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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/10/2009 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone, I'm new here but I have a major problem, the center of my chest hurts, feels like it bruised. It usually doesn't hurt till I sit up from a laying down position or if I flex my chest muscle. The dr. Said it was a muscle thing and to rest it. I've rested and took the meds he gave me but I still feel it. It's been a month now since I went and it still hurts. Please help. Thanks

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   Posted 1/10/2009 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, helpmeplease,
Welcome to the chronic pain forum. I'm a bit out of it tonight but wanted to respond because chest pain is certainly something not to be ignored. It sounds like your doctor has ruled out any possible cardiovascular issues? If you're not absolutely sure of that, then at least call the ER to report your symptoms and see what they say.

There have been some recent threads on something called costochondritis (sp?) - I'm not sure if I've got the name right as I don't suffer from it, but others here do. It does seem to be related to chest muscle pain. You might try searching the threads - I think there's something in the most recent few pages. Hopefully someone who knows more than I do will also respond. Just be sure the serious problems have been ruled out.

Again, welcome.


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   Posted 1/10/2009 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi PaLady,

thanks very much and I appreciate your help. I'll look around and go to the ER just to be sure. =] thanks again!

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 1/11/2009 3:40 AM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like costrochondritis. It is pain in the muscle, or cartilage in the chest. Kind of like arthritis in your ribs. I have that too a couple times a year when I am flaring. It could also be pleurisy but since you didnt mention any shortness of breath Im going to guess its the first one. But the pleurisy will get worse with a deep breath or changing positions. I would just follow up with your primary since you have had it for a month.
Dx: UCTD vs autoimmune spondyloarthropathy vs psoriatic arthritis (ie Limbo x5 yrs) Raynaud's, proteinuria
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   Posted 1/11/2009 8:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Helpme, welcome to the board. It does sound you have costochronditis that is what I have . My chest pain is severe and it even hurts to breathe and move. My dr put me on Ibuprofen for it . That doesnt even touch my pain . I feel for you and understand what you are going through. I was told it was inflammation of the chest wall and ribs that it would be a chronic condition. heating pad and warm showeres help some. I just wanted you to know your not alone.
Lortab,ambien,elavil,reglan , neurontin,zyrtec and soma.
spinal conditions: Scolosis,herniated discs,spinal blockage,Spinal stenosis,bursitis ,Fibro,and arthritis

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/11/2009 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys I really appreciate it and I hope u get better kara
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