Posted 6/26/2013 6:51 PM (GMT -7)
Does anyone on the board have experience with a costochondritis dx? I'm starting to wonder if that is the source of my chest pain. When I was first diagnosed with GERD in January and my primary symptom was chest pain, I assumed it was because of all the inflammation in my esophagus and stomach. Now, both my GI and I believe the chest pain is unrelated to the GERD; the pain has not responded to medication, is near-constant, and is sometimes accompanied by shortness of breath. I experience chest pain every day throughout most of the day and it is not related to what I eat; some physical activity exacerbates it (e.g., running) while some doesn't (e.g., swimming), and some nights I have to sleep sitting up, but I think that's when the GERD is also kicking in and there's a chest pain/nausea/acid reflux combo. My GI's been putting me through some cardiac workups to make sure there's nothing wrong with my heart or lungs and so far, everything looks good (EKG, chest x-ray, CT scan all normal).
At this point, after many months of daily chronic pain, I'm getting a bit frazzled. Someone on the board mentioned costochondritis previously as a potential culprit--is it a diagnosis of elimination? I wonder if I should bring it up with my GI or talk to my PCP about it. In the meantime, my GI has started me on Lyrica to hopefully help with the pain. In addition to all the chest pain, my joints have started flaring up again. Seriously, this last year has been so crappy that I would really like to think it can only get better from here.
Anyway, any thoughts would be appreciated as I try not to pull anymore hair out while yelling at my body to stop being such a you-know-what.
30ish F. Crohn's ileocolitis dx 2/06. Inflammatory arthritis dx 9/09. Chronic headaches+migraines. GERD dx 1/13. Asthma dx 4/13. Chronic pain. Currently taking
4g Pentasa, 9mg Entocort, Remicade (first infusion 04/13), 150mg Lyrica, 50mg Trazadone, 1mg Klonopin, 50mg topamax, Lyrica 600mg Gralise, 600mg Zantac, Maxalt and Sumavel for migraine