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   Posted 12/31/2008 3:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been diagnosed with costochronditis and I was told the people with fibro often get it . Is this true? I would appreciate any help? I hope everyone has a LPD.
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   Posted 12/31/2008 4:19 AM (GMT -7)   
It is common in ppl with fibro I have found. I have it also and it is just another thing to add to the list of fibro issues so you are sure not alone. If you type in costo or costa in the site search box you are sure to find plenty of posts with others that have it. I know when it is bothering me I need to stay as calm as possible because stress can bring it on or make it worse. It helps me to use heat when I am having a flare up of it.
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   Posted 1/6/2009 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   

Yes, I have not been officially dx'd with Costochondritis, but I feel I do have it. I often have pain in my chest, shoulders, and ribs... They are also very sensitive to the touch at times.

Is that exactly what "Costochondtritis" is????

And I agree with QTKaren, this is just ONE MORE THING to add to the list..... lol


Hope all is well with you, Kara!


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   Posted 1/6/2009 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   
If you will type "Costochondritis" into the little Google Search box just below the yellow bar at the top of the page you will find more stuff on HealingWell about costo than you ever wanted to know. There are also several past posts here in the fibro forum about it as well.

Kara, costochondritis is an inflamation of the intercostal muscles and the cartilage of the ribs and breast bone (sternum). It is often mistaken for a heart attack because the pain is so intense.
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   Posted 1/6/2009 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   

I go through this also and I would take Jeannie's advice and just google it, because you will find so much great and helpful info. That is what led me to HealingWell and then after having the worst panic attack in my life from the pain and stress, I ended up over in the A/P forum and spend most of my time there because of my healing process and now I'm a mod so :) I still love my fibro friends although :) Everyone here has helped me so much in dealing with my pain and problems that there are not enough words of thanks in the world!

Anyway, I feel for you because the costo along with the other pains is almost to much at times. I sure hope you get to feeling better and find what works for you :)
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   Posted 1/8/2009 12:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had fibro unfortunately for 22 years and I get costochondritis every now and again.
It is honestly the cruelest pain you can imagine. I go to sleep most nights in tears as it is searing pain. But it passes in time and I am so grateful when I don't have it. I have it at the moment and it is debilitating. Deep Heat cream and hot packs do help.
I wish us both a speedy recovery!!



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   Posted 1/8/2009 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Its been over a week and was on pain meds it seemed to help but ran out of pain meds on tuesday and now in horrible chest pain from the costochronditis. I have a doctors appt this afternoon and hoping my dr refills the pain meds because im in so much pain and it even hurts when I breathe and it is keeping me from sleeping. If he doesnt refill my meds will have to go to the er for relief.
Lortab,ambien,elavil,reglan , neurontin,zyrtec and soma.
spinal conditions: Scolosis,herniated discs,spinal blockage,Spinal stenosis,bursitis ,Fibro,and arthritis

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   Posted 1/8/2009 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I have FM and Costocondritis as well. I had chest pains ranging from just annoying to horrific- at which point I went to the ER myself. A doctor there diagnosed it as Costo and gave me a packet of information about it. It can be caused by FM, stress, etc. however jus as with FM, many mysteries surround it.

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   Posted 1/8/2009 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I wound up in the ER too, everything came back negative.  It's very very painful!!  When ever I have a flare I get that pain .. never knew what it was called.  Thanks for the info! :-)
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