Tick bite and costochondritis?

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PattyLatty
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   Posted 6/21/2007 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I hate to admit that I've been unfaithful and posted on a different site, but he more I think about it, the more likely the problem I have could be due to lupus, so I thought I'd copy the following which I just posted on the Lyme Disease forum:


Hi, I'm usually in the lupus forum but am looking for advice from your folks who are unfortunately familiar with Lyme Disease.

I went to my PCP today complaining of chest and back pain. She diagnosed the problem as being costochondritis, or inflamation of the cartilage that joins the ribs with the spine. During my physical exam she asked me about the bite on my left breast, which is twice the size of a silver dollar (the red area around the bite, not my breast). I told her I didn't know but wondered if I had flea bites. She told me it was from a tick bite and asked enough questions that I knew she was questioning whether or not the tic bite and the costochondritis were connected.

I know that a tick bite does not automatically cause lyme disease, and I know the symptoms of lyme disease can be debillitating, but that's as much as I know about Lyme disease.

The most probable answer is that my immune system is attacking the cartilage in my spine, but that makes me wonder why my doc prescribed an antibiotic.

So I'm just looking for answers. Thanks for any light you might shed on this.


By the way, fellow lupies, she felt no swollen lymph nodes. What great news!

Thanks,

Pat
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dbab
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   Posted 6/21/2007 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pat, Your funny... you would have to call me unfaithful because I visit a few other forums on here as well, heck I even mod another forum :-)

I don't have costo however I know that it can happen to anyone (sick or well). My grandmother gets it and she has rheumatoid arthritis. All I know is it can be very painful and some people mistake it for a heart attack. (Always best to rule out heart problems though) I wish there was more I could tell you about it but I just never really looked for things on it.

I would still make sure that you don't get lyme though, I would ask your doc if they treat for possible lyme (prevention) because I know there is an incubation period. If you could attack it before it attacked you, you may be at a lower risk. I think the treatment involves antibiotics however this is another subject I don't know much about. Just a thought.

Great news about the lymph nodes!!!

Take Care
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PattyLatty
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   Posted 6/21/2007 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Des, My doc prescribed doxicycline for the tick bite.

I honestly did think I was having a heart attack when the costo started, but a days or so later had a massage and felt the muscle problems it was causing. The masseusse thought she felt swollen hot lymph nodes, but it was muscle that she was feeling.

Interesting that I went to the doc for one thing and came out with a prescription for something else. That's why I always believe in letting the doctors make the diagnoses. Not that there's any harm in doing some research on our own. We wouldn't want to waste the big wide web now, would we?
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jhmom
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   Posted 6/21/2007 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
(((( pat ))))) I have costochondritis too, boy it sure hurts doesn't it? Mine started under my ribs and now from time to time I will get it in my breastbone. I've been having chest pains recently and found out I may have pleurisy but not bad enough to show on an x-ray.

I sure hope the pain subsides and you get some good sleep tonight! Hugs and love to you
Stacie

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PattyLatty
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   Posted 6/21/2007 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Stacie, tell me about your costochondritis. I had no idea that you have it. Hippi gets it from time to time too. What do you do to help other than eat pain pills? Hurt doesn't say it. I sure hope you don't have pleuresy. If you feel like I do, I have enough things to complain about. I don't need any more and I know you don't.

When you have it, do you have pain in places other than your chest wall and spine? I'm having muscle spasms and my hubby tells me it's because a rib head got dislocated. He massaged it back into place and iced it down last night and the pain from the muscle spasm is better.

I was feeling depressed this afternoon and then just started to laugh. This is almost humorous.

Well ladies, have a good night and I'll probably see you tomorrow.

Thanks for your input and friendship.

Hugs,

Pat
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jhmom
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   Posted 6/22/2007 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
((((( Pat )))))) I first noticed the costochondritis under my ribs, it would get very tender and painful directly under my left rib and I could feel the inflammation (usually a knot). It hurt to take a deep breath, suck in my stomach or stretch. The pain in my breastbone wakes me at night, I can't hardly move or breath, it is pain like I've never experienced before, all I can do is lay there until it passes. Sometimes I will get it when I lay on one side for too long, then I will feel the pain when I rollover. These are the only places I have noticed the costochondritis but who knows where else you can have it! I take NSAIDS (anti-inflammatory) daily and use a heating pad for the pain.

I sure hope you are feeling better! Hugs to you!
Stacie

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mom46
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   Posted 6/23/2007 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Pat,
  Don't feel bad for posting in other forums. Most of us have multiple diseases and need all the advice and support we can get. The lymes people are very nice and helpful.
   I sure hope the tick wasn't carrying lymes and the site clears up quickly with the meds the doc gave you. Bless your heart, you have been going through alot lately....((Hugs)).
  I hope the costo clears up soon too. It can be very painful and take your breath away at times. There's alot of tiny joints and muscles throughout your chest cavity and rib cage that can get inflammed. Take care and rest. Keep us updated. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
                                                       Love and hugs, Babs
 
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PattyLatty
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   Posted 6/24/2007 11:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Babs, you're so sweet. I was just kidding about being unfaithful. I do feel so at home here and other forums just don't have the same warm wonderful people that we have here. I agree, the lymes folks were real helpful.

I'm going in for my mammogram tomorrow so I'll have a chance to let another doctor take a look at the tick bite on my breast.

This costo is really the pits. I just stretched out on the sofa today and napped off and on all day. I didn't think I had the energy, but this evening I went downstairs and took a long warm soak in the tub after having taken some more pain meds, and it made me feel better.

Wednesday my hubby and I are going to Houston for him to see a doctor there and while I had been looking forward to the trip and seeing my son and his girlfriend, I now dread it. But maybe this costo will have cleared up by then. The main thing I need to do is get my attitude re-adjusted.

Many hugs and much love to you too Babs,

Pat
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   Posted 6/25/2007 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Pat, I really hope things clear up some before your trip. I know what you mean about dreading travel when you are feeling rotten. I also hope the antibiotics take care of any possible lymes, that's the last thing you need on top of everything else.

Take care
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