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Old 05-22-2011, 10:35 AM   #1
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Does this seem like Costochondritis?

After searching I am increasingly unclear as to what the nature of costochondritis pain is. Basically the last few years I've had several bouts of pain centered right at my sternum. At time the pain radiates through to my back. Usually the pain comes on extremely fast and at first it makes me almost dizzy it hurts so bad. It hurts a lot when I breathe, and is painful to the touch. It usually lasts a few days, never longer than a week and then goes away, but it continues to recur a few times each year.

I went to urgent care last year and the doctor gave me vicodin and said it was costochondritis. The vicodin really did not do anything...except make me loopy. And I was confused as to why he did not give me an anti-inflammatory.

I guess I was just under the impression that costo was more something that came on for a few months, then went away. Maybe I'm not getting it right now.

Any insight appreciated

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Old 06-25-2011, 04:42 PM   #2
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Re: Does this seem like Costochondritis?

It does sound a lot like contochondritis. Especially the fact that the pain radiates all the way to your back. This is a common symptom if you look up symptoms on the internet. I have tried taking Percocet w/Motrin and, even this, did not give me great relief. I guess you just have to ride out the episodes. Some of mine have been very mild but I did have one bad one that last about one week. Best wishes to you! Lisa.

Old 06-28-2011, 07:58 AM   #3
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Re: Does this seem like Costochondritis?

I have been dealing with this myself for over three years with an episode lasting sometimes from as little as 20min to over a week. There is only a couple of things i can do to relieve the pain. My Doctor has me take several pills the moment it starts and it takes the basic edge off but doesnt relive pain. I take a felxeral, naproxin, tramidol all at once and then repeat the pills as needed and perscribed. The pain at one point for me got so severe that i couldnt even move or function. Breathing was difficult at times. The only thing i could do after taking the pills was to sleep it off because the pain takes alot out on you. I have had episodes start while i was at work and i had no choice but to just deal with it without my meds. It is difficult and i know at times you want to be diagnosed with something else so there is more help. The only other relief requires major physical exersion that gets the blood moving to another part of the body. I hope you are able to find relief and answers. I know i hate it when doctors tell you that there is nothing they can do.

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