It has been 3 months since my problems began. At first I had intense pain in my groin and a band of what could best be described as pressure around my ribs. After a week of it only getting worse and worse (with me breaking down a few times) I went to the emergency room. They did some tests and diagnosed me with a UTI. I got 5 days of antibiotics and was sent home. After 24 hours, I began feeling a bit better and for the next few days, my symptoms remained minor (but not completely gone). But after a week, things began ramping up again. My groin pain was gone, but the pain and pressure in my ribs grew. Another two weeks or so went by and I tried a different set of anitbiotics, but they didn't help either. And within a few days, my ribs began hurting more. Slowly, over time, the feeling in my ribs has gone from pressure to pain. 3 weeks ago, I went to the ER again and this time the Dr. said it was Costochondritis and sent me home saying there was nothing they could do and it would go away in time. The next day, the pain was excruciating. I felt as if someone was driving a knife through my chest. Often enough, the pain was so great that it actually took my breath away. During this time my sternum would also feel as if someone had thrown it into a fireplace for a few minutes and thrown it back in my chest. This lasted for 3 days. Finally, that intense pain subsided. My sternum still hurts quite a lot, even though before my last ER visit, it never hurt at all. Not only does my whole sternum hurt, but the pain spreads right under each of my breasts. My sides hurt too and feel overly sensitive to the touch (but does not hurt to touch). That pain will also wrap around to my back and I also have some pain around where I would guess my floating ribs at the bottom are. (Sometimes the pain feels like pinching, and if has also felt a bit like tugging when it is toward my back/sides.)Luckily I don't leave the house much, since I've mainly been stuck in bed because the pain is so bad. The only time it feels better is when I'm asleep. When I wake up, it usually doesn't hurt much at all, but once I'm awake and the day begins, the pain gets worse. A lot of the time I find myself holding my ribs, as if to keep them from falling out. I can't wear a bra, especially with underwire and bending to shave my legs is pretty painful. Even riding in the car is hard to do. I don't really have any spots that feel tender to the touch. But I do often feel like something is sitting on my chest and deep breathing can be uncomfortable. Nothing really seems to get rid of the pain. I've tried over the counter painkillers, but the only thing they do it bother my stomach. Ice and heat doesn't seem to help either. And I have this strange repulsion to ribs, which makes everything worse. It is just so frustrating and debilitating. I want my life back. I have no insurance or money, which makes my options for receiving help slim to none. If it is Costochondritis, will it ever go away?
Last edited by rockchick2325; 08-26-2010 at 02:20 PM.
Hi, I was dx'd with costochondritis in Jan 2010 (after feeling rib pain since Oct 2009). I can relate to a lot of what you are saying. I had xrays/ct scan/ultrasounds/blood work done to rule out other stuff.
Coincidentally 2 weeks ago I went to a new rheumatologist to see if she could help with the pain at all and she couldn't, but she ran some more blood work and I was positive with celiac disease. I am not sure if my rib pain and the celiac are related, but my rib pain is always on the lower left side and sometimes wraps around to the back.
I am hoping they are related so this pain goes away once I start the gluten free diet, but as far as the rib pain goes, I didn't find anything that helped it. I never did try Rx ibuprofen, which some people say helps.
I understand your pain. I also have been diagnosed with costocondritis in the summer of 2009. The doctor told me the same thing that over time it would go away and there is no treatment for it in the mean time. The doctor was partially right because it did go away after about a month but then I went about two weeks without pain and then the pain in my ribs and sternum came back again. That's how my costocondritis is it comes and goes for weeks at a time since the summer of 2009.
Whatever1, i've had the same things on and off since Jan this year. Very strange. Seems to come on for me with activities that stress from throwing, lifting or pressing. starts in the ribs just right of the sternum then shoots in the back. it back on a reocurrance now for about 3 weeks, seems to be subsiding a bit. Also decided to try Chiro, surprisingly seems to have a positive effect. Going to keep going.