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anyone else house-bound with costochondritis for months?

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Old 05-03-2015, 03:43 PM   #1
Stacey D
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anyone else house-bound with costochondritis for months?

Ok, quick story- had a very small bout of costo about 5 years ago, went to DR, got a medi-pak (think that's the name for the short dose of some steroids.) Cleared up in days.

Fast forward, I have not have good health because of chronic migraines, so much less active and out of shape. Still could do things though, especially on migraine free days. Then had excruciating pain in left breast & couldn't breathe very well. Went to ER, thinking it could be that, but more severe. They told me take advil & it would just go away. That was back in February. Been to my doctor, finally he gave me some indomethacin (don't know if it actually works better than 4 advil?) But cannot do ordinary things. It gets better and worse, but I am basically bed-ridden. A lot of that has to do with my breasts. I have gained weight & they have gotten bigger. Can't really wear bra, as the straps irritate the cartilage under it, plus contribute to the feeling that I can't breathe. Can't go without, because my boobs will pull at my chest, so I am constantly just holding them to me, or lying back/down.

If I had a job I would never be able to go. I'm supposed to help my sister for a month with her newborn, in a month. I can't back out on her.

Has anyone else have this completely take over their life?
Oh, & even though the medi-pak helped the first time (although much less of a flare!) My Dr. Didn't want to prescribe it because it can cause mania (yeah, bipolar too. I sound like a hypochondriac. I'm just broken.)

Has anyone found a way to help a flare shorten? I hear don't exercise, stay in bed. Or do some light exercise, like walking/stretching. I really can't take it anymore. I know that sounds self indulgent and many have dealt with it much longer. I'm just looking for help.

Sorry so long. I meant this to be short! Whoops!
Thx ahead of time for any help you can give me, and what others that are just laid out do? I don't go into the pain, or the feeling of having the life squeezed out of you, I know you all know it.

Has a rheumatologist helped anyone? I had never heard of a physiotherapist before. I am going to ask for that (hopefully insurance will pay!) Has eating food that is good for stopping inflammation helped anyone? Sorry, couldn't read ALL the threads. Anyway, just want reassurance that someone else is basically bed bound & if anyone has had anything really help?

Sorry for this book I just wrote, repeating myself. Starting to feel desperate. Tell me this goes away, please!

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Old 10-14-2015, 01:06 PM   #2
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Re: anyone else house-bound with costochondritis for months?

Yes I have had this too ... been 3 1/2 yrs and ready for it to go!!! Cant wear a bra much, hurts ribs and feels like I have pull and tug on it constantly ...

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Old 01-15-2016, 09:33 AM   #3
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Re: anyone else house-bound with costochondritis for months?

Yes. I've been house bound for last 3 months. My entire life has been turned upside down. After reading so many posts on costochondritis, I find it hard to believe that doctors don't know how to treat this condition. I too, have been through all the testing and ER visits. From GP's to cardiologist to lung specialist to rheumatologist to a Psychiatrist. Apparently on paper I'm the picture of health. It seems that all doctors can do is write prescriptions. My pain started in late Oct. 2015 in the upper costal region but now has expanded to under arms, side and lower ribs. I've very low appetite and am sleep deprived due to not being able to find a comfortable and painless position. It's frightening learning that some people have this for years. Wishing everyone with this my best.

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Old 01-16-2016, 10:29 PM   #4
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Re: anyone else house-bound with costochondritis for months?

I had the flu last month attacked my respiratory system 2 weeks of he'll, finally felt better then wow all of a sudden terrible chest pain!!! Drove to a emergency care center was told it was costochondritis.. given steroids predisone,This is the worst pain I ever had in my life!!! I had a abdominal hysterectomy given birth natural, teeth pulled earache, nothing compares to this pain! I hope this is the one and only time I get this, I could never live with this pain, was told to take Tylenol, they don't even help, no Dr could ever understand this pain unless they experience it,

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Old 01-30-2018, 07:08 PM   #5
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Re: anyone else house-bound with costochondritis for months?

Im with you honey. It all sounds like me. Sitting here with no bra and it's pulling at my chest ... I'm trying juicing now and eating less sugar and gluten. It's been a week and it seems to help. I also get chronic migraines and take immatrex and I think it makes the costochondritus worse. I too am basically just laying around a lot. Doing anything too strenuous makes it worse. I feel like my life is sort of over. Can't do anything much but watch tv, try to stretch and walking. I guess we just need to keep searching the internet for answers. Our condition isn't really taken seriously so we have to take it into our own hands. Good luck to you, you're not alone in this.

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