Re: Costochondritis , Help plz!
Mine is in the lower right ribcage area. The feeling I was having was like there was a constant pressure, almost like someone was jamming a fist into my side. With stabbing pains when I moved. It radiated through to my back.
Had all the typical Digestive track tests, it took a long time to diagnose.
Setting it off was easy, all that was needed was movement of any kind. It hurt to sit, lay, lift, move my arm and even breathe at times. I was pretty much imobilized by it. Even clothing touching it hurt.
The only good thing was that I had gotten laid off my job at the time, so I had time for it to heal some. Work would have been almost impossible as my job was physical. Standing up was the most comfortable position, can't sleep that easy standing up, so exhaustion also came into play.
The NSAIDS diddn't do much. Only one that had even the slightest effect was Bextra, that dulled it enough so movement and sleep were possible. Now that Bextra is not available, not sure what will work. Neither ice or heat helped to any real degree.
Chiropractic was the only relief I got. 3 visits a week at the beginning for about 6 weeks, then 2 a week for a few more. After that I went once a month for 2 more yrs until my INS decided much of it wasn't necessary and stopped paying for some of it. I have been relatively pain free for about a year (1 minor short lived flare up about 6 mos ago) , some slight pressure is always there, you kind of learn to live with that. After the worst pain subsides that slight pressure is nothing.
It's a frustrating condition that left me feeling hopeless at times. And most people do not understand it, so they think you are nuts. Keeping a good frame of mind is important. Be persistant with the Chiro visits. The most important thing is to not stop going once you get a little relief or it will return.
Like I said, hang in there.
Last edited by WoodsWalker; 06-22-2005 at 05:23 AM.