctor and she sent me for a bone scan, x-rays etc but nothing shows in scans, she said i had costochondritis and there was nothing i could do about it! So i booked in with a osteopath to see if he could help but before i got to see him everything turned worse, i woke up having severe heart attack symptoms, i went to the hospital and they just gave me a shot and told me it was my muscles, i went back to work for 2days and on the third day i decided that i was sick of feeling it all the time continuously and i couldn't physically do anything so i went back to the hospital, they gave me these tablets and told me it was costochondritis or slipping rib syndrome, i was off work and was sent to a new GP, he said he believe i had costochondritis but he hadn't seen it go on more than three weeks and Ive had it for 3yrs so he sent me to a rheumotologist, he said there was nothing he could do for me and Ive been seeing my doctor ever since, i know cannot do anything including work, anything pressured with my arms no pulling, pushing, lifting, anything repetitive, sweeping, moping, etc. cant drive a manual car anymore, have trouble sleeping and washing my hair, cleaning my house and cant hang up my washing, i get sharp pains in my ribs on the front of my chest that go around to my spine, my breast can hurt i have constant tightness in my neck and can have sharp pains going up it to cause my neck to spasm, i have it go into my shoulder down my arm into the tip of my finger pretty much heart attack symptoms without the heart attack, and thats on a day to day basis. and also my usually heavyness and tightness too, and there are no medications that work for some reason...Ive been trying to find other people with the same condition and have been trying to find people who have it and got it from similar circumstances as well, im still fighting work trying to prove that was it.It looks like im going to have it for a long time maybe the rest of my life, i would like to meet other people who have it constantly or for a long time not just two weeks etc.any other questions and this goes for anyone else interested to please contact me onblack-cherry@live.com.au
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  • Hi, i have had so called costochondritis for an est. of over 3yrs now and are still looking for answers and are currently fighting my workplace because i believe they have hurt me. I'm a 25yr old women i have lumps on my ribs (or they feel like they stick out a little or something but only on my left side) ill explain my story to you but its quite long so bear with me please....I started work for a retail company and was sat on a register/till for an est. of 1 1/2 yrs straight just going into work everyday and sitting on there repetitively from up to 7 hrs missing some breaks after a while i started to feel a little out of breath and my chest started feeling heavy like there were weights constantly on my chest and back and extreme tightness where my chest felt like it was getting squeezed, i thought it would just go away, i eventually saw a doctor and they said there was nothing wrong, later i saw another doctor who sent me to a chiropractor and had asthma tests done, she just said i had some repetitive problem and that painters and window washers got it and there was nothing i could do! So i just dealt with it day to day, then i thought that's not right i need a better explanation than that so i went to another doctor and she sent me for a bone scan, x-rays etc but nothing shows in scans, she said i had costochondritis and there was nothing i could do about it! So i booked in with a osteopath to see if he could help but before i got to see him everything turned worse, i woke up having severe heart attack symptoms, i went to the hospital and they just gave me a shot and told me it was my muscles, i went back to work for 2days and on the third day i decided that i was sick of feeling it all the time continuously and i couldn't physically do anything so i went back to the hospital, they gave me these tablets and told me it was costochondritis or slipping rib syndrome, i was off work and was sent to a new GP, he said he believe i had costochondritis but he hadn't seen it go on more than three weeks and Ive had it for 3yrs so he sent me to a rheumotologist, he said there was nothing he could do for me and Ive been seeing my doctor ever since, i know cannot do anything including work, anything pressured with my arms no pulling, pushing, lifting, anything repetitive, sweeping, moping, etc. cant drive a manual car anymore, have trouble sleeping and washing my hair, cleaning my house and cant hang up my washing, i get