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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 1/25/2008 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
HI, I realize I just posted something but I also have a different problem.  This has been going on for at least a couple of months now but I have chest pain.  When I reach for something that's lower, like getting something from the lower kitchen cupboard or reach down to pet my cat. I told the Dr. about it and she thinks its costochondritis because when I press on certain areas in the center of my chest it hurts. I looked it up and its usually towards the left side and but for me it has always been more on the right side.  I'm 33, female, and was concerned about my heart because my Dad has heart disease since at least his 50's (he's 81 now) and on both sides of my family, there is a history of heart disease.  Also, I find it hard to breathe when I get the chest pains, like I have to take shorter breathes and when I am talking to someone when I'm feeling this way, it sounds choppy.  I had an x-ray(I guess to rule out plurasy?(sorry don't know how to spell that one) and pnemonia, which she didn't think I had because my breathing sounded normal). I phoned the doctor the next week to ask if my results were back and all it said on the results were, "no apparrent rib fractures."  She did mention that if pain killers and rubs didn't help than I could have an injection confused for the pain.  I take pain killers, ibuprofen 400mg when its bad and I use rubs sometimes in the morning and at night mostly (rub a535 or polar ice).  The rubs help, I don't really know if the pain killers do.  I used to take 1000mg of rapid release tylenol gel caps(acetominiphen) but they didn't seem to work.  I sometimes take my anti-anxiety meds. when its hard to breathe and the pain is bad(ativan).  Sometimes I think it may be harder to breathe because once I get pain, I start to get nervous...maybe its an anxiety attack.  But my Dr. said something about asthma(but she talks so bloody fast).  Last year I had a bad bronchial infection and a different Dr. at a medi-clinic said that if I would have waited a couple of days, it would have been pnemonia.  It was a bad cough.  Also, about 5 years ago when I was in university I had a bad cough that wouldn't go away and I would cough so hard that I would gag.  I had to be on an inhaler for a few months and they were scared that if it didn't go away, I could develop asthma.  My cousin(adopted) had asthma and she died of a bad attack when she was 14...the thought of asthma scares me.  Anyone else have costo?  Did it go away for any of you?

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 1/26/2008 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Twinner - I have not had costochondritis, but I was wondering if maybe your doctor could set you up to see a physical therapist...or maybe you could to get a massage and ask them to work on your back and rib areas.

As for heart disease, typically, women have different symptoms than men do. It could be chest pain, shortness of breath, jaw tightening, arm pain, heartburn symptoms, it is just to wide an array for anyone to tell without doing an EKG or echo.

I would advocate seeing a physical therapist before having injections, but that is just my opinion. I worked for a doctor once who didn't like doing injections or draining things because it is too easy to introduce infection. Actually, in his words, I believe it was "if you go poking around places with a needle enough times you're bound to cause problems."
Mochiah/a.k.a. Sue
cervical fusion 2006, with great result
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005, I have continued pain 
MEDS:  Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, trazodone, and Parafon Forte
To handle yourself, use your handle others, use your heart
I'm going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me.

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