After searching I am increasingly unclear as to what the nature of costochondritis pain is. Basically the last few years I've had several bouts of pain centered right at my sternum. At time the pain radiates through to my back. Usually the pain comes on extremely fast and at first it makes me almost dizzy it hurts so bad. It hurts a lot when I breathe, and is painful to the touch. It usually lasts a few days, never longer than a week and then goes away, but it continues to recur a few times each year.
I went to urgent care last year and the doctor gave me vicodin and said it was costochondritis. The vicodin really did not do anything...except make me loopy. And I was confused as to why he did not give me an anti-inflammatory.
I guess I was just under the impression that costo was more something that came on for a few months, then went away. Maybe I'm not getting it right now.
Any insight appreciated