Costchondritis

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Nanners
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   Posted 4/22/2009 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Anyone else suffer with this?  I think I have it along with my arthritis and fibro.  My right ribcage hurts so much.  Its like the muscles connected to my ribs are all irritated. 
 
I take pain meds, but they don't seem to be helping.  Anyone take or do anything to help ease the pain?  Would muscle relaxants help?  I know heat has helped some, but I can't use my bag as easily at work.
 
Thanks for your help.
 
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Gail *Nanners*
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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Nanners
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   Posted 4/22/2009 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Also, can anyone tell me which doc I should see about this, the family doc or Rheumy? Thanks again.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

MikeB
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   Posted 4/22/2009 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
That's inflammation and strain of the intercostal muscles between the ribs. It can linger a good while because you obviously cannot stop breathing while they heal. As with other muscle strains and sprains, the best initial treatment is ice -- 20 on and 20 off, then heat after a couple of days, with analgesics. As for medical treatment, that's about what they would tell you too . . . mostly it's a matter of time, avoiding wrenching or straining movements, no heavy lifting, etc.

Nanners
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   Posted 4/22/2009 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Mike thanks for your response. This is an ongoing problem and has been for quite awhile. I have a hard time telling if the pain is from adhesions, fibro or arthritis. My rib cage has been a source of alot of pain for years, can this stuff go on that long? Thanks again.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

MikeB
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   Posted 4/22/2009 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I think it can be somewhat chronic and recurring, but I would doubt for years. I would lean more to toward a fibro origin if it has persisted that long. Arthritis would be more evident in the joints I think. And since you mention adhesions, I assume you have had some surgery in that area in the past, which could also be a possibility. What the heck -- try some ice and see what happens. Could be muscle-related.

snowbomb63
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   Posted 4/22/2009 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I also have had costochondritis pain for years off and on.... it comes and goes as does my arthritis and enthesitis pain. I've been told it's just another spot our inflammation settles down.... honestly, I haven't found much to help with all this pain. Some days I use ultram, some days I need vicodin, but most of the time I feel as if I'm ninety years old no matter what. Sorry I couldn't be of more help, but I just wanted you to know you are not alone... I'm happiest in a warm bath! Stay well
Marla
Crohn's, Enteropathic Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Daily Migraine

Humira, Entocort, 6MP, Pentasa, Topamax, Effexor, Ultram,
Sed rate sits in the 70's and can't seem to get it down


Nanners
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   Posted 4/22/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much Mike & Marla. Marla your response really seems to fit the bill. My side always has some kind of pain, most of the times its mild, but then I have these bouts where it hurts like heck, like the past few days. And I do notice that when my gut feels unsettled is when it hurts the worst. Oh well, will wait till I get home and put my corn bag on it, that usually helps. Thanks again.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

brit tuck
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   Posted 4/22/2009 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had really only one episode of costochondritis, but I totally feel you on it hurting like heck. I really just took the pain pills until it went away. I think I've had smaller instances of it again but nothing like the first. I'd say just take it as easy as you can and take something for the pain if you need. I don't know which doctor you should go to, but I only ever went to my primary care doctor for it.

broomhilda
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   Posted 4/23/2009 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
(((Hugs))) Nanners...I have it too. All the advice above sounds familar. You might want to mention it to your Rheumy next visit. If you have shortness of breath however you may want to get an xray just as a precaution from the primary. I've had a couple of bouts of it. The worse one I think was coming on when I decided to polish myself off by painting my guestroom. It took months for that one to disappear. Since my sed rate has been below 30 I haven't had another attack...definitely inflammation related.

Can you take glucosamine...takes about a good month to kick in but helps me. It's suppse to help the connective tissue flexability. That would help with your knees as well. Also, with the fibro (which I also have) have you had your vitamin D level checked? Mine tanked about a month ago and since they got my levels back up the fibro pain has eased up significantly. Sometimes I actually forgot to take my Tramadol! Feel better soon!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium, Lexapro, Nulev, Glucosamine, Multi-Vitamin, Calcium Citrate, Ultracet. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, kidney stones & peri-menopausal.

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