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Costochondritis, how do you get relief?

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Old 05-19-2005, 11:55 PM   #1
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Costochondritis, how do you get relief?

Hi guys!
Hope you are all well and enjoying spring weather!
I have had a bit more of what I'm quite sure is costochondritis lately, enough that I am having a difficult time getting comfortable at night to sleep and that it is disrupting some of my daily activities. I know that Ibuprophen will help and I use that and I also know that if it is severe enough you can have a steroid injection in your rib cartlidge (this sounds awful) but I wondered if anyone had found any other at home therapies to be effective such as ice packs or other things. It might sound bad but I wish it would just get worse or better because it's not bad enough to call my doctor about but bad enough that it is affecting my activities and my quality of life you know what I mean? Some of these symptoms can really sit on the fence for a long time can't they!
Thanks for your help!
P.S.-- I'm going up to Salt Lake City on the 6th of June to see an internist who specializes in Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and other Fatigue causing disorders. I'm hoping she can help me find some answers! She's supposed to be awesome! The only Fibromyalgia specialist in the state!

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Old 05-22-2005, 05:33 AM   #2
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Re: Costochondritis, how do you get relief?

Hiya Shawnee,

I have posted lots of times about this, but can't find any for you to refer to he he.

I do have the steroid injections into the ribs. Hardly any pain with the jabs, and they help me tremendously. I am actually going to see a pain management doctor soon. I can't go immediately because I am having my surgery on Thursday coming, and my lupus doctor didn't want any further invasion of my bits going on before this. Hopefully the PM doctor will arrange for further injections, I personally hope so. They really work for me.

Pads warmed and applied to the site are so good. Next to the skin, so not too warm. Gentle stretching of the affected area, very gentle mind. I find this type of thing to be relaxing and therefore the painful area feels more at ease. This is just me though. Try it and see, but be careful won't you?

Hope you are doing ok today.

I am not a medical doctor, I only speak from my own experience of the illnesses I discuss here.

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