YES! definitley, absolutely make sure the new rheummy knows about your HX and DX of costochondritis.
i've seen 2 rheummy's (one who is TOP SHELF) & one pulmonologist and the 3 of them said that there is a strong correlation between RA and costo. but...a person can have costo for other reasons as well.
if ya break it down: ritis=inflammation and costal=the intercostal spaces of the ribs. and ya do have cartiladge in there too. so in theory, it fits into an inflammatory process. (in my book it does! hey, i should write a book. hmmmm?)
i suffer from costo as do many here @ HW too.
but undifferentiated chest,rib pain needs further investigation.
i do not think costo is a criteria of RA diagnoses.
also, w/ RA there can be inflammation of the pleura and can cause very bad pain like costo.
so you'll need a series of chest xrays most likely too.
the fun just keeps adding up eh? LOL.
so as of right now, there is not a definitive DX of RA yet right? the rheummy is going to figure it out?
well my friend, just a glimmer of hope to you from me...
whatever may be will be.
you will get through this.
it will be hard.
sometimes harder than others.
and someday soon
just like me
....you'll smile at a flight of steps
....and do a ROCKY all the way up them!
ps...a very slow ROCKY that is. LOL. erin
Active, Severe RA. Crohns Disease. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. AS. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg every 4 days; pred; Pentasa; Imuran; dilaudid; diazepam; Avinza 30mg; MiraLax & too many others.