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Old 11-06-2006, 05:22 AM   #1
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Unhappy daughter with arthritis in the chest area??

Has anyone ever had arthritis in the chest area? My daughter who is 27 yrs old complaint of chest pain and after several hospitalzations, it was not her heart, thank god but she still is having the pain in her chest and she says it hurts more when she takes deep breaths. The doctor told her it was probably arthritis in the breastbone. Anyone heard of that?? I know you can have arthritis in the joints but I did not know you can have it in the breastbone and it would cause it to hurt when you breath. There is history of arthritis in my family, actually I have it and my Mom has it also. But I thought my daughter was to young to have arthritis. What do you think?

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Old 11-09-2006, 07:59 AM   #2
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Re: daughter with arthritis in the chest area??

Mary,
why doesn't the Dr order an MRI or Cat Scan to rule it out?

the right side of my lung, chest area hurts eveyday and in certain positions such as sitting up in bed watching t.v.
I was thinking it was my lung, but I think it's the arthritis that I have in my upper spine as well lower.

I never knew arthritis could hurt other places such as our chests. but my older brother who has grown up with a bone disease since he was in his teens and is now 57 yrs old has it in his ribs which is attached to the chest.

sneezes can break his ribs and he's always in pain. they didn't know what it was at first and it took years to finally make a diagnosis because only so many people are written in text with this condition. it's rare and it's called "gorahams disease" it goes by many other names too, one of them being "vanishing bone disease".

Your daughter is NOT to young to suffer with a form of arthritis or bone disease and if I were you and her, I'd get a referral to a bone specialtist if you can. someone who knows more along the line of this diagnosis.

at least try to find out if it's arthritis. seems like her dr isn't doing much about it?

I wish you both luck and that she finds an answer.

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Old 11-09-2006, 10:01 AM   #3
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Re: daughter with arthritis in the chest area??

I have rheumatoid arthritis and it has effected my breastbone too. It hurts to breath is because as your lungs expands it puts pressure on your breastbone area. You can also get arthritis in the bones by your collar bone. I started mine when I was 30. What I found the worse was lying down on one of my sides. I would turn in bed to my side and then relax. It felt like someone was giving me a big bear hug and not letting go. Hope every thing goes well for her.

 
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Mary,
why doesn't the Dr order an MRI or Cat Scan to rule it out?

the right side of my lung, chest area hurts eveyday and in certain positions such as sitting up in bed watching t.v.
I was thinking it was my lung, but I think it's the arthritis that I have in my upper spine as well lower.

I never knew arthritis could hurt other places such as our chests. but my older brother who has grown up with a bone disease since he was in his teens and is now 57 yrs old has it in his ribs which is attached to the chest.

sneezes can break his ribs and he's always in pain. they didn't know what it was at first and it took years to finally make a diagnosis because only so many people are written in text with this condition. it's rare and it's called "gorahams disease" it goes by many other names too, one of them being "vanishing bone disease".

Your daughter is NOT to young to suffer with a form of arthritis or bone disease and if I were you and her, I'd get a referral to a bone specialtist if you can. someone who knows more along the line of this diagnosis.

at least try to find out if it's arthritis. seems like her dr isn't doing much about it?

I wish you both luck and that she finds an answer.

linda

Thanks Linda, they have done lots and lots of test on her and have not been able to find out what is the matter. Giving her different meds and have not worked.
She does have an appt with the Rheumy at the end of this month.
I am going to research Gorahams Disease and see if that is what she has.

Thanks for all your help.

Mary

 
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Re: daughter with arthritis in the chest area??

Mary,
How is your daughter feeling? did you find out anything yet?

just cking in.

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Re: daughter with arthritis in the chest area??

Hello

I have suffered for years with this, and it is extremely painful. The cartilage attached to the breast bone become inflamed and causes, inflammation, swelling and pain when breathing. Everyday life became difficult and I did not get any reprieve when I laid down, even more pain. My chest would swell and I would have to ice it down to keep the swelling down.