sharp pains in my ribs on the front of my chest that go around to my spine, my breast can hurt i have constant tightness in my neck and can have sharp pains going up it to cause my neck to spasm, i have it go into my shoulder down my arm into the tip of my finger pretty much heart attack symptoms without the heart attack, and thats on a day to day basis. and also my usually heavyness and tightness too, and there are no medications that work for some reason...Ive been trying to find other people with the same condition and have been trying to find people who have it and got it from similar circumstances as well, im still fighting work trying to prove that was it.It looks like im going to have it for a long time maybe the rest of my life, i would like to meet other people who have it constantly or for a long time not just two weeks etc.any other questions and this goes for anyone else interested to please contact me onblack-cherry@live.com.auHello ladies, I am a 23 year old female. When reading your comments I can almost completely relate to them. I suffered a snowboarding accident 4 yrs ago this december and about 3 mos after the crash i got severe burning in my spine at the bottom of my left scapula (T5-6). I had every treatment you could possibly think of to stop the burning. I even had a radiofrequency facet neurotomy and extracorporeal shockwave therapy on it. I am taking Fentanyl patches every 2 days and hydromorphone for pain as breakthrough med. I saw a specialist yesterday who founded platelet rich plasma therapy. He did a very thorough assessment and found out that this 10/10 24/7 gnawing back pain is due to sprained ribs that become almost dislocated with any movement of the spine. The muscles have been in spasm for almost 4 years and are completely knotted. The specialist recommended a spine brace to prevent the spine from shifting and the ribs from moving alot, as well as this platelet rich plasma therapy. They take your own blood, put it in a centrifuge and take the platelets and inject them into the injured spot. This will cause a response by the tissues to tighten up to prevent the ligament from letting the rib move so much. I will be having the therapy done in january and im hopeful this will bring an end to my agony. Hope this helps. PS I also had a bone scan, mri, ct, and xrays of my spine and none of them showed this problem..i kept getting brushed off. Its nice to know that someone is taking things seriously and listening to me finally!
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  • Hello was wondering if someone could offer me advice...August of last year went to ER for chest pain and radiating Right side pain...EKG normal S/S R/T gallbladder, had a hidascan showed gallbladder was not functioning @ all not emptying the hidascan test was extremely painful. Dr said I needed another hidascan @ a different facility to proove that I was having gallbladder symptoms and drop weight. Also having pain in right rib in the area of gallbladder dr thought I broke my rib??? Had a chest X-ray showed nothing. Dr. stated I have costochondritis and there is nothing I can do about it except take anti-inflam and that basically I was faking my pain. I haven't been back and my pain is now bilateral and I can feel small nodules all over my ribs they aren't hard but I can move them over my rib cage. My ribs are very painful to touch. I can take a deep breath, bending, sitting is not a problem. I have residual pain if i touch my ribs. Any recommendations I am not going back to the Dr. where should I go? A surgeon? What kind of test should I get. I can't find any answers.
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  • I have a similar situation. Last Oct (2009) I started having pain on my left rib cage area. I went to my Dr and she just said we'll monitor it. It went away for a bit, then in January it started really hurting again so I called me Dr and she ordered a chest XRAY (it came back normal). So, I was kind of just dealing with the pain. In April 2010 I noticed that the left side of my ribs was larger than the right and there seemed to be a lump on the lower left rib. At this point I was flipping out so I went back to the Dr and I had a CT Scan and tons of blood work and an abdominal U/S (since sometimes the pain would be in my upper abs and go around the back). All tests normal again. So, here I am today with no answers. I have this lump that is painful and don't know what to do. I just made an appt today with a rheumatologist for mid Aug. I am hoping to get some sort of answers. I am afraid this lump is a cancer tumor or something. I was dx'd with costochondritis, but who knows.
