Costochondritis After Severe Vomiting

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Fibro Spoonie
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   Posted 9/15/2017 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello everyone! I know this post is long but if you've had costochondritis I would be very grateful if you could read & share your experience!

I have fibromyalgia and I have a severe case of costochondritis & from what I've read it seems those with fibromyalgia are more prone to this very upsetting condition shakehead. It didn't happen randomly, I had a very very severe case of vomiting (ended up going to the immediate care to get it under control). In total, including dry heaves, I threw up around 50 times in the span of a little over 3 days! Shortly after I began having difficulty breathing, especially getting a deep breathe along with dull aching in my chest and random sharp pain in my ribs. I've had 4 different doctors listen to my lungs and they say they're completely clear so they believe I developed costochondritis from all the straining over those 3 days. I'm on the 4th week of this and I'm at the end of my rope!! I've done different home treatments and it's improved to an extent, but my anxiety is getting the best of me at this point since it had been this long & everyday is a struggle to distract myself from this. If anyone has had difficulty breathing from costochondritis I would really appreciate if you could share your experience, how long it lasted, and what assisted in healing it. I'm willing to even get the steroid at this point if it can end this nightmare for me. Thank you so very much!!

Luvzminis
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   Posted 9/15/2017 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome, Fibro Spoonie! Ouch--you have been through so much!

I have never had costochondritis, but what you said reminded me somewhat of gastritis. Just curious if you have visited a gastroenterologist to have it checked out? In doing a quick online search, it did show some similarities.

Sorry I'm not more familiar with costochondritis. I do find that there are times my gastritis is worse than other times, despite eating very carefully, and it also seems to be related to nerve pain.

I may be way off, but the connection crossed my mind, so just thought I'd put that out to consider.

I surely hope you are feeling better soon!! Is your doctor helping you much now? Have you phoned his or her nurse for suggestions on this?

P.S. A bit unrelated, but there's good general info on fibro in the very first post on this forum.

Take care and please keep us posted.
"Pray, hope, and don't worry."

St. Padre Pio

Fibro Spoonie
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   Posted 9/15/2017 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for responding, I really appreciate it!

The nausea seemed to stem from the birth control I was previously on (possible endometriosis too unfortunately) because it had been causing me really bad nausea & when I stopped taking it the severe nausea & vomiting stopped. I've consulted with my PCP & she has given me some advice but not much besides what I've already found online unfortunately.

I have had gastritis before pretty bad but minus the vomiting & I did have some pretty bad stomach problems in the week or so after the vomiting got under control so it's possible it flared up again. I never considered that so I'll probably have a talk with my gastroenterologist. Thank you so so much I really appreciate your input and thoughts!! So glad I made an account on this site smile

Sherrine
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   Posted 9/15/2017 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Fibro Spoonie, and welcome! I get costochondritis occasionally. I usually can tell if it costochondritis causing my problem by pressing on the sternum (breast bone) and if it's tender, it's costo m dealing with. I use ibuprofen and Tylenol for it. Stressing about it just makes your muscles tense up so try to relax with it. It doesn't last forever.

I know it's hard to breathe because it hurts to breathe so we breathe more shallowly. I do deep breathing exercises. Take as deep a breath as you can. This will expand those tight muscles that have a grip on you. The more you do this, the less it should hurt. At least this helps me quite a bit.

Be sure to read Fibro 101...the first thread on the forum. There is a link in there all about costochondritis and you can learn more about this issue.

I'm looking forward to getting to know you better. Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you. I do hope you start feeling better soon and I hope to hear more from you soon.

Sherrine

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Luvzminis
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   Posted 9/15/2017 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi again: Sherrine always has great advice! I had forgotten she had costochondritis, but do recall she has mentioned it before.

She's so right: Stressing makes your muscles tense up. Cold weather can do it, too. Also, the deep breathing she mentioned is so important. That's what I love about this forum: I always get some good reminders. Dealing with this stuff keeps us so busy, but it feels good to find ways to deal with the issues.

Just going to mention that I didn't have the vomiting issue with the gastritis, except for one time. I developed gastritis after taking naproxen for pain after surgery. Now I take acetaminophen for pain instead.

Mostly I had a very raw feeling, which was irritated quite often when I ate. Very sore! My gastro doc said I should avoid rough, spicy, and acidy foods (aw, that's no fun! sad ). I did better for a while, then it kicked up again; however, I know I wasn't as careful about eating as I thought (I thought the gastritis was completely gone and veered away from the 'careful' diet--wrong thing to do!).

Glad to see you here (but sorry about your health issues). It's a super forum--I've learned so much and gotten great tips.

I surely miss the spicy foods, soda pop, and things like orange juice and popcorn. But it's also taught me to be more creative about cooking, so I guess that's a positive thing. It is time-consuming, though, but well worth it, and much less pain. turn

ETA: Just mentioning there are some natural ways to space births, such as the Sympto-Thermal method and the Creighton model. They are seldom mentioned, which is unfortunate. Many women say these have also strengthened their marriages, since they involve both spouses in their use.
"Pray, hope, and don't worry."

St. Padre Pio

Post Edited (Luvzminis) : 9/16/2017 2:07:28 PM (GMT-6)


Ljm2014
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   Posted 9/16/2017 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I get that rib pain also,

I use heat and topical pain relievers for that area when it kicks up..

Also trigger point therapy..as we have fascial points that can lock up .. if you do not have the trigger point book , you can usually find ways to treat a particular trigger point on you tube..

My daughter had the sensitivities to so many of the birth control pills, it took her years in adjusting to find what she could take reasonably..

But those kind of stomach issues would have any of us hurting..so please take good care of yourself.

Lj
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