Costochondritis and Fybromyalgia

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   Posted 7/16/2009 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I have heard that Costochondritis and Fibromyalgia go hand in hand.  I developed Fibromyalgia about six years ago, but this past May I fell and landed right square on my rear end.  When I hit the floor I had the most god awful pain in my sternum that it took my breath away.  I walked around for about a week with it bothering me and just assuming that I had pulled a muscle, but by the weekend I was in such excruciating pain that I could not even stand up straight and ended up at the Emergency Room.  That was the first week in May and today is July 16, and the pain is still driving me nuts.  Wearing a bra longer than an hour is like wearing a torture device.  HOW LONG DOES THIS LAST?  It seems to get much worse when I am tired and at night.  I read somwhere that it cou lt could last forever smhair   
To all of you who are suffering from this terrible condition, God bless you and I sincerely hope it goes away SOON.

Mrs arthur Itis
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   Posted 7/16/2009 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there, Buff. i too have costochondritis and was once rushed into hospital becuase it presented like an angina attack. The heart people viewed me as a time-waster, but the pain was awful, it was only because of a kindly nurse who explained what the pain could be that i learned first that i had the condition. I find it comes and goes, I can go for a few months without it rearing its ugly head and then i get it sometimes for days at a time. In my experience medics don't seem to view it as much  of an issue giving the expression, 'Well, it happens!@ but it evidently isn't happening to them or their attitude would be different! It's as if each joint of every rib has been kicked  by a hob-nailed boot and the bruising is left, at its worst affecting my breathing. I find it hard to stand and washing up when you just lean forward that little bit is really painful as is curiously cleaning my teeth I find. I can't give you a lot of good news, a warm bath helps - if you can get in a bath which i can't so i have a warm shower. the best news is that even though you may never lose it at least the pain does come and go giving you some relief.
I know this might not help much - and i won't send a hug because that can hurt too, but i do send you loving and warm thoughts and I'm here whenever you need me!
all the best
arthur  Itis
Better to try all things and to find all things empty, than to try nothing and leave your life a blank

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   Posted 9/24/2009 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I was originally diagnosed in 1999 when I went to the ER with sharp pain shooting across my chest. That was by far my worst episode. Since then I have had recurrences that move around my chest. Sometimes it seems to be under my left OR right rib cage, sometimes the pain seems to originate behind one shoulder blade or the other, sometimes it seems to come from behind the left breast. Often it hurts when I take a deep breath. Usually taking NSAIDS doesn't really help. Generally with me, the conditon usually lasts a couple of days. I wake up with it one morning, and a few days later, i wake up and it's gone. If I could discover what triggers it, I'd be a happy camper. So far I haven't been able to link it with anything I eat or do. Doctors don't seem to be concerned. :>(

Mrs arthur Itis
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   Posted 9/25/2009 1:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I sympathise with you, sunnytan. This is exactly the response I got. I was told by a neurosurgeon to try an ibuprofen cream over my back and upper chest and this has certainly helped. I don't know about you but my pain is not constant but intermittant, but when it's there I feel that my chest is just too heavy to hold itself up,. and I need much more bed restr that normal. You could try the cream, it may help. Best of luck
Mrs Arthur Itis 
 At least the pain lets me know I'm alive!
Conditions: polyarthritis , rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondilitis, fibromyalgia, costochondritis, degenerative disc problems, occipital neuralgia, sjogren's syndrome, osteoporosis, detached retina, macular degeneration. Mobility problems, wheelchair user outsaide home

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   Posted 9/25/2009 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I had it for 10 weeks post pneumonia. It was absolute agony, heat packs really helped, the hotter I could stand the better, but in the end my rheumy gave me 4or 5 steroid injections into the main hotspots and that took it away. I'm not very technically minded but when I was suffering someone sent me a site on the fibromyalgia site that dealt with costo. It was absolutely brilliant. Answered all my questions, put everything into perspective. Maybe if you search back you might find it. Or maybe a moderator may be able to help out?
Best of luck, I haven't had it back again but I sure remember it. Imagine coughing with pneumonia and you can imagine how I was. They gave me pretty strong pain killers though, sounds as if they're being tough with you, the meanies, golitho
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