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  • 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?Have you gone to any other dr's since you posted this? Im wondering if you have found anything more out. Your story sounds a lot like mine. I started out with lumps/bumps on my ribs right underneath my left breast. Like right where the bottom of a bra sits. It didnt start out painful but after a couple of weeks became painful, and then I started noticing more lumps or bumps. Soon after it was really hard for me to breath and do much activity that included my arms moving around. If I did move my arms up and down much I would lose my breath. I sat most of the time on the couch with a heating pad on my chest and while doing that got a bit of relief. The lumps were not only under both breasts but moved up around both breasts and up to my collar bone. I have been told I have fibromyalgia from one dr. But I have symptoms that are more than just fibro symptoms. I went to another dr for a second opinion, he said he doesnt feel I have fibro and wants to look in to other diseases- long story. Anyhow I did get a prescription for Celebrex which took the swelling down and took the pain away. That was in Feb 2010. But just in the last week Ive developed another painful lump. Oh and my dr did say it was costochondritis, but like you my symptoms pointed more towards Tietze but I have added symptoms. My dr (family doc) and the neurologist I was seeing, both didnt seem to want to put much thought in to figuring it out. Anyhow, just wondering if you found out anything more? Or if you would share your other symptoms and/or diagnosed illnesses?
    Kim Schires 1 Replies
    • August 23, 2010
    • 02:51 PM
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  • Unlike the other posts I have read...seemed to be all femalesI happen to be a 27 year old male... with same symptoms.....About 2 to 3 months ago, I started developing a constant pain in my lower right rib area near my breastbone. The first thing I could think of was maybe a broken rib. Due to the fact that I work in the construction business, i figured I might have broken or bruised it somehow and didnt notice it right away... But to the best that I can recall, I was woke up in the middle of the night with sharp pains in my chest near the mentioned area. Also I was finding that when i moved certain ways, coughed, or even when I would breathe in or out, the pains would intensify.. I also started to noticed a hardened lump forming at the area on my right lower rib near the lower center of my chest near the breast-bone area. I was worried because the lump was getting noticable.I dealt with the pain thinking that maybe it was a bruised or broken rib for a few weeks.. The pain was constant and very tender to the touch. I was bothered by bending, breathing, coughing, stretching and even just having pain when not in motion... But after those few weeks the pain seemed to decrease, but the lump remained.I'd say about 2 weeks or so without the everyday pain, I was once again woken up in the middle of the night with a yet once again and maybe a bit more than before sharp pains in my chest/rib area. The pain was intense and it was further felt just by taking breathes... I found myself moving about at a slower pace than usual just to keep the pain to a minimumBut once again... here i am with the feeling of broken ribs, hard and hurting to breathe, bend, stretch and cough...And a few weeks went by and still the pain is there and more recently the lump seems to be getting bigger and the pain is harder to deal with..I was recently in the emergency room for an unrelated matter and inquired about my "LUMP" and the attending doctor simply said its normal and just cartlidge... But at this point I think he wasnt even listening to what i was trying to say....As I said... One night the pain woke me out of my sleep with pain and difficulties and with the lump forming, lasted for about a month, then the pain somewhat subsided for 2 weeks or so..... Then woke me up again with more intense pains and a more noticable lump.And i have been dealing with these symptoms or problems up til this very day. with the pain steadily increasing along with the size of the lump.....So here I am on Aug. 27th 2011.... and I have a lump in the shape and size of maybe a core of a peach so to say....:(I am really concerned.. but at the same time cannot afford to run to the doctors for numerous tests....So if anyone has any recommendations or ideas that would help.. I would highly appreciate it.. because at this point im starting to get Really Worried for my health... and also it has been effecting my job performance.....:(And i find it a little odd that I only seen women with this condition on herePLEASE any suggestions would Help a lot.. Please and Thank you
    southernfride 1 Replies
    • August 27, 2011
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  • Try looking up Dercum’s disease...i think this may be what i have but i'm scared to go to the doctor because i don't have insurance and the doctor i was seeing already tried to attribute everything i've been having go on to depression. I've read that Dercum's can also lead to thyroid problems as well. I am a 32 year old woman.
