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Old 05-26-2008, 07:12 AM   #1
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Hi everyone,

Does anyone have costochondritis and if so, can you explain to me how it feels and how your DR determined it was costo and not something else? What sort of tests do they do to figure this out? Does it show up in an xray?

I've been having pain that sounds like costo and I am scheduled for a CT of my abdomen (the pain is in between my abdomen and chest, around my ribs) and I just wonder if it's a huge waste of time to have the CT.


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Old 05-26-2008, 07:49 AM   #2
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Re: Costochondritis

it's never a waste of time to have new symptoms checked out. i have costo. i don't know if it will show up with a ct scan. it is inflamation of the tissue surrounding the ribcage. i use heat and deep breathing to get thru a flare up of costo.
better to know for sure there is nothing scary going on inside. peace of mind is so important.
my doc diagnosed me after i told her what i was experiencing and asked if it was costo.
i had already had every test known to man by then, giggle.

Old 05-26-2008, 12:45 PM   #3
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Re: Costochondritis

Hello there I also suffer with it, I found that facet blocks work well for the pain since I also have a thoracic problem. Heat works well I alternate between the heat and lidoderm patches They seem to ease the pain enough to make it bearable. I also sometimes wind up with a numbness around my mouth which my doc attributes to the fact that I begin to breathe shallower cause the pain and so the circle continues. I would get it worked up to ease your mind, sometimes those stupid what if" are what make us the most ill at ease. I wish a pain free day

Old 05-27-2008, 04:09 AM   #4
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Re: Costochondritis

I have it. it doesn't show up on the xray. I've had this hurt so bad sometimes, that I went to the hospital thinking it might be my heart. It comes and goes. Pain is moderate to severe. My doctor gave me an anti inflammatory called Relefan which worked pretty well. Prednisone will also work. This is a chronic condition.

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