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   Posted 8/23/2010 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone..i was finally diagnosed with costochondritis after suffering for over a year with horrible pain in my chest and left shoulder and left arm and even in my back. I went to the ER 2 days ago thinking i was having a heart attack, i couldnt breath and i could barely walk. I dont really understand this condition. I already have severe anxiety and this seems to make that so much worse. I cant seem to stop the pain no matter what i do. The Dr. gave me 800 mg Ibuprofen to take every day but it isnt helping. I am a busy Mom with 4 children and it is so hard to get through each day now i am praying the pain will stop. If anyone can help i would really appreciate it. Thanks

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   Posted 8/23/2010 10:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Aray to HW and the RA forum smilewinkgrin
Sorry you have to be here though.
Have you seen a Rheumy yet? There are a lot of maintenance meds out there that can make your life more comfortable, did they prescribe you anything other than the Ibuprofen?
Sorry for all the questions just trying to figure out how to help you.
Take care
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   Posted 8/23/2010 11:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Aray, I had costochondritis after a bout of pneumonia, it was horrendous, they gave me some good pain killers stronger than ibuprofen!
The thing that helped me was injections of cortisone directly into the hot spots, I had about 5 and it really made a difference. Also there are some really good posts on the fibromyalgia forum about this. Just search for old posts, I learnt alot there at that time.
My heart goes out to you its so painful, so hard to breath, I remember having to hold a pillow to myself so I could cough, it was agonising trying to cough up the rubbish from the pneumonia. I was a complete mess, had to sleep sitting up.
I wish you luck, but I'd definately be searching for more help, golitho

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   Posted 8/24/2010 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I never had this but hear people with RA get it and it is very painful.
I wish you all the best in finding pain relief! My goodness trying to deal with 4 children having pain that feels like a heart attack? God Bless you!

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Date Joined May 2010
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   Posted 8/24/2010 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Aray and welcome!

Last month I had a viral infection and was severely dehydrated. I ended up in the ER because I was having chest pains. The doctor told me it was costochondritis. They ended up giving pain meds to me by IV. I understand your concern. This was a totally new experience and one I don't hope to repeat.

Take care!

Dx with Rheumatoid Arthritis-Aug 2010; carpal tunnel, osteoarthritis in lower back-May 2010;Fibromyalgia, depression, sciatica-Feb 2010; Costochondritis-comes and goes; IBS-2007; RLS-2006; Tachycardia-1999. Falling apart!
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