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Old 07-15-2013, 11:54 PM   #1
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Costo and back problems

Hi all. Am new to the boards.
Have had costochondritis for about 11 years now.
In the last few years I have also had back problems, specifically bulging discs in the lower back. My physio and I have discussed the possibility that it is related to my costo. That is, I unconsciously protect my left chest area (where my costo is most prevalant) when lifting or doing things, but this has put strain on other muscles in my back. The domino effect leads to ongoing problems with my lower back.
Has anyone else had similar problems?

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Old 07-16-2013, 02:09 AM   #2
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Re: Costo and back problems

I would pose another theory-that you could possibly have some underlying connective tissue disorder causing the costo to persist for so long and causing the deterioration in your discs. I would ask Dr for a sed rate, CRP, and connective tissue disorder work-up, which consists of some nspecific blood tests. Any other symptoms or signs of inflammation like undue fatigue, joint pain, muscle aching, fever, rashes, pleurisy, hair loss, etc. should be discussed as well.

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