Costochondritis - how long did it last?

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hazelnut86
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   Posted 10/18/2009 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
k i'm getting very frustrated with my costo - seems like it will never go away.  i played catch with a football with my teenage son friday night and boy am i paying for it now. 
 
how long did yours last if you had it and what tests did they run to rule out other things?
 
i took mobic last night and today my stomach hurts.  not taking that again. ugh
 
 

Dagger
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   Posted 10/18/2009 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Mine has lasted for years.

hazelnut86
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   Posted 10/19/2009 4:54 AM (GMT -7)   
did your doc run any other tests or do a chest xray to rule out anything else? 

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   Posted 10/19/2009 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I have costochondritis too, and mine flares up every so often and then gets better within about a week or so.  Some folks have it for longer periods some shorter.  It is recommended that you take some kind of anti inflammatory like Ibruprofen or Aleve to help with the pain and inflammation.  Doctors haven't done any tests or anything on me.  I can't use the Ibruprofen or Aleve because of my Crohns, but I just take my pain meds and use heat until things improve.  Good luck!

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It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
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   Posted 10/19/2009 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I also suffer from Costo and it is very annoying , but you learn to live with it and move on after awhile. I also use heat as my primary relief from the pain. . . No further tests from the doc as mine was caused from a car wreck 10 years ago that broke my ribs and sternum. Overwork and stress tend to flare mine up, and am going through it right now, go figure :)

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Dagger
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   Posted 10/19/2009 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
When it started, I had pain that seemed like a possible heart attack. I had a chest x-ray and a basic workup in the ER. Later, I saw a cardiologist and I had a complete cardio workup to rule out heart problems. I also had a mammogram.

hazelnut86
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   Posted 10/19/2009 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
any women have pain under their bra - mine is mostly on my left side under my bra.   those ribs.  the side i hold my 3 yr old on when i do pick him up

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   Posted 10/19/2009 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
It can be on either side. Mine is on the right and yes at times my bra adds to the pain.
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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

hazelnut86
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   Posted 10/19/2009 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
gail does  yours move around from right to left or both?  mine seems to be on both sides. 

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   Posted 10/19/2009 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Mine is only on the right side. I think mine was related to some abdominal surgeries I had. It could also be related to Fibromyalgia. Have you been diagnosed with that too?
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

nasalady
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   Posted 10/19/2009 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
hazelnut86 said...
k i'm getting very frustrated with my costo - seems like it will never go away. i played catch with a football with my teenage son friday night and boy am i paying for it now.


how long did yours last if you had it and what tests did they run to rule out other things?



i took mobic last night and today my stomach hurts. not taking that again. ugh


Hi Hazelnut,

Mine lasted about a month. I can't imagine playing catch! Mine was so bad I screamed when I had to turn over in bed....it hurt to breathe!

I do hope you get some relief soon!!
JoAnn
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hazelnut86
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   Posted 10/19/2009 11:55 AM (GMT -7)   
no docs have never brought that up

nasalady
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   Posted 10/19/2009 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
P.S. My costo is associated with my fibromyalgia.
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hazelnut86
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   Posted 10/19/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
have you all ever went to a chiropractor for your costo?  now i'm beginning to think my pain is related to my upper back hurting.  my chiro has said ribs being out can cause chest pain - referred around to the front since your ribs go all the way around.  numerous docs have told me that ribs being out can be caused by carrying too much.  geez who knows really!!! ha  the doc at urgent care said he would take an xray just to rule out anything else.   i think i want an xray of my spine or ribs just to see what is going on in there! ha  my sternum IS sore.  feeling a little better today though.  i just feel like i will never be normal again.  ha  i did carry my son out to the car today and up the stairs to daycare which i keep saying i'm not going to do anymore!! ha  but i did make him walk down the hall and my older son carried my heavy groceries in for me. 

nasalady
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   Posted 10/19/2009 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hazelnut,

I did go to a chiropractor, but it didn't help much and I think it's because the pain is mostly from the inflammation of soft tissues that attach to the sternum and ribs. You seriously might want to see a rheumatologist and be tested for fibro....just a suggestion.

