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   Posted 5/3/2009 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I am new to this so a couple of questions:
I get this pain sometimes, after golfing for example, in the upper part of my chest area alomst at the collar bone. It hurt to the touch if I rub the bone or between the ribs. Other times, I get it low in the ribs where they meet the sturnum. Then it just goes away. This time it has lasted for a couple of days after golfing. I am in pretty good shape, non somoker, non drinker ,etc and I stay in shape by excercising and walking alot. I just get this naggin pain i nthe ribs. I had cardio tests done a little while back and was A-OK. I looked up pressure point and the upper collar area ones seem to be exactly wehre I ache. I did not see anything about the sternum area.  Any idea what this is and how to get rid of it? Rest usually helps. But I like/need to stay active.

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   Posted 5/3/2009 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
This sounds like costochondritis.  If you press on the sternum it will be tender...almost feels bruised.  I have that and my doctor has me take ibuprofen with food for it.  It comes and goes for me, too.  For some, it comes and stays for a while!
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   Posted 5/3/2009 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
It sounds a lot like costo, which goes along with fibro often. It seems to be mostly in the chest area. I don't remember the full word, but I am sure that somebody else will. So it is kind of normal.

Most of my pain is in the neck and shoulder area. I have to really watch my posture with it.

Keep moving, that is good for you. Stretch whenever you can too.

I am glad that you have joined us. Check out fibro101. It is the second thread. It should have something about costo in it. I think that it is called costochronditis. I am not positive. Shows how much I know. lol... Fibrofog.

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   Posted 5/3/2009 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   

My dr did tell me something about chostro before. I had this when I was younger all the time. Funny thing, I was lifting weights for a couple of months before the golf season and I was fine after the 1st week or so. I recently quit lifting and started golf again and I get this.


Also when I go to the chiropractor and he steretches me all out. I feel great!. I am also prone to acid reflux. Last night after an onion blossom, I felt awful.


Is there any way to finally rid myself of chostro? Besides taking ibuprofin all the time?

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   Posted 5/3/2009 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
i was in emergency last week, I had horrific chest pain. I truely thought, it was a heart attack. The pain was like a red hot dagger just below the sternum, and a little to the right. They did the bloodwork, and an EKG and everything was "normal". The dooc sent me home with an excellent muscle relaxer, and a prescription for some kind of NSAID (supposedly for pain). I personally cannot take NSAIDS due to irritable bowel and stomach problems. It wasn't new to me, this pain, but never at this level Pain level 8-9. I think they gave me a shot of morphine in the butt, wjich knocked the pain out (along with me) for the night. I completed the course of muscle relaxer, 2 per day for five days. I feel better in that area but am still coming to terms with the pain of Fibro being ever present. It kinda puts a damper on "fun". I have to lay down everyday ay 4 PM, and usually get up to make dinner and washing up. Yjen back to bed. Anything I have to do, I have to do in the morning. Wish you luck. 

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