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justme1403
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   Posted 3/23/2009 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
 
I was diagnosed with costochondritis a yr ago and was given painkillers, however im seeing a physio at the moment for pericarditis/chest pain which i had last yr for a while, however they think i still have costochondritis!!!
 
its painfull when pressed and is hard to take deep breaths especially when exercising, however i was wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to relieve it. painkillers have not worked!
 
is there any other solutions which i can try??????
 
x

White Beard
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   Posted 3/23/2009 10:37 PM (GMT -6)   
justme

When I had costochondritis my doctor prescribed a Methylpred Pak, it is a glucocorticoid a type of steroid you take 6 tablets the first day (2 before breakfast, on after lunch and one after supper, and two before bed) the second day it is one less tablet, and each following day it is one less tablet and the sixth day you only take on tablet. It worked great for me. Steroids reduce inflamation, and I found within two days the pain was gone! So ask your doctor about Medrol Pak. of course if you have a bad cold or an infection or anything like that they probably will not put you on it, as it lower your autoimmune system. But talk to your doctor about it, my doctor said that was a pretty common treatment for that.

Good Luck to You

White Beard
 

I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!

Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)

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edt
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   Posted 3/23/2009 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   

WhiteBeard,

Homeopathics work great for this....Traumeel, Traumed or Arnica Cream surround the area front and back, get the tablets also.  In my experience, not much else you can do besides anti inflammatories.....alternate ice and heat.  Have not heard of using Steroids for this?

((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((hugs white beard)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

XXOO
Patti

 


White Beard
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   Posted 3/23/2009 11:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Well Patti steroids are about the best anti inflammatory there is. Predinsone is about the most useful one around it is used for everything from Asthma to Ulcertive Colitis. But with that said they can be dangerous, and are not to be taken lightly, as they can and do have some pretty nasty side affects especially in high doses. But for most people at lower doses it can really be a miracle drug! The low dose 4mg tablet pak worked very well for me with costochondritis!
 
I really don't know to much about the  Homeopathic remedies, but what little I have heard about them they do seem to work for allot of people!  Does that Traumed or Arnica cream work pretty well? I know of course you can't go wrong with the alternating of Heat and Ice!
 
Anyway  hugs right back to you ((((((((((((((((((((hugs Patti))))))))))))))))
 
White Beard
 
 

I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!

Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)

Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


edt
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   Posted 3/24/2009 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   

White Beard,

Traumeel and Traumed are the same just named different depending on where you live.  Arnica is a Homeopathic Anti inflammatory....Traumeel/Med contains Arnica and Hypericum, Hypericum helps with Nerve pain....I use this everyday mixed with my lotion.  Acupuncture has been known to help as well, also treatment with an Erchonia (cold) laser (some Chiropractors use this device).  Just suggesting.....this is really a tough one to treat with traditional meds!

I'm sorry for the way I posted about Steroids...I do know they are for inflammation...I just think there are safer alternatives to using them.  I didn't mean to imply a negative....forgive me!

Justme, hope you feel better soon!

XXOO
Patti

 

 


White Beard
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   Posted 3/24/2009 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Patti

I never took your post as being negative, and I did not write mine properly if I came off like I did! ( I hope that makes sense) That is one of the hard things about posting you only have printed words, you can't hear tone or inflection in a persons words, like you can when you hear them speaking, and you can't see a persons facial expressions or body movements, which also add to expression in communication. I often regret that! As I tend to speak with my arms and hands! In one public speaking class I took, my instuctor asked me to put my hands in my pockets and give a short talk, do you know I could not speak a coherent sentence! Then he told me to do it again using my hands! What a difference! Maybe that is why it takes me so long to type a post! I just can't get my hand and arm movements into my writings! I know I am rambling now! Anyway please don't be sorry about your post I know what you met and I do agree!

You are also right about Costochondritis, it is often very difficult to treat! For most people it just goes away on its own, but that is of little help while one is waiting for it to go away! Acupuncture is something I personally can't tolerate, it causes me muscle spasms but that is another story and I have written enough, ( I also tend to be a little long winded in my writings) Smile

Justme I also hope you start feeling better!

Good Luck to You

White Beard
 

I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!

Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)

Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


justme1403
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   Posted 3/24/2009 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks whitebeard and patti for your comments i can tell ypou both know your stuff!!

i will see my physio/doc/RI and will talk to them about steroids etc that you have both mentioned!!!!

its been abit of a mad year especially having tonsillitis and costochondritis which went to pericarditis and now have post viral syndrome, aswell as this suspected costochondritis again!!!
i heard that i hurts only a few cartilages but mine hurt both sides either side of sturnum from clavicle to lower ribs, is this normal???

Justme1403 xx

White Beard
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   Posted 3/24/2009 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   

Well justme1403 it does sound like you have had quite a year!  although the costochondritis is definitely uncomfortable, and the tonsillitis can be painful and potentially dangerious,  the pericarditis is just down right scary! and maybe that is why your doctor hasn't put you on steroids already. I sure would talk to him/her about it though. I do know they don't like putting you on steroids if you have any type of infection going on. As for  your question, it can affect any of your cartilages  and the front part connecting all your lower ribs is  costal cartilage  anyway! But again I would refer you to your Doctor, as I know it can be very painful and make breathing difficult and your Doctor should be able to give you something to help it!

Good Luck to You!

Take care justme

White Beard


 

I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!

Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)

Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


justme1403
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   Posted 3/24/2009 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
cheers white beard, you have helped alot!!

x

kimmie11
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   Posted 3/24/2009 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
 
I am not sure if it was brought up but I actually took Glucosamine and Chrondritin or Glucosamine with MSM and it helped with healing. It did not solve the pain issue right away as it takes time to work but I found it worked well for me. I did take anti-inflammatories as well as prednisone but found they did not help at all. I also took fish oil pills with my meals in the beginning. The only negative to the fish oil pills is that they can cause you to become somewhat gassey. I also used a heating pad, which I found helped trmemendously. I hope you are feeling better.

Lindaloo
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   Posted 3/24/2009 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
The heating pad is the number one relief aid for me for most things. Taking prescription anti inflammatories or over the counter ones help also. For the most part, you just have to wait it out after that. Sometimes something like a medrol pack will help and other times it does not. Chostochondritis is very painful is all I know and I really hate when I get it.

Thanks for letting me share!! Gentle hugs to all!

Lindaloo
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edt
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   Posted 3/25/2009 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
White Beard,
I have the same problem as you....words without hands just don't work for me lol. Anyway, no worries...I appreciate you and if I ever insult ANYONE.....smack me in a post. I admire you and all of my other friends here on HW, this site keeps me going!
Justme, hope you are feeling better today!
XXOO
Patti

White Beard
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   Posted 3/25/2009 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Patti
I agree with you about this site, these people here are awesome!. I do Hope you are doing OK! Take care of your self! You have a very, very, very, long way to go before you reach 80 you know! (smile)

White Beard
 

I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!

Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)

Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


edt
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   Posted 3/25/2009 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   

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XXOO
Patti

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