Best wishes!
JoAnn
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Nanners
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   Posted 10/20/2009 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with JoAnn as I do not see how a chiropracter could help with Costco as it is a soft tissue issue. I also agree that you should try to get into a Rheumatologist, as they are better able to help you with the Costco and see if you have Fibro too. Good luck!
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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

hazelnut86
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   Posted 10/20/2009 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   
k thanks.  my primary care told me to see a GI doctor - thinks it might be GERD related too.  but i have been taking samples of PPIs for a few weeks that doesn't seem to affect it.  i have no insurance right now.  ugh!

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   Posted 4/18/2016 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
After one year I have finally recovered from costochondritis, from a point where I would get immense pain from even taking deep breaths, to now, where I can do a full push-up workout without my chest giving me pain. I could have improved far quicker if I new what to do. For those interested, read the following:

1. Who my recovery plan will help:
This will only help people who experienced the same onset of costo symptoms as I: a GRADUAL build up of pain, rather than a sudden onset. When my pain first started, I was doing exercise with gymnastic rings and there was a reasonable (6/10) pain in my sternum. I continued to do the same exercise and the pain increased to 8/10, but still not so noticeable whilst not doing exercise. I then avoided chest exercises completely, but the pain remained largely the same and then began to get worse. I made a point to strictly avoid doing activities that could be annoying my chest, but the pain continued to get worse, and all activities became painful, even just deep breathing and twisting my torso. If this type of gradual pain onset sounds familiar, then I am almost entirely sure that you will recover in the same way that I did, as I describe below.

2. What I did to improve:
First note that I found all types of antiinflammatory medicine (turmeric etc) to be ineffective, my recovery was purely exercise based.
It appeared that the pain seemed to get worse as I did less exercise, but this did not seem likely since when I tried exercising and doing more for a few days, the pain would come on worse than ever. I went to a couple of physios, who both told me to rest till the pain had gone (I now see in hindsight that this is completely the wrong approach). So I rested for months and nothing changed. Desperate, I then went to a new physio who gave me the following advice, which is the rule that I have stuck to ever since and is all I needed to know to improve:

''Do as much movement/ exercise as you can, but staying below 4/10 on the pain scale''

When following this, the following are important:
- 'exercise' can be absolutely anything that gives you a small amount of pain (< 4/10) - aim for about a 2/10 pain. For the first two weeks, deep breathing was enough to give me pain and so every hour I would cause myself some discomfort forcing deep breaths. The following couple of weeks, I began doing light pec stretching, and pushing out my chest etc. In the following weeks and months, exercises would gradually become more intense as the pain allowed. Note that my pain only initially got worse when I was doing dips because these were v painful (ie. significantly more than a 4/10 pain), and I was not doing enough light exercise (< 4/10 pain) on the chest otherwise.
- the pain gets WORSE for a few days before it gets better: this is the tricky part, and the part that had stopped me from doing this kind of thing in the past. Once you do 'exercise' for one day, the chest is a lot more painful for following 2-3 days. During this time, it is fine to ease off with the 'exercise'. But after this flare up, resume with the 'exercise'. There is therefore a cycle of exercising and subsequent flare up. After 2-4 weeks however I found that on the days that I was exercising, I seemed able to do slightly more with my chest without as much pain. 1-2 months after, improvements were definitely apparent (albeit slow). It then took me about 5 months of this to doing my first pushup without more than a 4/10 pain. And a few more months more till I could do a pushup with no pain.

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   Posted 4/18/2016 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi BL,

Thank you for sharing! I am happy that you have made a successful recovery through your hard work.:)

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   Posted 4/22/2016 4:54 AM (GMT -7)   
hazelnut86 said...
any women have pain under their bra - mine is mostly on my left side under my bra. those ribs. the side i hold my 3 yr old on when i do pick him up


Just letting you know that is where my pain is. I've asked 2 doctors about it. My normal, good doctor says it's not my spleen and is likely nothing. Then I went to a gastro PA who almost shamed me for wasting her time asking about it. I was so embarrassed after that expensive appt.

I still get that pain now and then and it bothers me. I don't understand what it is.
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