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Old 10-29-2012, 03:40 AM   #1
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Pain in Upper Right Body

My mother has been feeling pain in her upper right body since the past few months. The pain is severe around the chest and upper back. The pain generally increases while breathing, eating, drinking or when she's lying on her back. We have consulted gastrologist (she has ulcerative colitis since the past 17 years or so, therefore we thought it might have something to do with it) and cardiologist (the gastrologist referred to him) but nothing seems to help. Nobody is even sure about the cause behind the pain. Eco test and other blood tests have come fine as well. Although she doesn't eat much, she has put on a lot of weight and the doctors say that it might have something to do with it. She can not exercise to reduce weight as she gets exhausted real quick (she's 50 by the way). Please help!!!

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Re: Pain in Upper Right Body

I am sorry you mom is not well, I wish she will get her questions answered soon.
Did they ever checked her upper spine; I mean did she have an MRI or other testings? What you describe can be so many things. One of them called Pleurisy, which has similar symptoms as you mom has. Or it can be a condition called Costochondritis (sp?)
Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone (sternum) a junction known as the costosternal joint. Pain caused by costochondritis may mimic that of a heart attack or other heart conditions. Sometimes it can mimic heart burn as well.

Your doctor might refer to costochondritis by other names, including chest wall pain, costosternal syndrome and costosternal chondrodynia. When the pain of costochondritis is accompanied by swelling, it's referred to as Tietze syndrome. I met a woman who has this condition, she was practically bed ridden with pain.

Most cases of costochondritis have no apparent cause. In these cases, treatment focuses on easing your pain while you wait for costochondritis to improve on its own. Unfortunately they cant do much about it, except pain medication until inflammation is getting better.

Hope this helps,

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