Re: Rheumatoid arthritis
I have had RA for 5 years. My initial diagnosis came from a diagnosis of costochondritis, which may be what you are experiencing. You may want to look it up, but it is basically the inflammation of the cartilege (sp) in your rib cage. My chest and sides hurt so bad, I had to go to the ER. The pain mimics a heart attack, so they put me through all the paces before the final diagnosis. I haven't had an attack that bad since then, but it does flare up a few times a month. Especially if I am coughing alot. It kind of feels like someone is giving me a tight bear hug and won't let go. Usually a heating pad helps.