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Old 11-05-2004, 09:39 PM   #1
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Costochondritis

I've been having a lot of back pain for the past few weeks, and where my ribs come together belong the breast bone is very tender, as are my lower ribs. My doctor says that I have costochondritis. He says that the pain can wrap around to the back. Does anyone else have this problem?

 
Old 11-06-2004, 06:41 AM   #2
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It is the most horrible pain. Makes you feel like you're having a heart attack. Ibruprophen and hot bathes help it. Hang in there, it goes in about a month most of the time.

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Old 11-06-2004, 09:51 AM   #3
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I get this pain as well but I have had it for 10 years, it just varys in degrees. I also find that if I glug a drink it tends to get stuck. I was told it is like two sides of a coin, when the back is inflamed it wraps around to the front.

 
Old 11-08-2004, 11:20 AM   #4
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Hello Diane

I am new here today, so just feeling my way a little

I had Costochondritis off and on for a number of years (more on than off). The best relief I got was when I had steroid injections into my ribs. Yukky I know, but it worked for me.

Hope you get some relief real soon.

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Old 11-09-2004, 07:22 AM   #5
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Re: Costochondritis

Hi, I was diagnosed with costro about two years ago, but am sure I had it longer. Some people have it for a short while and it goes away, others have it and it becomes chronic.I get severe rib pain that seems to start at the base of the sterum along my lower ribs on the left side. The pain radiates though my breast right up to the shoulder and into my back. Sometimes it is in the bra strap area goes into my breast or into the under arm and down my side. My ribs below the breasts and above are always sore as well as my collar bone.

From my understanding a lot of Fmers have both conditions as well as myofascal pain sydrome, I sure meet the criteria I have all three.

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Old 11-09-2004, 07:22 PM   #6
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I've been having a lot of back pain for the past few weeks, and where my ribs come together belong the breast bone is very tender, as are my lower ribs. My doctor says that I have costochondritis. He says that the pain can wrap around to the back. Does anyone else have this problem?

 
Old 11-09-2004, 07:32 PM   #7
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I also have it. Right where the ribs cover the heart.. I even went to the emergancy room with chest pains because I wasn't sure what it was. One time I took 2 Vicadin and 2 Tylanol and it barely touched the pain. Prednisone or Relafin( not sure that is the correct name) because both are strong anti inflammatories. Yes it is terrible. Doctor said xrays won't show problem because cartilage will not show up.

 
Old 11-12-2004, 06:52 PM   #8
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I've had this for 9 months now. I just don't understand it. My back hurts left side mid way down & down my flank everyday. It's a very sore area in my back that just kills. Also my ribs are all tender entire left side & it hurts left side up to under my left breast. I've tried steroid injections & trigger point. None have worked for me. I can't believe they don't have a way to make this go away. Does anyone know what causes it anyway?

 
Old 11-13-2004, 02:05 AM   #9
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I was told it is simular to arthritis, except instead of effecting the joints, it hits the cartilage.

 
Old 11-13-2004, 05:12 AM   #10
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I think arthritis of the cartilage is a perfect description. I am continuing with magnesium, calcium, zinc, massage and moist heat and seem to be getting big relief finally.

 
Old 11-15-2004, 03:07 AM   #11
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I have had FM for over 25 years but have only recently (say past 4 months) had the costochondritis pain. I also had heart tests performed to be safe, but in the end it was related to the FM. It is a tossup between the costo or my hip pain as to which is most disabiling. At times each has its moments when moving at all seems like a bad idea. The stress test and blood tests with a cardiologist settled the heart issue which is comforting.

 
Old 11-17-2004, 03:04 PM   #12
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Hi Diane,
I had a bad bout of chostochondritis a few years ago after having the flu. It sort of crept up slowly over a few days, and I kept checking in the mirror thinking my ribs had big bruises on them (that's how it initially felt). It became intolerable for about a week (I actually passed out from the pain ). The doc prescribed motrin, and told me to apply heat. I also wrapped a giant ace bandage around my chest (a little difficult with boobs, lol! ) which helped, especially while sleeping. I was sore for a a couple of months after, and still get the occaisional flare up, but not so bad as the first time. I hope you feel better soon!
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Old 11-21-2004, 08:02 AM   #13
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Hiya All,

I posted a while ago re: costochondritis. Since then I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I am really annoyed about this as I suffered (and I do mean) suffered with costo, and the only relief was steroid injections. I can't have them now as I have had open heart surgery so it's a bit tricky.

Maybe I had the fibromyalgia all along, I don't know. It all comes back to only seeing what they want to see I'm sorry to say. Perhaps if they had looked into my symptoms a bit more it would have enabled me to get treatment for the fibromyalgia and therefore the costochondritis would not have been so bad.

Just my little vent.

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Old 11-22-2004, 10:45 AM   #14
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A tip for those of you who also suffer from bouts of costochondritis....medical supply stores (or the internet) should carry what is called a 'rib belt' which is much more effective than trying to bind the rib cage with an ace bandage. A wide stretchy band that connects with a velcro closure. It helps me tremendously when ribs are aching.

You can buy a mans or a womans belt, (to compensate for breasts of course) and they're sold in S M L or XL sizes. I bought the first one without first trying it on in the store; bought a small which was too small; and they happily allowed me to exchange it for a medium. I also have fibromyalgia so the 2 sometimes go hand in hand and is hard for me to tell which came first.

 
Old 12-01-2004, 10:14 AM   #15
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Hi, I have costochondritis. I have been to an oncologist, rheumatologist, pain specialist, heart surgeon, and 4 MD's. I found out I do not have cancer and narcotics are not the answer. I have been in severe pain for 5 months and still not getting better. I have found that I will just have to live with this. I am only 25 years old and this has effected my whole life. The pain is not only in my chest, but radiates down my arm and back. I now live with my heating pad. I would love to have more suggustions on how to live with this.

 
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