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Old 04-06-2013, 07:26 AM   #1
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Ladypeace444 HB User
Unhappy Costochondritis - very painful, right side

Hi to all! I have had costochondritis for 5 years. I am just newly retired and 66 years old. It was worse when I had to commute 3 hours daily because of the position I was sitting in when driving was putting pressure on my lower ribcage. I just got back from the doctor because I am having a flare up again, a BAD one.... He said it is really aggravated by STRESS. I am in a very stressful time right now- just had a bad auto accident and was injured in November 2012 (rear-ended). Doc said he could give me 10 days of oral steroids that would help reduce the inflammation, but I don't like the side effects, so I declined. He gave me Vicodin for the pain. For all you costo sufferers out there just know that it can come and go - it even disappeared for me for almost a year once. It does get better when there is less stress in my life. So my advice is for all of us to lessen stress whenever and wherever we can! I know that that isn't an easy thing to do, but that is the only weapon against it that I know of....

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