Costochondritis - anyone have or have had and how long did it last:?

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hazelnut86
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   Posted 6/29/2010 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
This is an awful condition -
i thought mine was gone until i started working out hard this week with pushups and yoga - extreme workout -
does this never go away??
maybe i'm just sore but it feels more than just sore. i have muscle spasms in my upper ribs. ugh

stkitt
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   Posted 6/30/2010 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Costochondritis usually goes away on its own and is short-lived, although in some cases it may last for several months or longer.


If it continues to bother you please do see your Dr.



Kindly,

Kitt

hazelnut86
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   Posted 6/30/2010 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
yes kitt - i went back in november and he just gave me mobic and a chest xray and ekg - then in january it was still bothering me and i did a treadmill stress test just to ease my mind he said.  he has no other options.  he would just put me back on anti-inflammatories.  wonder if there is a specialist i should see.  wonder if i shouln't be working out .  nobody knows much about it.

stkitt
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   Posted 6/30/2010 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Costochondritis generally can't be seen on chest X-rays or other imaging tests used to see inside your body. Sometimes your doctor orders these tests or others to rule out other conditions. It looks like you have had some tests already to rule out other problems.


It can be frustrating to know that there's little your doctor can do to treat your costochondritis. But you can take self-care measures to make yourself more comfortable, which can give you a greater sense of control over your condition. To help relieve the pain of costochondritis, try to:



Rest. Avoid activities that make your pain worse.



Exercise. It may seem contradictory to rest, but gentle exercises, such as walking or swimming, can improve your mood and keep your body healthy. Don't overdo it, and stop if exercise increases your pain



Use a heating pad. Apply a heating pad to the painful area several times a day. Keep the heat on a low setting.



Once your pain is gone, continue taking it easy. Slowly work your way back to your normal activities.



It feels to me like you went a bit overboard with the exercise to soon, especially push ups ~ Ouch !



Kindly,



Kitt
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