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chronic costcochondritis since a child


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Old 08-25-2016, 02:41 PM   #1
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Red face chronic costcochondritis since a child

I'm 63, and have had chronic costcochondritis since I was a child. Not knowing what it was put me in the hospital several times between age 10-16. It slacked off a little for several years, but after having two children, it got way worse. Before, it would come and go, now it is always with me. Sleeping on my back makes it wayyyy worse, so for many years I have slept more or less propped up. Emotional stress makes it flare up the worst, and the big flares usually last all day. There is a constant extremely sore spot right under my left breast, always there for the last 30 years. I almost pass out if it is pressed on for too long. The pain sometimes radiates up my neck, making me clench my teeth until it subsides. My whole chest aches ALL the time. Over the years I've learned to live with this condition. I have tried not to limit anything I do, unless I'm in the middle of a big flare, when I just curl up and wait it out. Fortunately, I have a husband who had seen this happening for 43 years, and is very helpful during those days. Here's the thing about menopause: I started the whole hot-flash thing ten years ago. At least half the time with the big hot-flashes it starts with a massive chest pain, like having a full-on heart attack, then after about 30 seconds the pain slowly subsides and the big heat sets in. The whole thing lasts about 5 or so minutes. My stomach can't handle anti-inflammatories for long, so I reserve the aspirin or naproxen for the seriously bad days. I walk on my treadmill at least three days a week, and play a lot of golf in nice weather. I have come to the conclusion that physical activities can hurt, but don't do any lasting damage. In all these years I've never found any doctor that has any real solution. And many just don't take it very seriously. You have to talk to someone who actually experiences this level of pain and constant discomfort in order to get much sympathy. After this many years, I've mostly given up hoping for any remedy. I don't mean to sound negative, because I've still managed to live a happy and active life. I just grit my teeth a lot! 😁

 
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Old 08-29-2016, 10:35 PM   #2
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Re: Menopause and costochondritis

I can so relate to this! I am 44 and have had this issue since I was 19 due to Lyme Disease. It is really flaring up as of late, I am guessing due to the fact that I am approaching menopause. This moment I am experiencing my absolute worst flare-up ever (I didn't know it could get any worse)! In fact, I am sitting here with ice on my chest and back (something that often provides at least some amount of relief), and the pain/discomfort is still so very intense. I, too, live a beautiful and active life when I can but sometimes I am amazed at myself for living with this, I have to say. It is true that most doctors, in my experience, do not take it seriously. Thank you for sharing.

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