Costochondritis?

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bloop123
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   Posted 10/9/2012 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok so i was wondering if people on here who has had this can tell me if maybe this is what i have. I have had a chronic cough that comes and goes for months at a time for years. about 2-3 months ago the top/center of my chest (sternum) felt bruised..not to the touch but just felt like if somebody punched me in the chest or something. about a month later i noticed a bony lump where the pain was coming from (in the manubrium area at the top of the sternum). So i went to the doctors who put me on prednisone which didn't work. The pain did go away though...went back and he put me on more prednisone but again didn't help..went back and put me on an antibiotic to see if it's an infection but that hasn't taken the lump away either. about 3 days ago i woke up in the morning with a stabbing pain in my heart area (not like the intial bruised feeling)...hurt when i took deep breaths,moved certain ways or used muscles in that area...seemed like it was in my left shoulder blade also. This lasted for 3 days getting worse each day and finally went away today. Obviously i'm worried about cancer so was wondering if anybody could give me some kind of positive info....also i took an xray he said looked fine (don't know if costochondritis shows up on xray or not?)

the lump is at the top of the sternum (maybe slightly to the right) its about the circumference of a golf bal and sticks out about a 1-2 centimeters...but the bony swelling extends on the rib connected on each side to about where each collarbone is...the swelling on the rib is not that big..just feels like the bone is swollen slightly

bloop123
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   Posted 10/10/2012 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
would that cause a lump though?

golitho
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   Posted 10/11/2012 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
My daughter got a lump when her broken rib was healing, could you have broken a rib while you were coughing? I've had costochondritis and it doesn't come and go, its incredibly painful. I had to sit up all the time, I couldn't lie down. I needed cortosone shots into the "hot spots" to settle it down. Had about 5 injections in total.
There used to be a really good description of the symptoms of costochondritis on the fibro site so you could search there and read it.
But I'd be going to my rheumy and asking them. They seem to know whether its RA related or not instantly.
Goodluck, golitho

bloop123
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   Posted 10/11/2012 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
it's i think it's possible (should have shown on xray though) but i would think i would have been in a little more pain

jeanneac
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   Posted 10/15/2012 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I had costochondritis a few years back in between the breast area. It was swollen and painful. My doc had me get a chest x-ray and mammogram just to be sure. I haven't had problems with it in a while not. Other things have been hurting more like my hands feet, shoulders and hips! Good luck. I hope you feel better soon.
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fwdmotion
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   Posted 10/18/2012 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi bloop123,
I also have a lump on the breastbone and swelling of the costal cartilage of the 2nd rib on the front of my chest, as well as my right sternoclavicular joint. Mine's been there since March '12 (June for the SC joint). I think what you may have is similar to costochondritis but it's called Tietze's syndrome. The main difference is that it causes visible swelling. It most commonly affects the sternocostal junctions of the 2nd or 3rd ribs or the sternoclavicular joint. It's a benign inflammation of the costal cartilage. From what I've read, they don't totally know what causes it, but injury, physical exercise, upper respiratory infections and inflammatory autoimmune conditions may contribute. You mentioned a chronic cough - I've read that coughing can cause trauma to that area, so that may be what's irritating it and causing the inflammation. It's good you're getting thorough tests run - I hope you feel better soon!

Post Edited (fwdmotion) : 10/18/2012 6:37:55 PM (GMT-6)


Student24
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   Posted 10/24/2013 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
i also have this around my 2nd rib cartaliage and have a hard lump as well. Ive had a chest xray but wondering about a MRI or mamogram. It scares me because i read Tietze was rare.. Have you made any progress on diagnosis or recovery?

Mine sounds exact to you. my doc diagnosed me with costo in my lower ribs but i believe i also have Tiezte in my upper rib. Im so scared!
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