The inflammation started moving up my throat and it felt like an allergic drug reaction. Trouble breathing ect.very scary.

My doctor spoke with his professor from University out of desperation for me, as he was at a loss of what to do, so was the specialist rheumatologist.

The professor suggested that they put me on minocycline 100 MG twice a day which is sometimes used for rheumatoid patients, and after 3 months I noticed a remarkable difference.
I have now been on this med for 8 years, and I still have the odd flare up and I know it is there everyday, but can now live a normal life, with alot less pain.

Incidentally this drug is used for severe acne patients as well, but also rheumatoid patients. It is worth a try but give it at least 3-6 months to determine if it works for you.

This is my story hope it helps someone else out there in pain.

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Re: daughter with arthritis in the chest area??

The medical term is costochondritis.


It might not be from a systemic illness, like rheumatoid arthritis, and may resolve by itself within a few weeks. This temporary inflammation in the cartilage of the ribs/breastbone is a common cause of chest pain.

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Old 12-01-2008, 10:08 AM   #8
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Re: daughter with arthritis in the chest area??

I also have costochrondritis. Also a heart condition and it makes it difficult to differentiate between the two. With cost. the joints by the breast bone really get inflamed. My big problem is that I can't take any NSAID's such as ibuprofen or RX drugs. I am fortunate in that a flare only lasts a few days and then eases up.

 
Old 12-11-2008, 08:52 AM   #9
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My physical therapist told me, 'If it hurts when you breath, it is a rib'. Did your daughter visits a physical therapist? It might be just that, extremely painful but pretty easy to fix.
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25 or nearly 30 years ago... (was in my early 30's) I had monster chest pain. VERY VERY scary. Thought it was my heart, of course.
Went to my Dr and he said it was an inflammed Sternum column (breast bone).
He gave me a steroid shot and that fixed it.
At that time..he said only women get this inflamation but they don't know why.
Now medical testing ability and knowledge has hugely improved since then But my Dr must have been right to give me that shot cuz the problem has never returned.
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Old 12-23-2008, 11:42 PM   #11
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Re: daughter with arthritis in the chest area??

mary,
i am 18 years old with lupus, and i was told
also that i have arthritis in the chestbone.

 
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i am 53 years old and was told i have that as well, i had every test for heart issues and lung issues and they were all normal. since i kept having chest pain was diagnosed with arthritis of the breastbone/inflammation of the cartilage of the ribs which can be most painful.

 
Old 02-04-2009, 05:21 AM   #13
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Re: daughter with arthritis in the chest area??

Hello

I had the same thing had an Xray and nothing shwed up. My chest hurt for a week and I was eventually told it was most likely costochrondritis

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Old 02-04-2009, 09:42 PM   #14
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Re: daughter with arthritis in the chest area??

Mary,
It is very possible your daughter has arthritis in her chest,actually the whole rib cage and sternum can have it. I had an accident about 6 or 7 years ago where I flew off a bicycle and landed flat on my chest. I had never had any pain there before but since then I have terrible pain,particularly when the weather is humid or damp or if I am too active. I have been tested by doctors plus my cardiologist and they have all said it is Arthritis and it is all through my body. It is manageable with medication and anyone with arthritis knows that warmth and dryness helps.
I wish her all the best!

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Old 02-19-2009, 05:40 PM   #15
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Re: daughter with arthritis in the chest area??

hi, i have had arthritus in the chest since i bashed a glass bottle into it by accident, i dont have trouble with breathing but the pain is just awful especially at night as i just cannot lie down, the doc has put me on diclofenic but has not worked so looking at the other messages i shall try something else , with this pain does anyone ever get any numbness within the arm as i got a scare last night i woke up in th emiddle of the night and couldnt feel my arm after a while of rubbing it was ok i have previously had my heart checked out and had the all clear thank god, but i totally empathise with everyone who suffers with arthritus

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