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   Posted 5/15/2008 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been experiencing alot of chest, rib  and shoulder pain and it seems to move around--one day it is the left side and then all of a sudden the left side is better but then the right side starts up. or it hurts up top and then hurts on the bottom the next day.   Does that happen with Chondritis?  Also for a day here and there it seemed to be going away and then started up again.  I have also been a little achy--wrists and feet.
It hurts especially when I cough or lay down flat.  I have experienced chondritis, pluersy through the years but never this bad--I am 44 and going through perimenopause also.
It is pretty scary because the pain can get so bad and when I get up in the middle of the night my ribcage and chest feel tight.
Is this the typical course of chondritis?

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   Posted 5/20/2008 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
so I was doing better for the last few days--slept great ect. Then all of a sudden last night the right side of my rib cage up my right shoulder blade and the right side of my chest really hurt--hurt to breathe in--felt almost constricted, lay on it, lay back-- had to lay down and get back up so carefully.  I started to think I was having a heart attack. so I finally found a comfortable postition on my left side but then I diddn't sleep well because I worried about it all night and it hurt.  Now it is afternoon and it feels much better after getting up, having a hot shower and doing a lot of walking around. Not sure what I could have done to make my side so sore and hurt like that. Only thing is we lost power for 2 days in our house from a strorm and I forgot to take my fish oil those two days and I probably did a lot more work around the house.   It is so strange how it comes and goes so fast.
Is this normal for chostochondritis?
Does anyone know if weight lifting or starting a more regular exercise program helps---I feel like such a wimp right now because everything causes me to have pain later.
Going to the chiropractor today.

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   Posted 5/21/2008 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
hi pmjcje- i cant say i know what you are experiencing but i definetly would seek medical attention to find out what is going on. good luck with your health and let us knw what the doctor says. yally

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   Posted 6/30/2008 11:59 PM (GMT -6)   

I have had Costochondritis for 15 years now. When it first happen I went to the Er I thought I was having a heart attack! Now I know what it is. I do just what it says below ( I add a pain pill) and it it goes away aroud 24 hrs later. I have to sleep up right because the pain is to bad when I laydown.

Hope this info helps....... :-)

What is costochondritis?
Costochondritis is a common, but poorly understood condition among patients with chest wall pain. Costochondritis is a syndrome of chest wall pain that is due to inflammation of the cartilage and bones in the chest wall. Costochondritis means that the area of the junction of the rib bones, breastbone, and the associated cartilage has become inflamed. Depending on the extent of the inflammation, this condition can be quite painful. The condition's course generally is self-limited, but the patient often experiences recurrent or persistent symptoms. No specific lab studies exist for costochondritis.

How can costochondritis be prevented?

Though the causes of costochondritis are not well known, avoidance of activities that may strain (e.g., the repetitive misuse of muscles) or cause trauma to the rib cage is recommended to prevent the occurrence of costochondritis. Modification of improper posture or ergonomics of the home or work place may also deter the development of this condition.

What are the symptoms of costochondritis?
The most common symptom is pain over the front of the upper chest (the area of the sternum). Because of serious conditions, most importantly conditions related to heart problems, costochondritis should only be diagnosed after excluding other more serious problems. Some patients fear they are having a
heart attack. Due to the difficulty of diagnosis and fear of heart related problems, many patients develop anxiety or panic associated attacks. The most severe pain is usually between the breast and the upper abdomen. The pain may be greater when in sitting or reclining positions. Stress may aggravate this condition. Costochondritis pain is usually worsened by activity or exercise, and can also be severe when taking a simple breath. Often simply touching the area involved will be extremely painful for the patient. Because of the many nerves that branch away from the chest, pain may be experienced in the shoulder, back, or arms as well. Pain can also be associated with a feeling of tightness in the chest. These are also the symptoms of a heart attack, so it is always necessary to take them seriously. When called Tietze's Syndrome, the pain is accompanied by redness and or swelling in the areas most tender.

What is the treatment for costochondritis?
There is no definitive treatment that will cure costochondritis, however there are several helpful things to do in order to help manage the symptoms of this problem:

In order to decrease the inflammation, you will have to avoid activities that cause pain and exacerbation of the inflammation. Exercise, deep breathing, and strain on the muscles of the chest may worsen the symptoms of pain and slow the healing process. As a general rule of thumb, avoid or limit activities that worsen your pain.

Ice Packs or Heating Pads
Whichever of these techniques help to decrease your pain may help you better manage your symptoms. These are just two suggestions that may help you with your symptoms. For other suggestions read
information on chronic pain.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications help with two aspects of costochondritis. First, they help decrease symptoms of pain making patients more comfortable. Second, they help to decrease inflammation, which is the primary problem. Check with your doctor before taking NSAIDs as they have potential side effects.

Supplements that are used to reduce inflammation have been used to treat costochondritis. Examples of such supplements include ginger root, evening primrose oil, bromelain, vitamin E, omega-3 oils, and white willow bark. Glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate, which may aid in the healing of cartilage, has also been used. Other alternative therapies include acupuncture and massages.

See Your Doctor
There are patients in whom this problem persists for some time. See your doctor to ensure nothing more serious is going on. When Costochondritis does not respond to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve), Celebrex or Vioxx are often prescribed. Occasionally, costochondritis will be
treated with cortisone injections, but this must be discussed with your doctor. You may be given a local anesthetic and steroid injection in the area that is tender, if normal activities become very painful and the pain does not respond to medications. Infectious costochondritis should be treated initially with IV antibiotics. Afterward, antibiotics by mouth or by IV should be continued for another 2-3 weeks to complete the therapy. You should see a doctor during recovery, and then once a year. Infectious costochondritis requires long-term, close follow-up.

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   Posted 7/1/2008 5:47 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks for all the info shared jane-t ..... and welcome!

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   Posted 7/13/2008 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I to have this in my chest. It travels side ot side. I just had an ekg and chest x-ray to confirm no heart issues. I get it after I glof or do lifting. Ibuprofen and ice helps alot. I am also trying physical thereapy ot do stretching to see if that will help. It usually feels better after I stretch but then I get pain for no reason.
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