    yoyob4 1 Replies
    • February 28, 2012
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  • This is my first post on any forum. I have always been very healthy and active. Last fall I had some medical issues arise that ended up costing us thousands of dollars to have diagnosed. It ended up being several different things that hit at once. Thankfully, I think that I am on the track to recovery. I have decided to try and help people by sharing things that worked for me. I will say be careful of the fibromyalgia diagnoses. While this does apply to some, I found that it can be used as a catch all when the doctor doesn't know what is wrong. I went to 7, yes that's 7, doctors before I was correctly diagnosed.I was also told I had fibromyalgia due to some joint, leg, pelvic, and lower back pain. Come to find out it was endometriosis that was causing the lower extremity pain. While this doesn't apply to your question, I just wanted to share it because you have to be sure that fibromyalgia is truly what you have. Get a second, third, and even fourth opinion if necessary. You may want to go to a dermatologist. I had several lumps appear on my ribs. I was told they were sebaceous cyst by two different doctors. The doctors wouldn't do a biopsy. I was pushing for one because of all the pain and problems I was having and I couldn't get any answers. I was worried about cancer and I wanted them to do a biopsy on at least one of them. I made an appointment at the derms and told them they were causing me pain. He felt it and told me it may be a fatty lipoma. He took it out and sent it off. It wasn't cancer, just a fatty lipoma. The dermatologist was very receptive when it came to my request. He also told me they can grow in clumps and spread all around your ribcage. Anyway, just wanted to share my story. Good luck to you.
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  • Okay, so I'll try to sum up all of my symptoms in a few quick sentences. This has been going on for months, probably about a year if I had to guess. I get dizzy sometimes, like when I stand up after I've been sitting for a while, and sometimes when I'm sleeping I **** awake and gulp in as many breathes as I can because it feels like I wasn't breathing. And now, just about two weeks ago, I had an 'angina' attack, at least that's what my doctor told me. That it was either an anxiety attack or a panic attack or something, but I don't know, bacause my dad is a nurse, and he said that it sounded like something was wrong with my heart, because I lost curculation in my hands and feet. I was directed to go to the hospital and have and EKG and bloodwork and a **** test done; nothing has come back so far, but I know there is something wrong. And just this morning I realized that I have a small lump on my lung, just beneath my right breast. I don't want to jump to conclusions and run to the doctor or hospital again, just to be told that nothing is wrong. I'm tired of this, I feel like I'm losing it, and I need help.
    Laura Foreign 1 Replies
    • September 30, 2012
    • 03:19 PM
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  • 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? Ok just to let you know that this is my first post on this forum so I am not even sure if I am typing in the right place. I went through this same thing about 7 years ago and have been dealing with it for years. I have small knots all over both my ribcages, although it is only one of them that hurts horribly. It is better now than it used to be but at first it was excruciating. Hurt to breathe and I was also told I had osteochondritis, I have been told this actually about 4 times in my life but have found out that, it is not what it is at all. I have recently seen an orthopedic doctor and am soon seeing him again for my neck. I have found out that I have degenerative joint disease. The doctor says when I injured my back when i was 19 that I got the wrong diagnosis. I was told by a (idiot) doctor in the E.R. that I had thrown a disc out in my back. I had gone to the E.R. because I had bronchitis and was doing gymnastics and heard a pop in my back, the next day there was a bruise on my spine and a knot hanging out. I also had a strange knot on my left chest above my breast. He said I had a torn cartelage in my chest which was the only thing he had right, he told me I had a slipped disc and that I was in the first stages of emphysema. So since I was 19 I clearly know now I had pnuemonia. My son had it when he was a new born and this was shortly after. Anyway the orthopedic doctor has told me I have degenerative joint disease because they suspect I fractured my spinas process. this is what has caused degenerative joint disease. I am fixing to go to a pain management doctor for pain injections but am going back to the ortho soon for my neck. The referrals got messed up so I have to do everything seperately. I still have pain on my side all the time, and I understand what you went through. Some doctors will act like you are completely nuts, and thousands of dollars and years later one doctor is about to unravel almost all of my health problems in a few months or less. It has been a long wait. I have done some research about these knots. I think that the knots I have could be what is called Osteophytes. The are bone and cartilage that has bulged out of the spine and they can be found in all sorts of places. Check into tthis....what you have sounds exactly like what I have had....
    thebabeface 1 Replies
    • November 13, 2012
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