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
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?
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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!
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