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mrsafetyman 12-03-2012 12:24 PM

Costochondritis
 
most likely if your sternum area is inflamed and certain cartilage at the breastbone and rib are also inflamed(tieze syndrome) with some having definite cyst like definition, then you have costochondritis. We went to several physicians and surprisingly not one could treat the condition yet alone even diagnose it. i am an occupational health ans safety specialist with a BS in the field of study including ergonomics, toxicology and industrial hygiene. I would suggest finding the right physician willing to inject with a steroid to alleviate the pain until there is more research performed on this disease. I could not believe my 15 year old daughter has to live in pain due to a lack of research into this area. Keep up the anti-inflammatory medications, heat, Ice, heat, ice and massage. God Bless all those with costochondritis

jc1717 12-27-2012 03:14 AM

Re: Costochondritis
 
;) Hi

Empathised with your message. We need to make costochondritis more sexy somehow to attract research funding. My chest pain is aggravated by eating spicy foods and chocolate and by drinking alcohol and only relieved by ice or heat packs.

Anyone else have similar symptoms?

mrsafetyman 12-27-2012 01:29 PM

Re: Costochondritis
 
[QUOTE=jc1717;5109271];) Hi

Empathised with your message. We need to make costochondritis more sexy somehow to attract research funding. My chest pain is aggravated by eating spicy foods and chocolate and by drinking alcohol and only relieved by ice or heat packs.

Anyone else have similar symptoms?Great comment let us see, more sexy, we could let women show more of their cleavage, (where is hurts) I am sorry to say but seems like in order for it to be attractive like everything else there needs to be sex like pictures involved. Hope I do not offend anyone with this comment.

jc1717 12-27-2012 06:22 PM

Re: Costochondritis
 
perhaps I should have said trendy rather than sexy!

mrsafetyman 12-28-2012 08:13 AM

Re: Costochondritis
 
[QUOTE=jc1717;5109271];) Hi

Empathised with your message. We need to make costochondritis more sexy somehow to attract research funding. My chest pain is aggravated by eating spicy foods and chocolate and by drinking alcohol and only relieved by ice or heat packs.

It appears some muscular neuro. separation has been working for my daughters costo. The PT actually attempts to pull apart / stretch the ligaments and muscles disrupting their "bundling" affect, which has relieved some of her pain. She will begin playing tennis again to see what happens. If it aggravates and escalates the condition / worsens it, there may be no alternative but for her to quit whats she loves to do, Tennis. Can't believe no cure for a simple inflammatory ligament condition.

jc1717 12-28-2012 04:26 PM

Re: Costochondritis
 
Good luck with your daughter's injury. Personally I think a long period of rest is the only solution. The fact that this Message Board lists Costochondritis under the section "Lungs & Respiratory" is indicative of how ignorant the medical community is about this affliction.

jerzeygirl70 04-15-2013 04:08 AM

Re: Costochondritis
 
mrsafetyman I completely understand your frustration. I went to my primary doctor only to be told I have esophageal spasms and referred me to a gastro doc. One morning I took my meds and all of a sudden I got this lump feeling in my throat, I thought I was having an allergic reaction to my meds. I tried not to panic since I knew I could still breathe but it was very un-nerving. I had a scope done a few days later which showed nothing was stuck in my throat and the doc basically told me there was no cure. I just broke down because I didn't feel like the pain I was having was in my esophagus and my docs weren't listening to me all the while discovering I actually do have ES after all as well. The pain is above my left breast and wraps around to between my shoulder blades and just takes my breath away. There are times I would feel like I was having an anxiety attack because my heart would start racing and the pain wasn't easing up. One night I was running my hand over the area that hurt and found what appears to be a lump. I had a mammo then an ultrasound. The tech was exactly on the lump but it still wasn't showing up on the ultrasound or mammo. I went to my OB/GYN thinking of course cancer because of the lump. It took 2 1/2 months of pain and 3 doctors to finally figure out my pain is caused by costocondritis. I immediately went online, researched it and couldn't believe my eyes. Every symptom I was having is right there in front of my very eyes. I still don't understand why it took my OB/GYN doctor to realize what this is and it isn't even his specialty.
My doctor also told me this is associated with osteoarthritis. I don't understand the connection and now having the same lump and pain in the right side. I realize your post is a few months old. I hope and pray your daughter has since found relief. This is bad enough for an adult to deal with much less a child. Please stay on this and make sure your daughter does not get brushed aside.


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