I have been fighting this intense, coming and going chest, sternum, rib pain for a couple of years, mainly since I got off my rear end after sitting on it for about 2 years without any excercise. So, anyhow, I go out of the house finally and start walking. It turns into a obsession for me and there I am walking like 8 miles a day, while the back and chest are getting worse and worse, but I kept pushing and my Doctor keeps telling me push through that pain.
Well, long story short, there was no pushing through that pain where it was going to get better. So finally I stopped doing it, the obsessive walking that is, and have been fighting with the back, rib and chest pain ever since. I searched all over the net trying to match symptoms and I kept coming up with Costocondritis. So I did what it said you could do and tossed NSAIDS at it and it got no better. Finally, I bought a Inverter to traction my back, and started doing side stretches and I got some improvement. At least the chest stopped feeling like a heart attack everyday. But it never reached the point of gone.
Thinking this was Costocondritis and inflammation, I didn't think a nerve pain drug like Gabapentin would work, but I was laying there in bed so sore the other night and nothing else would calm it down, so in desperation, I went over and grabbed a bottle of Gabapentin a Doctor had prescribed me two years ago and I took two capsules, and within 30 minutes, all the pain in my body was gone.
It doesn't do a whole lot for me during the day when I am moving. Maybe calms it down a bit. But when I get home and lay down its a wonder drug. I don't know if this is a issue of one of the god knows how many aspects of Fibro or if my back actualy has nerve damage and its radiateing out into the ribs and chest, but I couldn't believe how well it worked.
But, thats just me. My Fibro diagnoses is preaty much half baked anyhow. I post here because its the closest thing on the myriad of symptoms for me, and there is no forum for "I got no idea whats happening and neither do my Doctors and Shrinks."
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, Diverticulitis, Costocondritis, Thorasic Degeneration, Mild Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Mild Hilar Lymphodenopathy, Depression, Anxiety. Dyspnea. Disequilibrium.
Klonopin, Percocet, Baclofen, Ibuprofen, Valerian, Greens Plus, Magnesium, Vitamin C, COQ 10, B Complex, Niacinamide, Glucosomine, Condrotin, MSM, L-Carnitine, D-Ribose.