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Old 07-18-2005, 01:24 PM   #1
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Angry Costochondritis is ruining my life....

I have had this for about 2 months now and it is interfering in every aspect of my life. Even though I've had all the heart tests (stress echo, ekg, holter monitor, etc) and the chest x-rays, I am still always scared they have missed something. It has given me major anxiety. I have canceled 2 trips because of this. I'm always in pain and nothing seems to help. It seems like I cannot tolerate any medication - I've always been sensitive to meds. My husband cannot understand although he tries. He's only 29 - I'm 32. Can any one relate? I cannot believe how horrible this is. I've heard conflicting advice about using heat or ice for this. What has helped you?

Thanks for letting me rant!

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Old 07-18-2005, 05:23 PM   #2
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Re: Costochondritis is ruining my life....

Hiya Laura,

You poor thing, I do so understand your pain. I have had this condition for a number of years. For me the only way I get relief is to have steroid injections into my ribs. They are uncomfortable to have done, but worth it as they really do the trick.

Mine was so very severe that I was like you in constant pain, and this was the option that was finally decided for me.

Maybe it's worth you speaking to your doctor about if you are in such a lot of pain.

I hope things improve for you soon.

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

Old 07-18-2005, 05:27 PM   #3
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Talking Re: Costochondritis is ruining my life....

Thanks Goldenwings! I appreciate your response. I go see the Dr next week so I will definitely mention the steroid shot and see what he says.

Take Care

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