Costochondritis

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OKIEMARK
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   Posted 4/2/2009 1:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone experienced lower rib pain with this? I have been having this across my back for sometime. Drs were convinced it was my gall bladder. Had my gall bladder removed four weeks ago and have the same pain. Was told along time ago that i have AS. I have been reading about costo, seems most people have sternum pain. At times i have mild tenderness in my sternum but nothing like i have in my lower ribs. Moving around seems to help as does laying flat, sitting at a desk really flares it up. Any suggestions? Thanks, Mark

golitho
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   Posted 4/2/2009 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mark, I had costochondritis in 3 main spots, left lower front rib, right side middle rib and right across my back. My sternum didn't hurt either, I ended up having cortisone injections, 4 altogether into the hot spots and it really worked, afterweeks of anti-inflammatories doing nothing and living on pain killers. Hurt worse sitting too, but just breathing really hurt as well. It was pretty awful, still get occassional sore ribs but nothing like it was. Go for the cortisone is my advice. Regards Jacqui

justme1403
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   Posted 4/13/2009 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
hi guys, i had costochondritis a yr ago and fell it both sides of sternum at almost all of the joints, unlucky for some! and was given meds for that, however ive had a few extra problems like pericarditis related to tonsillitis, now they have gone, my physio reckons i may still have costochondritis as it is very painfull when pressed on each sterno-costo joint. any reason why most mine hurt and not just a few?

golitho
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   Posted 4/13/2009 6:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Justme, inflammation is a funny thing no rhyme or reason as to why it flares in a particular area. I'd say you've developed a weakness in that area from having costo before. Talk to the physio about it, they helped me greatly while I was recovering to help build muscle strength again and balance. Spent a lot of time balancing to strengthen core muscles. If still really sore go for the cortisone injections, it was the only thing that settled me, plus a big whack of prednisone, awful but it worked. Goodluck. (I'd had pneumonia and then had to come off my humira and methotrexate so I could fight the disease, I flared terribly, massive inflammation everywhere but the ribs were horrendous, really hurt to breathe let alone cough)

Chartreux
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   Posted 4/15/2009 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hope y'all don't mind if I jump in here, there are serveral posting on this in the Fibromylgia, just go back through them
and you should find them, I have costo and it can feel worse than a heart attack...in fact I don't know what the
difference between a heart attack and costo would be as they both bring about chest pain...just a thought..
Moist heat pads pressed gentle up to the chest help........
lots and lots of soft hugz..........
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golitho
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   Posted 4/16/2009 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Chartreux, I suffered for 10 weeks and it was really dreadful, I can't imagine dealing with it long term!! The postings were really good and really informative. I still get odd twinges if I do repetitive actions above my head but nothing like I had. I also used heat to give some relief and packed pillows around me to support myself when I was sitting or even lying in bed as any movement was horrendous. My heart goes out to you, golitho.

Sboz
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   Posted 6/22/2010 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys my name is stephanie and im 21. I was diagnosed with costochrondritis about a year ago and after suffering for about a month it went away, but now it is back worse than ever. I have been having tightness and sharp pains for the last 8 weeks and was on prescription anti inflammatory pills but that did not work. I have heard that physical therapy can be helpful as well as cortizone shots to the affected area. I was just wondering if anyone has done either of these and if they were effective. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.. thanks

golitho
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   Posted 6/30/2010 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sboz, as you can see from my previous posts, I had the cortisone shots and they really helped me as well as physio and heat packs. Visit the fibro board and search costochondritis, it was really helpful for me at that time.
Best wishes, golitho
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