Re: Costochondritis - worth a read
I know this post is a few months old, but thanks for the info, Legatus! I have had Costo for over two months now, and the pain has been excrutiating.
I totally agree that rest is so beneficial for the healing process. The more I move around, the worse the pain gets.
I would like to add what's helped me is alternating ice and heat. The ice helps to reduce inflammation, but to me, it's painful to lay a cold ice bag on my skin when my entire ribcage area is already painful. I wrap it in a towel until I can tolerate it better.
Heat, however, helps a lot with reducing the pain, and it feels SO much more soothing. But heat only encourages inflammation, so I do it as little as possible.
Thanks again for sharing and good luck.